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Education Reform Will See Better Days – If We Let It

Originally published in TownHall – November 27, 2019 Parents of color are feeling frustrated and abandoned by the formerly pro-charter politicians who have turned their backs on them. Rightfully so, considering there’s just one Democrat who has remained steadfast in his commitment to school choice, and he’s already considered dropping out of the presidential race […]

Ido Yerushalmi and Pat Acker: We need to take manufacturing out of the factory and into the classroom

Originally published in The Cap Times – November 14, 2019 Manufacturing jobs are high-tech jobs — and high-opportunity to boot. Even though the manufacturing industry employs the second-highest number of Wisconsinites — surpassed only by trade, transportation and utilities — popular sentiment skews in other directions. Ninety percent of Americans agree we need manufacturing for a strong economy, but […]

Online education enables better ways of learning, teaching

Originally published in Ludington Daily News – November 13, 2019 Going on 40 years as a college professor, half of which involved instruction in an online environment, I’ve seen revolutionary approaches to learning. I’ve seen educators like myself benefit from leveraging digital tools to better get to know and therefore teach their students. And speaking […]

When Will I Ever Need This?

Originally published in Parentology – November 8, 2019 We’ve all been there at some point or another during our teenage years — sitting in a calculus class we’ve been assigned, wondering: “When will I ever need math?” Or biology, French, English Literature… fill in the blank. Yes, the age-old question persists — will we ever […]

Virtual Students Count

Originally published in The Winchester News Gazette – October 22, 2019 Indiana is a Count Day state. For the virtual students at Indiana Digital, that day was also about how much they count.  Virtual students face unique challenges in their lives that can be hard on a student’s self-confidence. I wanted them to know their […]

There’s More Than Two Paths to Success. Our K-12 System Should Reflect That.

Originally published in Townhall – October 12, 2019 New York City made waves in the education world when a group of experts selected by its mayor proposed eliminating gifted and talented programs. No matter what you think of this move, there’s no denying the issue it aims to address: our current education system reinforces inequality rather than […]

Build and Boost: Your Career Path – Early and Often

Having a Plan + Parents Expect More Originally published in Next Step Universe – October 3, 2019 “College now is a means to an end,” says Shaun McAlmont, President of Career Readiness for the company K12 who helped author a recent report (https://bit.ly/2Z48Fb6) on the issue. “When a student goes to college – especially if […]

3 things I wish I knew my first year of teaching

Originally published in eSchool News – October 3, 2019 Each year, more than 3.7 million teachers step into the classroom. For most, the first day of school marks an annual return. But for thousands of teachers, this will be their first year leading a class of their very own. And standing in front of a room full […]

Three Ways to Support a Child Who’s Being Bullied

Originally published in the Washington Parent – October 2, 2019 If bullying seems more prevalent today, that’s because it is. Research shows that one in three students experienced some form of bullying during the 2017-18 school year – that’s up from 28 percent just two years ago. Unfortunately, victims of bullying may suffer from low […]