“Tell me what you need to ensure that every student is your class can learn.” – The Principal of Change – Education Article

In my post, “Invest in the People that Invest in the Students,” discussing the importance of focusing more “on people” than initiatives and programs, a comment from Catherine Quanstrom stuck out to me: Our teachers are caring professionals who are increasingly stymied when it comes to meeting the learning needs of their students in today’s diverse, inclusive classrooms. These classes often contain a critical mass of students with complex learning profiles. Just once I’d like to hear of an administrator…

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Who Sharpens You? – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

As Iron Sharpens Iron, so One person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 Teachers are members of learning communities. Core Proposition 5, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. I have had the privilege of participating in multiple small communities of learning groups. As I reflect on the places I have grown, one common thread runs through all of them: community. In-depth Bible studies District level Music teachers’ PLC Board member for state music educator’s association Arizona Hope Street Teacher Fellowship National Board…

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Snap: Academic Gaps Continue for African American Youth in AZ – Education Article

As mentioned in my previous articles, I have set off on an inquiry regarding the academic status of African American students in Arizona. Although I am still in the gathering process, it is time to give an update on what I have learned. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) The NAEP provides an update on the math progress of our nation’s children. I specifically looked at the academic progression of African American students in Arizona in 2017 (the most current…

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Freshmen Transition: Creating Programs to Fit Your Needs – Education Article

Thinking back to my first day of high school, I remember feeling anxiety, nervous excitement, and fear of the unknown. I grew up in a small tight-knit community and knew most of the students in my class as we entered high school. What I do remember about that hot August day in Gilbert was attempting to find my classes, loving all the lunch options, and surviving the day without any major disasters. But is this the norm? Do our incoming…

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How do you Learn to be a School Administrator? – Education Article

“The talent squared workplace is possible because gifted bosses and great employees want the same things from a workplace: Freedom from management, mediocrity, and morons; a change; a chance.” – Dale Dauten, Gifted Boss “Connect your brain to your mouth and good things will begin to happen.” – Granville Toogood, The Inspired Executive There have been a number of Stories from AZ School Blogs this year about the importance of school leaders.  The research points to the importance of school leaders…

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2 Weeks of Action – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

It is part of our mission of the Arizona National Board Certified Teachers Network to raise awareness about the impact of National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) on our students, schools, and profession.  Many NBCTs have shared our stories about why National Board Certification matters to us with our colleagues, administration, parents, and school boards for years. We had a dream from the infant stages of the Network in 2015 – we wanted to tell our legislature about the value of…

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The Freshest Apples: Teacher Terms Matter – Education Article

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words…well, I think that words can hurt a lot. In a teaching climate with an ongoing teacher shortage and massive teacher attrition, I think we need to choose our words very carefully. A few weeks ago, I heard someone talking about a teacher they are hiring for next year. They called the person a “baby teacher.”  Baby teacher? What the heck does that mean? I briefly considered a sarcastic comment about getting…

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AZ – SB 1051 – The High-Quality Teacher Pilot Program – Education Article

SB1038 came about because Arizona schools were no longer offering physics. As teachers left, schools chose to eliminate programs as there was no one to teach this subject. We eventually got down to 159 certified and active physics teachers teaching in Arizona schools, both public and private. A new bill hitting the capitol this month, SB 1051 will seek to extend SB 1038.  It will give us the ability to collect more data on longevity and teacher retention and help…

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Trust, but Verify – STORIES FROM SCHOOL AZ – Education Article

I am alternately hopeful, terrified, and jubilant.  I check Twitter obsessively.  My anxiety is easily triggered.  It must be time for the Arizona legislative session.  Even in a state known for wacky and colorful political antics, it promises to be a doozy.  We’ve already seen blatant attacks on our profession as punishment for taking a stand for our students last year. On the other hand, we’re seeing school funding bills coming from unexpected sources.  I’ve heard policymakers using words I…

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My To-Do List: A Peek Into a Teacher Leader’s Week – Education Article

The simple fact that this is my second “list” blog post in a row should tell you something. No matter how many hours I am putting in at home right now, there do not seem to be enough. Teaching is always busy, and balance elusive, but between designing and implementing new programs at school, and managing extra projects (both meant to supplement income as well as realize pet ideas of mine), this was my teacher-leader to-do list as of last…

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