The State of STEM in U.S. Schools

I just got back from an exciting conference about the state of STEM in U.S. schools, sponsored by U.S. News and World Report! As an AVID teacher and coordinator, I was invited to San Diego to learn more about how to include STEM into AVID's college and career readiness program. STEM is an acronym representing [...]

Budget Cuts? Don’t Take It Out On The Teachers – Or The Students

I spent the day today working with professional educators.  This group of experienced teachers gathered to learn more about mentoring those just entering our profession.  Technically, we’re there to participate in the California teacher credentialing program, which requires beginning teachers to partner with experienced support providers. But while I was sitting there, learning about learning-focused [...]

Making Learning Extra-Ordinary: A Sarcastic Stab at EduJargon

During my first week as president of our local association, I shared a copy of a "Faculty Meeting Bingo" manipulative with all our members as a joke regarding educators' over-reliance on edu-jargon. Eventually, this information made it to our superintendent, who wasn't too pleased with the actions of his new opposite. Yet I utilized the wait time to [...]

Failing our Poor Students: A Crisis of Morality and Character

Our schools aren't failing, we all are. When outcomes for our poorest students are the concern, education reform advocates like to point to"failing schools", but it's not just about schools. It isn't out-of-touch middle class parents, teachers and their unions, or civil rights organizations willing to challenge the “school choice” narrative. Those are only convenient scapegoats [...]

The Myth of Teacher Planning Time

The contract between my local education association and school district regarding Teacher Planning Time specifically states that: "professional employees shall be scheduled for a minimum of 200 minutes per week of planning time during the student day. Planning time shall be scheduled in blocks of not less than thirty (30) minutes. In the elementary schools, [...]