Since I’ve only ever taught high school, my knowledge of pre-K, elementary, and middle school programs has been quite limited. Well, that’s all about to change, I guess. Recently I was registering my daughter for the lottery-funded pre-K program that... Continue Reading →
Exciting things happen when you combine the intellectual power of fifteen teenage girls. Last weekend, students from Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, and Cross Keys High School joined forces at Mi Pilon, a Caribbean restaurant in Norcross, Georgia, to share... Continue Reading →
At this point, I'm not offering my opinion on these pieces of proposed legislation except to say this: I think kids should be able to apply their own sunscreen (see HB200). The other ones probably require a little more homework.... Continue Reading →
All the while, our students are still trying to be teenagers. Almost 70% of our students at Cross Keys are U.S. citizens, so even if there are some who try to explain away students’ pain by saying that they are “illegal,” they can’t say that. These are legal residents – U.S. citizens – whose parents are being taken away from them. For people who value family as the fundamental building block of society, how can we support these types of initiatives?
My initial impression is that this "plan B" school improvement plan (as opposed to Governor Deal's Opportunity School District) is better, but I would like to know what indicators the Chief Turnaround Office will be using to determine which schools are "low-performing."
I think that the evidence is compelling that if a school choice program does not address transportation, then it is likely to provide greater benefits to those who already enjoy so many while practically excluding many people who may already be a step behind.
The point is that this employee in the private sector would be making a livable wage to begin with, and she would be able to receive a financial reward for high performance. Teachers need to be paid a salary competitive with the private sector, and if the state chooses, they could award teachers “bonuses” based on their effectiveness in the classroom or their additional involvement within the life of the school.
In high school, I was one of those students that had a hard time understanding how Calculus or Chemistry mattered in the “real world.” I knew I wanted to do something like psychology or education – not engineering or med... Continue Reading →
Why Have Family Engagement Centers? Almost everyone universally accepts the failure of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). When I first began teaching, the cornerstone education legislation of George W. Bush hung heavily over every pedagogical conversation I had. We teachers... Continue Reading →