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Is the Bar Too High? ESSA, Scores & Elections

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Just my Opinion, but…. JUST SAY NO to standardized testing. It’s time. Right before elections it’s turning into a political football, local, state and federal. At the national level, the leap to ‘for profit’ schools, slaps us into the face of reality. Tests. Lower the bar, fix or dump the tests? A conundrum. Is the […]

7 Ways to Make Learning Impossible in Your Classroom

We talk a lot about how to increase student achievement and improve learning in our classrooms. A lot of these conversations are centered around what needs to be added or changed in a classroom, NOT what should be removed. Many of the practices that still exist in classrooms across the country are not only outdated, […]

7 Ways to Increase Student Achievment

As you read this you probably have a lot of ideas floating through your head about the amazing learning activities you’re going to experience with your students. Whether it is an idea you read about in an article, something a colleague of yours has tried, oran awesome PDsession you’ve attended, it’s time to put those […]

20 Years Ago

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I still can’t believe that I graduated Union High School 20 years ago this year. 1997 was a fun year–a senior in high school, not a care in the world. Then again, it was a different world. My superintendent, Dr. Jakubowski (with whom I still speak), made two prominent points at our graduation. 1. Don’t […]

Are You Listening? Preschool Matters!

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I just returned from our state’s annual Early Childhood Higher Education Summit feeling a mix of angry and frustrated. Our NAEYC state affiliate maintains a staff of attorneys and advocates who actively participate in legislative conversations and hearings dealing with early childhood education. This month, a bill comes up for a vote on whether or […]

State of the Dream in the New Year

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With hope in my heart and passion in my soul I am reposting last year’s MLK inspired missive.This year, more important than ever, may we recognize Dr. King’s aspirations and belief in the future success stories for all America’s children. Tonight my heart is filled with joy. As we welcome the successes of the New […]

The Achievement Gap

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Three simple words that can silence a room almost as quickly as they are uttered. We all know it exists. We’ve known for quite some time now. But it’s not going away. In fact, it appears to be widening in many areas. And it’s not as if we aren’t giving it attention. We’ve thrown money […]

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