Category: preK-12 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…

Does it work for Kids?

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…

Texas-worse than pathetic?!

Link below is an ad.  The contents of the ad are not important.  What IS important is this snapshot of latest Texas achievement gap-actually now a chasm.  Texas, known for standing behind lowest tier academic standards in the Nation-with their Governor enthusiastically rejecting Common…

At Least They Aren’t Debating Creationism vs. Evolution for Science

Seems like the Brits have similar debates over curriculum, teaching and learning.  Fun piece by Eliza Filby in The Daily Telegraph over arguments on teaching history. Link below: It is worth a read.  At least the Brits aren’t debating Creationism vs. Evolution in their…

HS Graduation Rates on the Rise

Good news about US high school graduation rates–see attached article below: Reason for this writer’s take on the good news from the US DOE is the other side of this good news. States, such as Nevada, are still critically low in getting students across…

To Serious Educators–Assessment Matters! (and so does what happens after the testing period)

It’s that time of year, when mostly every K-12 student is assessed on his or her academic progress.  For those of us who believe that a balanced approach to assessment is appropriate, we know that “that which gets measured gets done”.  Not too much…

Pre-K and Prisons

Great article from Nicholas Kristof today in NY Times.  Do we invest in Preschools or Prisons.  We’ve known the research on how funding and operation of quality preschool programs is one of the (maybe the most) effective tool for eradicating poverty and propelling economic…

Specific Drivers that Motivate Dropouts to Reconsider Their Options

As a result of statistical analysis, nationwide research, student surveys and student testimony, the following actions appear warranted as interventions before a student drops out: 1. Establish Behavioral, Academic and Attendance Drop Out Indicators at the Middle School Level or Earlier. Behavioral, academic and…

On the Path Towards Building Awareness

Possibly the most costly and detrimental decision a student can make is to drop out of school.  The evidence is simply overwhelming of the value of a career and college ready diploma.   So much so, that we’re dedicating this blog to help students and…

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