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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 […]

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School Choice Week Recognized

Originally published in the Valdosta Daily Times – January 24, 2018 Gov. Nathan Deal proclaimed Jan. 21-27 as Georgia School Choice Week, coinciding with National School Choice Week. According to the School Choice Week website, more than 1,000 Georgia events are planned to raise public awareness on school choice. January was chosen as the month for […]

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School Choice Week Continues to Grow in Size and Enthusiasm

Originally published in Real Clear Education – January 23, 2018 The most energetic celebrations this new year may prove not to have been those that occurred in frigid Times Square at the ball-drop countdown, but those in thousands of warm schoolhouses across the country where children are celebrating National School Choice Week (NSCW), which began on January 21. They will […]

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Maine Public Charter Schools Celebrated at State House

Originally aired on WABI – January 22, 2018 As part of National School Choice Week, Maine charter schools were celebrated at the State House on Monday. Publicly funded charter schools became allowed in Maine under the LePage administration in 2011 to give children an alternative option to the traditional public school system. “They’re thriving in schools […]