Raising hand: How can I sign up?

EdWeek summed up pretty well the National Association of State Boards of Education’s (NASBE) most recent report on educational technology.  The report focused on the state of educational technology use in our schools today and tomorrow.  This report comes right when I am about to submit a term paper on technology leadership.  (…Really?…Re…ally?  Re….vision!)  Some interesting issues Read More …

being like-minded in education (translation: why I’ve become a New Tech fanboy)

Today, I was asked by an Illinois State Board of Education member about my pre-teaching experiences and about how relationships can be better built between future teachers and their cooperating teachers in the field.  (And that was the first question I got during a working lunch where a panel of teachers answered questions for ISBE Read More …

watching humble sophomores interview an acclaimed author/producer = my #eduwin

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

Last week, I helped to facilitate (note: not “teach”) a great #eduwin that was celebrated more by my students than by me as an educator.  After now weeks of working on our gangs awareness / My Bloody Life project, arrangements were finalized to Skype with Alex Kotlowitz, producer of The Interrupters (which airs on PBS tomorrow/Tuesday night). Read More …

First, the thanks; then I’ll carve the meat

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

This is your old, old grandpa.  I’ve got a copy of all of your previous emails… related to the documentary.  I’m very proud of you…undertaking something like this…getting the idea for something like this at your school.  I wish you a lot of luck with that.  I’m very happy for you… And I hope it Read More …

DvNT sophomores’ first steps to student empowerment: bringing The Interrupters to town

This entry is part 1 of 7 in the series Gangs and Violence Awareness project

This was no regular meeting with the principal.  I had a yellow legal pad and was trying to keep up with the sparks of fresh ideas or next steps.  Proposals, artifacts and research passed across the big desk.  Impacts on the community were discussed.  Monetary costs were considered.  At first, the legal pad might suggest Read More …

Not even the first day and I’ve got a "what went well" post

There are times this week that I wish I had a clone.  Seriously wished, I should say.  Preparing for a new school year at a new school is a constantly growing list of To-Dos that compete amongst each other.  I have not had to re-stack and then Post-Its for a while, but I have to Read More …