About Mike Dunn

Mike has been working to build strong connections between students and communities in outdoor and indoor classrooms for over 15 years. His practice is rooted in a deep understanding of History and the foundation on which we build our personal and institutional educational philosophies and values. He currently serves as the Director of College Counseling at a small independent school outside of Philadelphia, teaching courses in interest/career exploration, college essay writing, college admissions fundamentals, and African History.

Vampires, Honest Abe, and the Future of History Instruction

America loves its heroes. From the earliest inspirational days of explorers sailing the ocean blue and “discovering” an unruly wilderness that would become the United States, to Teddy Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, to the canonization of Steve Jobs (notably by Ashton Kutcher is this film). Without a doubt, many of these heroes deserve their limelight. [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:14:02+00:00 July 1st, 2014|Instruction&Curriculum, Literacy, Social Studies|0 Comments

Must Reads For The Ed Reform Advocate #1: Test and Punish – A Book Review

Test and Punish, by John Kuhn Test and Punish: How The Texas Education Model Gave America Accountability Without Equity Author: John Kuhn Publisher: Park Place Publications, Austin, TX I first encountered John Kuhn’s name about a year ago while reading his article “The Pundit’s Miseducation” on The Educators Room (TER). As an education [...]

By | 2016-11-01T14:21:11+00:00 January 13th, 2014|Book Review, Educational Reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments

10 Pieces Of Technology That Changed My Teaching Practice And Others That Didn’t

It is no mystery that the education world is saturated with technology. There are tools for everything from administering quizzes, to “flipping” the classroom, to facilitating collaboration, to monitoring student productivity. Of course, with this saturation comes overwhelm. The new-to-edu-tech teacher is sure to find themselves deep in the trenches of [...]

By | 2017-11-30T22:26:04+00:00 October 10th, 2013|Instruction&Curriculum, Technology|4 Comments

Philadelphians: Don’t Let School Issues Halt Your Student’s Education

It is no mystery to those who pay attention that education is under attack in America. I am not talking about teachers being attacked (although they are), or schools being attacked (although they are), or administrators being attacked (although they are). I am talking about the value of education -- the actual priority that Americans [...]