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Helping Your Students Cope with Tragedy

Originally published in ASCD’s Education Update – June 2018 As we move forward following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, teachers everywhere face difficult questions and an array of emotions in our classrooms. Anger, sadness, and fear are all very real, and they are important to work through. To do this in a healthy and productive […]

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As Demand for Online Schools Grows, So Does Need for Accurate Evaluation

Originally published in THE Journal – June 13, 2018 Many students thrive in traditional brick-and-mortar schools, yet others feel limited by a system that simply does not fit their needs. Of the latter group, some students need to be challenged more, others need to catch up. However all students have unique talents and boundless potential. […]

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Let’s Build a Dual-Enrollment Culture

Originally published in Real Clear Education – June 12, 2018 As millions of high school students walk across graduation stages this time of year, many motivated graduates have already earned college credit. In exceptional cases, some have even completed a college degree. All this was made possible by schools and parents who encouraged them to […]

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Opinion: Mr. Rogers Got it Right: Let’s Leverage His Legacy to Reform American Education

Originally published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – June 9, 2018 As Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood celebrates its 50th birthday this year, a provocative documentary about the iconic television show and its host hits theaters nationwide this weekend. “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” pushes the envelope for feature-film fare for the values it espouses. The film’s Oscar-winning director, Morgan […]

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3 Great Tips for Experiential Learning

Originally published in eSchool News– May 22, 2018 “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” Benjamin Franklin is often credited with this quote that resonates with teachers as a reminder to make learning experiential. When students have a personal stake in the subject matter, they better connect […]

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Student Safety in the Classroom is Paramount

Today more than ever, families need to know their child’s school is safe and secure. In any successful learning environment, students should never have to feel anxious, worried or at-risk. Increasingly, parents are calling on us for information about school safety in all forms, whether it’s physical safety, bullying prevention, cyber safety or the emotional […]

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There is No Black History When Black Students Failing – Time For a New Approach

Originally published in Carolina Panorama – March 1, 2018 It’s the type of thing that occasionally makes Twitter lose its virtual mind, and maybe in a good way. Frederick Joseph, a 29-year old Harlem based activist, took it upon himself to start a GoFundMe campaign to buy advance complimentary tickets for at-risk black youth to […]

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Transgender Star of ‘I Am Jazz’ Isn’t The Only Teen Wishing for School Choice

Originally published in USA Today – March 1, 2018 Despite the stardom of her own reality TV show, transgender 17-year-old Jazz Jennings feels immensely isolated at school and has asked her parents to consider enrolling her in a virtual, online school. In a recent episode of I Am Jazz, TLC’s hit show, Jazz admitted to regularly feeling miserable without […]

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What You Need to Know (But Never Hear) About Online Schools

Originally published by the Heartland Institute – February 21, 2018 Is digital learning a solution or a problem for academically-at risk students?  In this recent piece in the New York Times, the author concludes the latter. But was it really online learning that caused the students to fall behind? Data from more than 24,000 students who enrolled […]