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Greetings and Salutations

Happy New Year to each of you.  Quite a bit of time has passed since my last blog post.  Thankfully I’m still here doing what I love everyday but also making new connections and taking on new initiatives.

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As life would have it; the past year has been a time of reorganizing, prioritizing and resetting not only my personal life but also my professional priorities.  Today, now more than ever, as educators I believe that it is imperative to use any platform we have available to educate our communities.

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing updates on my activities from the past year -the ins and outs and everything in between.  As always I will continue sharing instructional strategies and resources not only for educators but for parents and students.

With the changing of the political leadership education as we know it is and will be changing.  We will not only need voices and movements of resistance but also proactive strategies to safeguard education.  The decisions made today will impact the futures of t our students, families and communities and we must not remain silent.

Together we are the difference.

ESEA Policy Changes

http://edbuild.org/blog/2015/beware-the-consequences

Scholarships with August 2015 deadlines

Scholarship opportunities are in abundance.

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JLV College Counseling Blog | Scholarships with August 2015 deadlines - 69 college scholarships and contest

Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements. Below are 69 college scholarships and contests with August 2015 deadlines. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.

2015 USABA Scholarship Program
Sponsor: United States Association of Blind Athletes
Amount: $500
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Scholarship is open to students enrolled or enrolling in a two-year or four-year college, university or technical school as a full time student. Applicant must be a USABA member and legally blind.

ALBA George Watt Prize Essay Contest
Sponsor: Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA)
Amount: $250
Deadline: Aug. 1, 2015
Description: Contest is open…

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How to Choose A Quality Private School

The first step in choosing the right school for your scholar begins with research.   School rankings, websites, test data privateschooland  reviews are all  a part of the process but not the most important.  The first and most important place to begin is with the needs of your child.  Remember your child is not a widgit.  What works for the Smith family won’t necessarily work for your child.  Fight the urge to also get swept up in the glitz and glam of the appearance of quality or fitting into the social status quo of being able to say my child attends….. You never want to pay college tuition rates for a sub par education.

Blogger Robert Kennedy of Private School Review provides the following tips for parents :

1. The schools
You can research most private schools efficiently by exploring their web sites. Information about what they teach, how they teach it and how much they charge for their services is usually published on their web sites. As you do your research, make notes on your spreadsheet or database. After reviewing 30 or 40 private school web sites, the schools and all those facts tend to blur together. Use our Checklist for Comparing Schools to keep track of your data.
2. Private School Review and Boarding School Review
  [These sites] have been designed to help you see at a glance how private schools compare in all the critical areas which matter to us parents. Numbers of students and faculty, numbers of students in each grade level, special programs, religious affiliation, number of Advanced Placement Courses, athletics offer, extracurricular activities, tuition information and much more data are available.
3. Educational consultants
As you have probably realized by now, the data available about private schools is not aggregated in any one publicly and conveniently accessible area. Gathering it is a tedious process. This is one more reason why you should consider hiring an educational consultant. An experienced consultant has facts and figures at his fingertips. He also has the contacts to get the information which you need quickly. Based on his knowledge of your child and her requirements he can make recommendations about which schools will be a good fit for her.

What’s Right for Your Child ? How do You Decide?

As and educator I am often asked where I stand on the issue of school choice.  Which is better ? Public, Private, Home Schooling, or Charter?The month of July is devoted to providing information and resources about every option. As an educator I believe that best decision a parent can make about their child’s education is an informed decision.  We will explore the pros and cons and separate fact from fiction.

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Frontline provided  a great overview of School Choice Options. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/vouchers/choice/

Instructional Strategy of The Week- Dialectical Journal

Instructional Strategy of The Week- Creative Problem Solving

Creative Problem Solving is a proven method for approaching a problem or a challenge in an imaginative and innovative way. It’s a tool that helps people re-define the problems they face, come up with breakthrough ideas and then take action on these new ideas. Alex Osborn and Sidney Parnes conducted extensive research on the steps that are involved when people solve problems, the result of which is the following 6 steps that are broken down into 3 stages:

At the same time that CPS is a structured process, it’s also a vecps_processry flexible one. When you begin to use and internalize the CPS process, you find that it’s cyclical. You begin to see how to move from step to step, and how to jump back and forth between steps. When CPS becomes part of your own way of thinking and working, you can use one step at a time, as you need it, when you need it. Once you understand the fundamentals of CPS, you can adapt this process to every situation you encounter, thereby realizing its power.

Courtesy of Creative Education Foundation

For more information go to http://www.creativeeducationfoundation.org/our-process/what-is-cps

 

Are Charters better than Public?

This piece from We Are Teachers is compelling.  Today we are seeing the privatization of education happening at a rapid rate.  The debate over public versus charter schooling is heating up all around the nation.  It is election season and politicians and the media will ramp up their rhetoric on this hot topic.  Where do you stand?  http://weareteachers.tumblr.com/post/100157827992/odinsblog-its-most-deleterious-effect-the

Getting Rid of The Heavy Load.

It’s October and we are in the thick of things. Providing quality feed back for students in a timely manner  can become quite challenging for the classroom teacher.  We are pulled in so many directions but our students’ success must come first. In today’s publication of  Education Weekly , Starr Sackstein suggest that teachers must empower students to
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take charge of their learning and find ways to make them a part of the feedback experience.  Check out her article Buried Alive: A Cautionary Tale About Piles of Work. Click here http://preview.tinyurl.com/p836ovp

A Twitter Users Guide for Teachers

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Its that most wonderful time of the year: getting all the staff on Twitter so you can CONNECT!  Here’s a little help for the beginners and some tips for the “seasoned” ones… Enjoy!

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