Patriotism and Politics: “In God We Trust” in Public Schools

As the 2019-2020 school year commences, the calendar might as well read the year 1956--the year President Eisenhower included "one nation under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance and the national motto declared:  "In God We Trust." Although the futuristic year of 2020 is upon us, we continue to live in a time of anxiety [...]

The Boutique Schools Of Our Future

This past week I spent a few days at Northeastern University for a doctoral residency in the program I'm currently studying under. Part of this experience was spending a day interacting with the NExT community: A group of schools dedicated to Innovation and experiential learning as part of their mission. I learned about programs such [...]

New Tricks for Old Dogs: What Novice Teachers Offer

With 44% of teachers quitting within the first five years of entering the profession, it is statistically likely you know a teacher like me: one who has yet to cross the five-year threshold. I am almost there, approaching my fifth year, but have yet to earn esteem as a “veteran teacher” among my colleagues. Rightfully [...]

Fellow educators, do you care about other people’s children? How about migrant children?

Fellow educators, you have made a career centered around giving to children.  You have worked diligently to become an expert in your curriculum, designing dynamic lessons while connecting to the whole child.  You might even call the students on your rosters, "your kids."  With your compassion for other people's children as a focus, I ask [...]

Bullying: Did the School System Fail This Mother?

Before I dive into this article, I want to share a few statistics on bullying. Bullying According to the National Education Association's article, "Nation's educators continue to push for safe, bully-free environments"  "Over 160,000 kids refuse to go to school each day for fear of being bullied."  Andrea Cohn and Andrea Canter, Ph.D. pointed out [...]