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Chapter Four: Open letter to society on behalf of my students

If you have followed my journey you will know that I entered the classroom this year with a bit of trepidation and hesitation. In all honesty, teaching was quite literally the LAST thing I ever thought I would do. But after observing education through my children’s experiences and reflecting on my own, I wanted to …

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The Despair of Knowing That Nothing Is Going to Change – Part Two

In part one of this two-part blog, I shared a post I wrote ten years ago about why America will do nothing about gun control. It was written after the Sandy Hook Massacre. At the time of writing this, yet another school shooting has occurred in Uvalde, Texas. In the years since Sandy Hook, there …

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The Despair of Knowing That Nothing Is Going to Change – Part One

Like everyone, hearing the news of yet another tragic school shooting, so soon after a racially motivated mass shooting the week before, has filled me with a sense of despair. I wanted to say something online, to write something poignant and meaningful, but I just couldn’t find the words. I’m thankful that our host, Meghan …

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I’m a Public Educator and I Am Opting My Son Out of Standardized Testing: Why and How You Might Do the Same.

I never took a high-stakes test in my 13 years as a K-12 public school student. Standardized testing was not yet the norm when I was in school, but it became so when I was in college studying to be a teacher. The shift was subtle in some states, but in Pennsylvania, where I was …

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How Can Our Instruction and Classroom Environment Support the Humanity of Everyone?

As a retired principal and still practicing educator who isn’t finished learning, growing, teaching, and leading, I feel fortunate to serve a noble profession that lifts all when done well and right. Given today’s political climate, “well and right” is being challenged more than ever.    Even so, I say bring it on because educators …

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Central Offices: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Part Two

This is the second part of a blog series in which two former central office administrators recount their experiences and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of central offices. In Part 1, Edjacent co-founder/Chief Design Officer Meghan Raftery asked fellow designer and regular blog contributor Doug Wren to answer a few questions. In this installment, …

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Central Offices: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly – Part One

This is the first installment of a two-part blog series that looks at the role of central offices in school districts. Two former central office administrators recount their experiences and make recommendations to improve the effectiveness of central offices at a time when public education is in peril. In Part 1, Edjacent co-founder/Chief Design Officer …

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