Category Archives: Education reform

“Building” Trust – C. Sousa

Trusting relationships are a key factor of successful schools. Building a positive professional level of trust forms the foundation that allows staff, students, and communities to take risks, succeed, fail, and find success again. All staff need to be vested … Continue reading

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Middle Schools

Middle schools are unique places largely due to their unique student population. Students ages 10 – 14 undergo vast social, emotional, intellectual, and physical changes and it is the role of middle schools to provide an academically challenging curriculum with … Continue reading

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Do we measure creativity, inquisitiveness, inspiration?

Good question.  Below is a link to a video of a Tennessee high school student speaking at a board meeting about school reform and specifically the adoption of the common core and the assessments surrounding it.  It is very interesting … Continue reading

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The Answer to STEM concerns may already be in the Hands of our Students

America has an urgent need to cultivate a strong workforce of innovators in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, but too few students receive the academic support and many lack opportunity to study STEM in school. Why should we … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Finnish Lessons

I recently re-watched a video of Alan Lishness (who designs middle school science programing for the Gulf of Maine Research Institute) talking about his visit to Finland and his reflections on their educational system.  While I believe deeply in American … Continue reading

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Let’s hope for smarter and balanced uses for our assessments

I hope everyone’s year has gotten off to a great start.  The first few months of the year are always a roller coaster ride, between getting to know our students, creating new lessons, parent conferences, open houses, and statewide testing, … Continue reading

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