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Between Passion and Possibility: Creating My Dream School

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You never know when your possibilities will unveil themselves to you. I’ve told children that for 17 years. In January, I began to live my own.


An Opportunity to Share My Voice


Los Angeles high school student Maria Urquilla describes what a class trip to Washington D.C. taught her about the importance of student voice.


Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding


One of the major benefits of marrying a teacher is the fact that we share a summer schedule. This summer, our schedule found us on Sanibel Island, FL. My husband, Paul, had mentioned riding a tandem bike on several occasions, and given that the number of bikes matched the number of people on the island, we went with the “why-not-today” philosophy.

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Lori Nazareno

June 11, 2014

Beer, Badges, and Belief in a Brighter Future: 3 Lessons From Oppi


When was the last time you attended a teacher conference where hops kept you hopping through an energizing breakout session?

Let me think…

Oh yeah. That would be NEVER!

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Oppi Festival in Helsinki, Finland. This was only the second time that this event had been held and they mareted it as not your ordinary teacher conference. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones where we learn about:

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William  Tolley

June 10, 2014

5 Reasons to foster relationships between national and international school teachers


There are currently more than 6,000 international schools around the world, serving nearly 4 million students. Sadly, this rich source of cosmopolitan human potential is barely tapped by teachers in the United States. Worse yet, very few international school teachers maintain contact with teachers back home. Using the United States as a model, here are five reasons international school and home nation teachers should strive to communicate, collaborate, and coordinate:

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Megan Allen

June 10, 2014

Game of Desks: A Song of Money and Lives

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Confession: I’m a big fan of The Onion and an equally big fan of Game of Thrones. In light of those two facts, I’d like to introduce this week’s blog in the form of a movie preview I’m working on (with a trailer to come!). I had this “aha” the other night as I was settling in with the show and a glass of red zin, realizing that there are so many similarities between Game of Thrones and the current situation in public education. Probably not what George R. R.

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Dave Orphal

June 9, 2014

Peer Partners


When I was a kid in school, I barely even know that there were kids with special needs on campus.  They were there, in a segregated classroom.  I saw them occasionally at lunch, all together, isolated from the rest of the student body.

I’m ashamed that I used their differences to make myself feel better.  I may have been picked on for being fat.  I may have had only a few friends, all of whom were as unpopular as I was.  At least we weren’t retards!  Yes...  I used that slur.

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Renee Moore

June 6, 2014

Getting More High Quality Teachers Into High Needs Schools


In October 2009, I was invited to D.C. to speak to a room full of staff people working for members of Congress and a few other Federal agencies at the Library of Congress. These were people interested (or assigned) to education issues. The invitation came from the Forum on Education and Democracy, and the event was led by Sam Chaltain.

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Lauren Hill

June 5, 2014

Student demands more support for standardized tests


How do you prepare students for the ACT or SAT?  I teach the concepts tested, and I try to familiarize students with the test format, but that's the extent of it for my Kentucky juniors.  For his final project in AP Language this year, one of my students took me to task on this point.  Read his article and let us know what you think:

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Ariel Sacks

June 2, 2014

2014 Bammy Awards and What It Means to Be Recognized


Yesterday, CTQ colleague Renee Moore tweeted a congratulations message to the 2014 Bammy Award Finalists, and tagged me in it, along with several of my favorite teacher-writers, Jose Vilson, Larry Ferlazzo, and Stephen Lazar... and that's when I saw that I, in fact, have been selected as a finalist for a Bammy Award for Middle School Educator of the year!

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