Tag Archives: K-12

Fat Tuesday

I love celebrations! It doesn’t matter the context as long as I can laugh, eat, drink, and have a great time. Fourth of July. Love it, especially since it is the day before my birthday! Halloween. Candy overload. Who doesn’t love candy, chocolate, and dressing up in costume? Christmas. Love the smell of Christmas trees, […]

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How New Is Competency-Based Education Anyway?

Back in the mid-1990s, my family moved from Georgia to Florida between my sophomore and junior years of high school. Transferring from one state school system to another can create a number of problems for a teenager.  You enter a new school environment, without a clear knowledge of the best teachers (and the teachers to […]

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Snow days! And, Technology!

Snow days are magical events, for students and teachers. The days preceding them burst with energy and anticipation. The magic starts with murmurs. One student says to another, “Did you hear it’s supposed to snow on Thursday?” As the snowstorm strengthens, students start rearranging plans and due dates. They think, “Let’s see. If we get […]

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The Mission Admission Launch

Juniors at over 50 high schools will be beginning their Mission Admission challenge. We’ve told you a bit about the grant in our earlier blogs, but what’s going on now? I went to a couple of schools last week and I’ll give you a little insight into how the challenge will look. There are three […]

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Three Less Recognized, but Critically Needed, Skills of Leadership in Higher Education

There are few organizations as complex in terms of mission, structure and stakeholders as a university. And while shared governance is clearly an operational necessity in higher education, administrative leadership is also required to produce optimum outcomes for students, faculty, staff and the broader community of an institution. Among many other duties, leaders in higher […]

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A Plea for Arts Education

I have always loved the Arts. Music, theatre, painting, dance bring such joy into my life. However, and this is a big “however,” I have no talent in the arts. Yes, I can appreciate a good piece of music (I love Bach) and can spend hours at a museum admiring a painting (I love Manet). […]

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Still a Grand Vision?

On July 1, 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed the Local Control and Funding Formula (LCFF) in California ending 40 years of reliance on categorical funding.  Frequently Asked Questions on LCFF can be found HERE, but essentially LCFF intends to enhance educational outcomes for students—particularly high-needs students, such as low-income students, English learners, and foster youth—through […]

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Food and Academic Performance

Food. I love food! But not all food is good. Have you eaten lunch at a public school recently? I worked in public schools in South Carolina and Hawaii and, though every school was quite unique, there was one thing that each school had in common: cafeteria food. Let’s face it, cafeteria food in many […]

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Toddlers in Low-Income Communities and the Ubiquity of Mobile Technology

It’s commonplace to see a toddler wielding an iPad that seems too large for his or her use. Young children, whose fingers are still too small to reach the home keys on a computer keyboard, can deftly navigate a smart phone or tablet. Before my cousin could read, she could use her mom’s iPad. A […]

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When Bigotry Surfaces

This week’s topic is the role of an education school when bigotry surfaces in a k-12 classroom.  Tom Leahy is a middle school social studies teacher in a small community in Kansas.  He is not a Trojan, by the way.   About a month ago, he assigned his students a project that involved creating their own […]

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