Category: Public Education

As the 2017-18 School Year Comes to an End. . .

As schools and districts across the U.S. are closing out another school year, many of us can look back and celebrate the joy and pride we have experienced at our school campuses and classrooms.  I am proud of the celebrations I have experienced and…

Javon A. Lee Tuition & Fees

Every once in a while we as educators come across a student that captures our hearts instantly and leaves a lasting impact.  For me, that student is Javon Lee. I met Javon during my tenure in Delaware and know him and his family to be deeply committed to…

Is Nikolas Cruz also a victim?

Even as horrible an act as was committed by Nikolas Cruz, and nothing to me seems more horrible than taking the lives of innocent people with an automatic assault-grade rifle, I still wonder:  Is Nikolas Cruz also a victim? In news coverage Broward school…

Reflections from Retiring NWEA CEO Matt Chapman

K-12 Education is a lot better off for the 11 years of service Matt Chapman gave to us through his work as CEO of NWEA. Here is his final blog post–hope you enjoy it! One for the Road Thursday, January 25, 2018 Posted on…

Does it work for Kids?

Music Ed. Accelerates Development of Auditory, Speech, and Language Skills

The study of music seems to have helped accelerate cognitive development, and particularly the auditory and speech and language-processing abilities, of a group of young children in Los Angeles.  The students are taught using an approach based on El Sistema, developed in Venezuela. They…

Why so many Marginalized Students are left out of Gifted Education

A preliminary giftedness test given to all second-graders at a Broward County, Florida school has proved incredibly beneficial for the improving the academics of all students. The traditional system relied on nominations from teachers and parents, giving students who come from families with more…

Congrats! CICS West Belden Featured in EdSurge

Using technology in the classroom is now the standard, but teachers and schools must decide which tools to use and how to implement them. Distinctive Schools‘ CICS West Belden is among the schools interviewed about technology in the classroom for a recent EdSurge article. In…

Drawing as a Professional Skill and Tool

Drawing is both a sophisticated means of thinking and communicating and an activity for all. Drawing is a central and pivotal for many artists and designers as a tool for creative exploration and informs visual discovery. Fundamentally, it enables the visualization and development of…

USA Majority-Minority Country by 2044

While graduation rates have been observed at an all time high minority students still lag behind. The U.S. is projected to become a majority-minority country by 2044. Latino students are the fastest growing student population, projected to account for 30% of all students by…

Education Data Shaping School Operations

Some schools are really embracing data and analyzing available information on school operations. A School near Dallas suspended instrument rentals fees after noticing a drop in marching and concert bands, which caused band participation to jump. Collecting data in the classroom can give concrete…

A Message to Teachers’ Unions

Excellent commentary from Hanna Skandera and Kevin Huffman. In calling out the destructive behavior of teachers’ unions, they’re standing behind what is best for our kids. JW http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2014/aug/03/the-destructive-behavior-of-teachers-un/?page=2

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