Is Standardized Testing the Monster of American Education?

Public education is under attack, says education historian, Diane Ravitch. At a time when schooling is being radically re-envisioned with the Common Core Standards, Ravitch makes a thought-provoking argument about the success or failure of standardized testing.

No Excuses – Not Just for Teachers

As teachers, we want to provide support, encouragement, and understanding that some things are beyond a child’s control. But, at what point do excuses become crutches with long-lasting effects?

National Parental Involvement Day

National Parental Involvement Day seems kind of like Mother’s Day.  I mean, we should show Mom we love her everyday, right?  But, I’m not complaining that we’ve set aside a day to recognize the importance  – of both. It is no secret that parental involvement plays a large role in the academic success of our […]

What teachers really want to tell parents

Ron Clark, author of “The End of Molasses Classes:  Getting our Kids Unstuck, and Disney’s American Teacher of the Year as well as Oprah Winfrey’s pick as her “Phenomenal Man” recently wrote an article for CNN describing what he claims “teachers really want to tell parents.” Clark maintain, “For starters, we are educators, not nannies. […]

President Obama Proposes Major Investment in Teachers and Facilities

Last week in a nationally-televised speech to members of Congress and the American people, President Obama shared his plan for $447 billion in tax cuts and government spending to boost the nation’s lagging economic recovery. He called on lawmakers to put politics aside and work together to solve the jobs crisis, with specific programs that […]

Do what you love… Love what you do

As summer comes to a close, it makes me think about how valuable that time is for teachers.  Looking back, summer was always a time to recharge my energy for the classroom.  By June, I was hot, tired, and ready for some rejuvenation.  Don’t get me wrong… I loved being a teacher, but after the […]

Ways to Celebrate Music In Our Schools Month in March!

This month is officially Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM), a public outreach program designed by The National Association for Music Education to support school music programs and raise awareness of the importance of music education.  Music education can have overwhelmingly positive benefits for students, yet increasing budget cuts threaten music programs in schools all […]

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Outlines Plans for Education Funding in FY 2012 Budget

We received the following news from the Illinois Association of School Administrators last week and felt it was important enough to pass on to you!  I invite you to share your feedback and thoughts on this news in our comments section or on Facebook! Governor Pat Quinn unveiled his budget priorities for Fiscal Year 2012 […]

How Should We Handle Habitual “Scofflaws” in Our Schools?

Are Traditional Disciplinary Actions Effective in High Schools? We recently received an email from a School Superintendent who has wisely reached out and asked for solutions and ideas  in dealing with a very common trend in school discipline.  When I read this, I empathized and began to wonder if there are other educators and administrators out […]

Bring Back Gardening and Higher Nutritional Standards in Schools

The traditional school year was designed so students would have the summer off to help their families plant and harvest their crops.  And here we, are generations later,  with school menus consisting of little more than corn dogs, pizza and chicken nuggets.  There is no evidence of anything that has been farmed or harvested in […]