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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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Everything Is a Lesson! Part One

Learning is essential to improvements in our daily lives, especially when someone says or does something that you feel is a concern. Instead of blaming the individuals, conditions, or other factors. You should acknowledge your emotions and feelings, and realize you have a choice in how you respond. Your response should be in direct connection …

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Parents Will Get to Decide What Their Children Are Taught

Earlier this month, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, “I think parents should decide what their children are taught in schools. That is all.” Like many other deep thinkers in education, Pompeo is qualified to address complex issues in the field because he attended public school.  To his credit, Pompeo graduated first in his …

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Chapter Two: Ramblings from an Overwhelmed, Frustrated, but Grateful New Teacher

Phase I: Excitement and Nervousness   “FFTs (effing first times): How hard it is to be new at things – from small things to global pandemics. When we have no relevant experience or expertise, the vulnerability, uncertainty, and fear of these firsts can be overwhelming. Yet, showing up and pushing ourselves past the awkward, learner …

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Data Literacy MUST Be Taught in Public Schools 

“Statistical thinking will one day be as necessary for efficient citizenship as the ability to read and write.” This statement, often misattributed to H. G. Wells (1866-1946), is a paraphrased version of the sci-fi author’s much longer passage by American mathematician Samuel Stanley Wilks (1906-1964). Wells’s original quote is shown at the bottom of this post.   If you saw the …

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