What Responsibility Do We Owe Puerto Rican Students?

Girl students Yabucoa

At this point, it might be useful for us to ask ourselves…what is this act, what is this scene in which action is taking place, what is this agency and what is its purpose?” Ralph Ellison, Lecture to Teachers, 1963 Several years ago I had the opportunity to work in Puerto Rico as an education […]

Just Keep Swimming


So, for those of you who have kids or grandkids, book makers came up with thebrilliantidea of adding sounds to board books. I have come to the conclusion that these books are fun to give but are awful to receive; worse than fruitcake. My daughter’s love theirFinding Dorybook, and love tapping all of the sounds […]

If Only We Take Time to Listen.


This is still a hard story to tell, not because it doesn’t end well, but because it brings back difficult times for me. But, it’s worth telling, so educators might take something away worth keeping… just in case. Quite a few years ago, my College initiated a dual credit, Early Childhood program at a local […]

Signs Your Students Are Being Bullied, Why Do You Miss Them?


It is true and incomprehensible that as teachers and education professionals that we miss our student’s signs that they are being bullied. Are our heads in the sand, are we too busy, are their grades and performance in school more important? Are the changes that subtle that we accept what is? Wouldn’t their parent have […]

Protecting The Flame


In the Olympics, an athlete with significant achievements and milestones is allowed to be the last runner in the torch relay and given the honor of lighting the Olympic Cauldron. On occasion, the people chosen to light the Cauldron are not dignitaries, cultural figures, or famous at all. Their invited participation, nevertheless, symbolizes Olympic ideals. […]

National Teacher Appreciation Week: Thank you


“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine When you work in a school district every day is Teacher Appreciation Day! Our students depend upon these brave, courageous, innovative, creative, and inspirational women and men all across the district who – every day – Engage, […]

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