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More Buildings, More Maintenance Problems: Ideas for Improving Facilities in DeKalb

I spend inordinate amounts of time thinking about DeKalb Schools and one of the questions I have continued to be plagued by is this: Why are the facilities in DeKalb in a state of such disrepair, especially compared to other Metro Atlanta school districts? I began to look at the traditional arguments: “Other districts have more money to invest in their schools,” “That district’s buildings are newer,” “Those districts have wealthier students,” or “Those districts spend more money per student.” I’m not entirely convinced that those answers explain why DeKalb’s buildings suffer more than other districts.

Please, DeKalb Schools, don’t tear down more affordable apartments in our community.

Please, DeKalb Schools, don’t tear down more affordable apartments in our community. A couple weeks ago, our Cross Keys community was excited to find out that we are moving closer to getting a long overdue new school building. However, my... Continue Reading →

How to Deal with Smart-Aleck Students (or, Rethinking Differentiation)

Then, while I’m teaching the rest of the students, I can allow these students to create their own independent projects, allowing them to do work that interests them. They can then insert the grades earned from these independent projects in place of other assignments that measure similar skills. On the other hand, if they don't earn A's on both the essay and test, I can explain to them (using data) why they need to pay attention and complete the assignments leading up to the test.

Creating Student Learning Communities in High 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 →

Doraville Mayor & Community Do Not Want a New High School

I also sit on the school council at Cross Keys High School and the entire council (and everyone present) supported Option B. In conversations with other faculty, the overwhelming majority supported Option B. (When I say "overwhelming majority" I mean that literally no one at the high school has told me they support Option A -- a Doraville HS.)

Doraville TAD Has Big Implications for DeKalb Co

Our county must start thinking of itself as a whole county – not as a North DeKalb and a South DeKalb. What happens in one part of the county affects the rest of the county, and I’m glad that the Board of Commissioners made a decision that reflects that mentality.

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