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  • Personalized v. Differentiated Instruction

    Personalized learning and differentiated learning are big buzzwords in education right now.  Did you think they were the same thing? As more catch phrases, tag lines, and buzzwords get added to the educational world, it's getting more and more difficult to determine what it all means, and more importantly, how it all applies to our classrooms. Two phrases I've been hearing a lot lately and very often interchangeably are differentiated learning and personalized learning. While based on the ...

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    by Chad Ostrowski | @chadostrowski
    Monday, 19 February 2018
  • Ash Wednesday School Shooting

    Repentance: A radical change in mindset and heart, a promise to do better, surrender, a confession filled with remorse In every school or education organization there must be people you can trust. In spite of bureaucracy, complacency, high-stakes political frenzy, we must guarantee a safe space, a place where anyone can find the rhythm and pulse of our collective humanity. Maybe it takes the form of a kind eye, a warm embrace, a second glance or a genuine asking. Or maybe it’s a kind individu ...

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    by Raquel Ríos @RaquelRiosPhD
    Monday, 19 February 2018
  • Turn Around...Look at Me: Recognizing the Signs of Mental Illness in Children

    As parents, we are quick to protect our children. When a physical ailment pops up, like a high fever, a strange rash, or broken bone, we take the child to the doctor. These things are easy to see and we immediately react. It can be different when a child begins having random outbursts, trouble at school, becomes noncompliant, or distant. These kinds of things leave parents, as well as teachers, confused and unsure about what to do. It may be that the child seems fine most of the time, but t ...

    by Debra Pierce | @easycda
    Sunday, 18 February 2018
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    Hollow Tears

    The new year is but 47 days old and, in that time, there have been multiple school shootings in the United States. The most recent slaughter occurred on Valentine’s Day at a Florida high school. Students and staff were tricked by the shooter into responding to a fire alarm and then senselessly sprayed with bullets as they streamed into the hallways. Seventeen young lives were extinguished in mere moments. The lives of far more were assaulted and altered for eternity. Condolences have been sen ...

    by Tim Ramsey | @PlutoTim
    Saturday, 17 February 2018
  • Three Ways Leaders Can Succeed on the "Same Team"

    My son's 7th grade basketball season finished last week.  I had a great season cheering him on along with the other parents.  There's an excitement being part of the crowd recognizing our players for amazing shots or passes.  In our enthusiasm and having watched enough basketball games in our tenure, we parents also become sideline coaches and referees to make the game even more engaging! During a game, it's not unusual for us to shout out plays or point out to the referee mist ...

    by Neil Gupta | @drneilgupta
    Thursday, 08 February 2018
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Back to School: Recovering the Passion To Make a Difference

Gail Connelly with Former U.S Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch

pic Historian and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch travels the nation speaking to educators and says that the depth of discouragement in the field is at an all time high. Why are so many educators demoralized? More importantly, how can those who feel this way recover their passion to make a difference? Diane offers some great advice.
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