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Teacher Talk on Teacher Evaluations

Published on December 21, 2016

When I reflect on my past teaching experience and evaluation process, I truly had no idea exactly what my principal wanted from me.

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Or maybe, it's not.

Published on December 06, 2016

Like many of you, I spend a lot of happy energy getting ready for the holiday season.

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STEM to STEAM: Why the Arts Matter

Published on June 16, 2016

Growing up in Mexico city, when I was in elementary school, one of the things that excited me the most about going to school was the art class. Creating something that reflected my personality was very important for me, and still is. Field trips to museums to see some of the most important pieces in the art world inspired me to become the artist that I am today, and also why I'm an advocate and supporter of STEAM.

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Why You Should Incorporate Service Learning in Your School District

Published on May 26, 2016

Have you heard about the student-run grocery stores in Leeton, Missouri and Cody, Nebraska? What about the students in Irmo, South Carolina who printed and assembled 19 prosthetic hands

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What Really Happens When Districts Consolidate?

Published on May 10, 2016

Consolidations are frequently touted as a cost savings strategy due to economies of scale, which occurs when the cost of education, per student, declines as enrollment increases. Proponents argue that consolidating offers a cost advantage due to reduced personnel and operating expenses.

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6 Gifts Teachers Actually Want

Published on May 03, 2016

Since 1984, the National PTA has designated the first full week in May as Teacher Appreciation Week, a time to celebrate teachers across the country who work so hard to educate and inspire our children.

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TJ and the Briefcase Intervention

Published on April 21, 2016

When I was a superintendent, sometimes, when I least expected it, I was reminded of students I had known throughout all the years I had been around the education system. Once I was reminded of one simply by walking by a student at a water fountain.

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The Old School Code of Silence

Published on April 20, 2016

You are in fifth grade. The last bell rings, and as your herd is trampling into the hall, YOUR MOM suddenly appears right there at Mrs. Harper’s classroom door. Oh, the sheer panic, as you murmur Why is SHE here, but let’s be honest, you already know what you did, and now you are busted.

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When Your Body Betrays You

Published on April 15, 2016

Recently, I attended the Mississippi Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) and sat in on the Keynote Speaker’s presentation  “This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents”.

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Smoke, Mirrors, and Communicating with Kids

Published on April 11, 2016

I asked my mother once if there was a secret to handling children. “Parenting is mostly distraction and sleight of hand,” she responded.

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