April 2017 Blog Posts (39)

The importance of Play

The Importance of Play

Jonathan T. Jefferson


“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” - Charles E. Schaefer



Added by Jonathan T. Jefferson on April 29, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers



Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers




APRIL 27, 2017

PAUL SMITHS, N.Y. — The Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank known for attacking climate science, has been mailing a slim, glossy book to public school teachers throughout the United States. The institute says it plans to send out as many as 200,000 copies, until virtually every science educator in America has… Continue

Added by Michael Keany on April 27, 2017 at 4:23pm — No Comments

What to do on a lame duck school day by Jennifer Gonzalez

What to Do on Lame Duck School Days

Posted on April 23, 2017 by Jennifer Gonzalez

The term “lame duck” is most often used to describe a president who is still sitting in office after his or her successor has been elected. Technically this person is still the president, but his or her decision-making power is generally perceived to be minimal.

We have something like that in school: those days when technically we’re still in school, but because it’s right before…


Added by Michael Keany on April 23, 2017 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Successful Leaders Develop Their Expertise Through Daily Practice

Leadership, like life, is a journey best taken along with a healthy dose of self-knowledge, social conscience, empathy, compassion, and humility. What is taught and learned in administrative preparation programs are the nuts and bolts: the law, finance, labor relations, supervision, governance, the details of the daily responsibilities. These are all necessary knowledge and skills for the administrative role, but they are not all one needs to know. The successful ones, the ones who…


Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on April 23, 2017 at 7:33am — No Comments

Betsy DeVos wants more character development in schools. That’s a big problem. Buckle up, kids.

Carimah Townes

Criminal justice reporter at ThinkProgress. Contact me: ctownes@thinkprogress.org

Apr 18

Betsy DeVos wants more character development in schools. That’s a big problem.

Buckle up, kids.

CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

You’ve read the stories.

An eighth grader was locked up for throwing skittles on a schoolbus. A 6-year-old girl was handcuffed for taking candy from a teacher’s desk. An officer slammed and dragged a high school girl,… Continue

Added by Michael Keany on April 22, 2017 at 1:32am — No Comments

Where did all the black teachers go?

The New York Times

Where Did All the Black Teachers Go?

APRIL 20, 2017

Editorial Observer


I started first grade at an all-black elementary school in Chester, Pa., a deeply segregated factory town near Philadelphia, in 1957 — three years after the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that school segregation was unconstitutional.

The crisply dressed first graders who moved hesitantly that day through the halls of the Booker… Continue

Added by Michael Keany on April 20, 2017 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

Leading Successful School / Business / Higher Ed Partnerships

One of the facets 21st century schools have in common is partnerships with business and higher education.  Many schools and districts already have partnerships that can be maximized with a willingness to recognize that:

  • Students continue to fail to see a connection between what is happening in their classrooms and their future lives.
  • Teachers do not have experience working in the fields of their content area.
  • Targeted professional development that…

Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on April 20, 2017 at 7:07am — No Comments

Learn Construction skills

House construction is at boom in Australia and many bigger projects usually need many construction contractors hence creating a huge need of home construction workers. 

Paul from Home builders Brisbane says that the demand for home builders is increasing and therefore many home builders often need the trading professional like electricians, plumbers or construction workers. 

This shows that this is a unique field and…


Added by Victor Ron on April 19, 2017 at 7:26pm — No Comments

Leaders, We Can Interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline


The phrase 'tough on crime' sits atop a silent undertone. It is not about early intervention or after school programs or drug prevention programs. It is about punishments and putting "them" away.  Steven H. Cook, a former police officer who became a federal prosecutor based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has just been appointed as a top lieutenant in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' administration.  According to the Washington Post:

"Sessions and Cook are preparing a…


Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on April 18, 2017 at 7:53am — No Comments

Racism and White Privilege: There is Always More to Learn

Schools reinforce societal values...but should they?  It is part of the intention of public schools, isn't it? Preparing children to grow into contributing citizens in our society is certainly part of the curriculum. Educators carry with them the limits and biases of the society as well as the mores that make us a civil society. Without realizing it, and with no bad intention, schools reinforce the effects of racism and send graduates off who are holding those very societal values we…


Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on April 16, 2017 at 6:34am — No Comments

Author Interview: 'Teach Like Finland'

Author Interview: 'Teach Like Finland'


Added by Michael Keany on April 14, 2017 at 2:37pm — No Comments

My Name is Michael: An Autistic Student Explains Autism

This video was part of a class project in which students were asked to tell a story. Michael wanted to convey to his classmates what his life is like as a person with autism, and with the help of one of his teachers, John Lozano, he used images and video to tell his story, an effort that took almost seven months. Michael decided the kinds of pictures and footage and directed Mr. Lozano how it should come together.

The music in this video is “untitled,” by Kina Grannis. It isn’t that…


Added by Michael Keany on April 14, 2017 at 2:28pm — 1 Comment

Are We Teaching With Technology or 'Brain Hacking'?

We have an obligation to be mindful of how we teach and use the use of technology in learning. If you are wondering whether this applies to you or not, try spending a day without your phone attached to you, not checking your email, or looking for news alerts or suggestions for purchase. We would struggle to do that ourselves. Look around during faculty meetings and see whether there is focused attention or whether some are looking at their phones and iPads. Ask yourself if you've…


Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on April 13, 2017 at 7:15am — No Comments

Travel Ban's 'Chilling Effect' Could Cost Universities Hundreds Of Millions

Travel Ban's 'Chilling Effect' Could Cost Universities Hundreds Of Millions



Added by Michael Keany on April 12, 2017 at 10:36am — No Comments

Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress By Judy Willis MD

Brain-Based Strategies to Reduce Test Stress

A neurologist shares ideas for beating stress before and during test time.

Added by Michael Keany on April 11, 2017 at 10:49am — No Comments

8 Ways to Check for Understanding with Nearpod


Added by Michael Keany on April 11, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

4 Lessons for Leaders From Children


We have discovered over the past election cycle that it was getting more difficult not to get dragged down. The more hateful the language, the more distasteful the attitudes, the more troubling the policy, the more invisible the values, the more we were challenged to stay optimistic. A school is just a building without those human qualities living within it. We do know, however, that our business is one of hope and of optimism and of…


Added by Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers on April 11, 2017 at 7:15am — No Comments

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