What Black History Month Could Be

It’s Black History Month and my daughter, like a lot of kids, will learn about the basics – the very basics: Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Dred Scot – and of course, MLK. I’m grateful for this annual spotlight, but I can’t help but think how that approach narrows Black History to people who lived within slavery and civil rights demonstrations....more
Black history is American history and it should be taught in all of the schools. Because people ...more

Before You Buy That Phone: Keeping Teens Safe Online

It is in the media again. A child murdered by an online predator who lured her/him through a social media account. As a parent of soon to be tweens, this has the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I have been an iPhone customer for 4 years now, and we bought our iPad 2 years ago. So that made me a smartphone owner at the ripe old age of 36 years old. My youngest, at 5 years old, has see the iPhone and iPad for 4 out of 5 years of her life already. She will grow up in a completely different world than me. ...more
Rita Arens I agree some kids personalities would mean a phone or a life on it would be no big ...more

Changing the Lessons of Black History Month

It’s Black History Month. I have to admit, it hasn’t always been a month I looked forward to. As a kid, I went to school in at a predominantly white public school. Out of 80 kids in my class, I believe there were about 10 African Americans. And that’s including me. Every single year, during the month of February, slavery was the central focus of teaching Black History Month. I hated it....more

College Planning - Ten Tips

College,  post high school eduction, student loans, career planning. How to put it all together. It's not easy in most cases, and most of the deliberation centers around cost vs. potential earning....more

New Teacher's Guide to ELA Common Core Standards

With the implementation of the Common Core standards into my daily instruction, I have found my instruction is more targeted and purposeful. Because I teach 6th grade, the majority of my language arts lesson plans and resources are CCSS aligned for grades 4 through 8.While I have created tools for lower level readers due to the diverse levels of my student learners, I find based on DRAs, DIBELs, MAP testing, and other progress monitoring tools, my students are building their ELA skills in the range of grades 4-8....more

Michelle Obama says honest conversation on women’s rights will improve education

US First Lady Michelle Obama told world leaders that education must not be separated from wider discussions on the rights of women and girls ‘regardless of a nation’s culture, religion, and tradition’ during the World Innovation Summit held on November 4, 2015 in Qatar.  ...more

Organization Spotlight - Mission:Wolf

The stars create a mosaic of brilliant light in the clear summer sky, and a crisp breeze runs through the leaves of nearby aspen trees. As I sit on the ground gazing up at the milky way, the song of the wolves begins in a hushed tone. The song crescendos as more wolves join in, creating a moment that I will never forget....more

Teaching Acceptance: Gay Rights & Inclusive Education

 Today I heard a boy telling another boy that it's weird if he likes boys. The second boy responded, "No, I like girls." I heard him insist a couple times — he didn't sound stressed, he just repeated it....more

Why Teachers Shouldn't Battle Cell Phones

Today I was at a school where teachers fight with students about cell phones. In the staffroom at lunch, teachers were complaining that kids are so devious they sit on their phones, or pretend to be reading, anything to be on their phones when it's a very specific, important rule in the class that phones are to be away and off....more