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Graduation Statistics Fail America’s Students

Originally published in Idaho Education News – July 30, 2018 We hear about an alarmingly large number of America’s schools failing to graduate their students. The Gates Foundation spent six years and $575 million to improve high school graduation rates — and they didn’t change. It might be time to consider that we’re measuring the wrong thing. The federal […]

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Why the Senate Needs to Get it Done on CTE

Originally published in The Hill – July 10, 2018 Bipartisan education bills rooted in common sense don’t come along every day. When they do, they should be celebrated. On June 26, the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) passed an update to the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (CTE) Act. […]

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The Virtual Coffeehouse

Originally published in Smart Brief – July 10, 2018 I have been a music teacher for 16 years, 13 of those in a traditional school setting, where I organized and directed musicals, concert band, orchestra, choir and student “coffeehouses.” When I started teaching at Oklahoma Virtual Charter Academy three years ago, I wanted to forge musical bonds […]


Davis: Getting Real About High School Graduation for Black and Brown Students

Originally published in The Washington Informer – June 29, 2018 Our nation’s graduation rate is at an all-time high. The national figure shows 84 percent of young people overall graduating from high school within four years after first entering the 9th grade, a trend that has been on a consistent upswing since these rates were first collected […]

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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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]