EDWORDS: Latest Blog Posts

  • Kindergartner + Stress = A Personal Day?

    A nearby community has a wonderful, play-based preschool cooperative. Several of the teachers are my former students and I was invited to attend their monthly meetings whenever I could… joining in conversations with staff and families about child development, preschool, parenting… life. I’ve been to 4 of these sessions and so far, it’s been interesting to hear the kinds of things that concern both preschool teachers and parents. Last Monday night, a mother told us about her oldest son, who was ...

    by Debra Pierce | @easycda
    Saturday, 13 October 2018
  • This is My Son

     Our country truly needs to re-examine the way it views education.  A boy in my homeroom class was packing up at the end of the day. He walked up to me and asked quite bluntly, in pure seventh grade manner, "Mr. Ramsey, was your father ashamed of you for becoming a teacher?"  I was truly taken aback and hurt a bit by this question. But, in true seventh grade teacher manner, I remained calm and asked, "Why would you even think that?"  "Well, like he was in the Marines..."&n ...

    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Tuesday, 02 October 2018
  • The New Sheriff in Town

    It's been the first time in a long time where I start pressing the keys.  I blogged for a long time and took a hiatus.  Were my words and thoughts so important that I needed to share them with the masses? Hell no. My words and thoughts are just that...words and thoughts.  However, when issues arise, I have a platform to turn to. The past 2 years have been a whirlwind for me. I've had the chance to crisscross the country, working with all walks of educational life in rural, suburb ...

    by Jay Eitner | @Jay_Eitner
    Tuesday, 25 September 2018
  • Banned Books Week 2018: When's Enough, Enough?

    Celebrate your freedom to read. Read a banned book! That's right, celebrate your freedom to read. It's an important freedom, and it's protected by the First Amendment. Celebrate the right to read which books we choose. Censorship is censorship. There's a fine line between challenged and banned books. Sometimes it's fine and, sometimes not. Banned Books Week, promoted by the American Library Association and Amnesty International reminds us freedom is not easily maintained. We must retain our abi ...

    by Rita Wirtz | @RitaWirtz
    Monday, 24 September 2018
  • Coauthors

    At school, we have a new program that allows teachers to monitor students as they work online.  One cool feature allows us to simply shut down a student if he is not on the assigned site for the day.  It is fun watching their reactions to being instantly blocked. Another great feature allows me to go directly into the document that a student is creating and to join the student in the writing process.  I can add feedback, and I can also help guide a student’s writing in real time. ...

    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Saturday, 22 September 2018
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No Smokers: Setting Up Policies Barring Smokers in Early Childhood Settings

The Next Wave:

Holly Elissa Bruno with Jonathan P. Winickoff, MD, MPH; Suzi Brodof & Susan Offutt

pic Allowing smokers to work with children is a tough ethical debate. In this segment we dig into the question of establishing policies that bar smokers from working with children. Are these policies needed, appropriate, fair? How should education leaders approach this issue?
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