Conference Review: National Council for Social Studies

The National Council for Social Studies had its 96th annual conference this past week in Washington, DC. Like the NEA’s Representative Assembly, the assembly is held in the nation’s capital during election years. It marked my first in attendance. Being from central Pennsylvania, I’m fortunate enough to be able to drive to the District of [...]

By | 2016-12-05T19:24:47+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Classroom Leadership, Common Core, Featured, Social Studies|0 Comments

Dear President Elect Trump, From Your Teachers

It is American Education week.  This event is an honor given to teachers one week a year by the National Education Association since 1921.  The message this year is about empowering educators, students, and schools across the nation.  Educators have been long ignored as experts in education.  Empowerment is a timely message this week as we [...]

By | 2016-11-17T11:00:20+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Common Core, Current Events in Education|0 Comments

We Need our Educators Now More than Ever

We desperately need dedicated educators willing to build a career around serving today’s learners and today’s communities-our tomorrow depends on it. Under the guise of "reform", public education and teaching have been under a years-long attack driven by private interests in collusion with policymakers looking to profit from and gain control of a private education [...]

Have You Been To A #GAFE Summit?

I've been teaching for 26 years - English, AVID, Yearbook, Reading, History and any sort of intervention class that gets thrown my way. I've been through whole language and back. I've survived NCLB. I've been trained in teaching the Gifted and Talented, the At-Risk and 21st-century students. And last weekend, I went to my first [...]

Educate Yourself and Vote

I am praying for our nation.  We have a circus going on being sensationalized by the media.  While this is happening, in fourth grade, I teach my students about government.  They are exploring a basic understanding of how democracy works. They are learning about the three branches of government.  And we will explore rights and responsibilities of citizens.  These [...]