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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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Jennifer Barnett

May 30, 2012

Valuable professional learning discussions


One might not find it unusual to find a group of teachers chatting about learning. Recently I was in a virtual room of nearly 60 amazing teachers discussing their own professional learning. The fact that so many teachers spent an hour sharing their perspective on professional development for educators was not unusual. What was unusual [...]

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Ariel Sacks

May 29, 2012

Taboo topics for student writing?


Here's a question.  

I allow my students to read books that deal with taboo topics (such as drugs and teen pregnancy) and contain occasional curse words—as long as they have literary merit and are reasonably age-appropriate. I tell students I know they are mature enough to understand that those words are there because the author wanted them to be part of the story, to create realistic characters and settings, not because they are welcome in our classroom community. Students seem to do well with that fine line.

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Renee Moore

May 27, 2012

Is DoED considering sacrificing disabled children?


Diane Ravitch set off alarms with this recent post about plans bubbling up at the Department of Education to cutback on enforcement of provisions of IDEA, specifically the Individual Education Plans (IEPs) of every special needs student. Ravitch's remarks are based on listening to a speech by the Director of OSEP, Melodie Musgrove, at an April convention of the Council for Exceptional Children.

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