Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • Teachers in the United States Are NOT the Problem

    on Jul 14, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Instructional Strategies, Middle School, Policy • with Comments


    For more years than I like to think about teachers in the United States have become the issue in determining why U.S. students do not perform as well as their international counterparts. The reason that there has been little success in turning our public schools around is that teachers are not the problem and until we focus on the REAL problem with our educational system we will continue to lag behind other countries. The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), an international group of countries working to promote policies that will improve the lives

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  • Advice For ESOL Teachers: Professional Development with “Speaking In Tongues”

    on Jul 6, 15 • in ESOL, From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Policy, Professional Development • with Comments

    Advice For ESOL Teachers- Professional

      The 2009 documentary Speaking In Tongues is a fascinating look at three bilingual programs in the San Francisco area school system. The film itself depicts the effects of learning and losing language for a variety of families over several generations. Although the film is six years old, the issues it raises are definitely still relevant, given the USA’s continuing struggle to deal with immigration, diversity and multilingual cultures. I co-lead a professional development workshop with this film as a resource and would highly recommend it as a resource for ESOL teachers who are leading

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  • 15 Summer Reads for Teachers

    on Jul 3, 15 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, High School, High School, Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Middle School, Policy • with Comments

    Book list  for teachers on break

    Ah, summer. The days are long and the possibilities endless. It’s the perfect time to recuperate from a long school year, and look forward to the possibilities and opportunities the new year will afford. It’s also time to relax a little. And what better way to relax than with a great book? I’ve compiled a list of fifteen books I think are “must reads” for teachers–secondary teachers especially.   Fiction – of the YA Lit Variety Winger by Andrew Smith – This is hands down one of my favorite books ever written. It has also

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  • Bus Fare – The View from ISTE2015

    on Jul 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Policy, Technology • with Comments

    Best Buy's ad space at ISTE2015

    In the day- and-a-half I have spent at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Philadelphia, I have come to a troubling, but inescapable, conclusion: Money Is An Issue. This is not news to anyone in education. In fact, it is such an obvious conclusion that any reader who has spent a day in a classroom might be saying, “Yeah? And?” Fair enough. But there is education money, and there is the amount of money that is at stake at ISTE 2015. Every space, surface, consumable, and activity at ISTE’s conference is

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  • Getting a Health Information Technology Degree

    on Jul 1, 15 • in Policy • with Comments

    Healthcare is growing and increasingly complex industry, demanding trained and educated job candidates in order to keep vital medical records in order and available to physicians in order to properly and safely treat their patients. Within medical groups, and among individual providers, patients often must see more than one physician for a given specialty. In such a complex field, obtaining a health information technology degree from a leading school like Arizona College – not simply a certification – can assure prospective employers of your skills and help keep you employed even during a rocky economy. 

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