Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • 15 Summer Reads for Teachers

    on Jul 3, 15 • in From the Front Lines, Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, 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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  • Consistency and Organization Are Essential for Good Schools

    on Jul 1, 15 • in Featured, Policy • with Comments

    urban schools

    Every time I hear “experts” talk about finding the next great thing to improve education I want to scream. Why are we trying to reinvent the wheel? Why don’t we use successful models to help struggling schools and districts? I am going to share with you what was a successful urban middle school as well as a successful suburban school district as examples of why consistency and organization are essential if we want good schools for all children. I taught in what was for many years a very successful urban middle school. I taught at

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  • Job Insecurity in Education

    on Jul 1, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Literacy, Policy • with Comments


    I have been teaching in a district that I love for twelve years, following two years doing long-term substituting and my student teaching. It was my first choice for where I wanted to get a contract. At the time, the high school I taught in was small enough that I easily knew all the kids in each grade-but big enough that our student sections for sporting events were loud and proud. The staff is tight-knit and supportive of one another. The administration cares about the teachers. The board cares about the community, teachers, and students. We are a

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