Month: March 2017

Close or Turnaround! Are School Turnaround Plans Working?

“Never say yes to anything you can’t say no to.” ― Marty Rubin The question of the hour is are closing schools more effective than school turnaround strategies. As advocates, parents, ed reform leaders and citizens across the state are lobbying and advocating for the passing of various bills to help with school improvement, the biggest question on the table…

To Teach or Not to Teach? Teaching in the Millennial Age

“Annually, 13% of teachers leave the classroom and nearly 50% leave after five years.” —  Jonathan Cetel Founding Executive Director, PennCAN, and 2012 Forbes 30 Under 30 In order to increase the retention of teachers, innovation and flexibility must be a standard within school districts. There has to be a balance between not only how we attract teachers but what is done to…

“No Demonstrable Evidence” Is A Lie That Will Hurt Our Students

“So, let’s talk about after-school programs generally. They’re supposed to be educational programs, right? And that’s what they’re supposed to do, they’re supposed to help kids who can’t — who don’t get fed at home, get fed so that they do better at school. Guess what? There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually doing that. There’s no demonstrable evidence they’re actually…

Engaging Families and Communities Can’t All Be About the Photo Op, It Has to Be Intentional and Actually Mean Something

In order for schools to respect all families, they must be informed, trained and intentional about engaging all families and the communities they serve. Engagement can’t be centered solely on federal requirements and money. Education leaders have to go beyond photo opportunities and policy and parental involvement checklists to truly connect with families. In an effort to positively change school environment…

Admit One – The Hype about School Vouchers

“[T]raditional public schools are not succeeding. In fact, let’s be clear, in many cases, they are failing. That’s helped people become more open to what were once considered really radical reforms—reforms like vouchers, tax credits, and education savings accounts.” 2013. – Betsy Devos  Everyone wants to be on the winning team. There’s no difference in education. Public education hasn’t been…

Family Over Everything! #FamilyEngagementMatters

“Family engagement  is an essential ingredient for student success!” – Dr. Karen Mapp  There’s a popular neighborhood saying, “family over everything”, which ironically is quite the opposite of what it actually happening with modern day American families in school Districts across the Nation. Pew Research Center stated in a recent article that “Two parent families are on the decline in America!” This…

Full steAm Ahead! The “A” Matters!

“Engaging students’ strengths using art activities increases motivation and the probability of STEM success.” – Anne Jolly Science, Technology, Engineering and Math have definitely been target areas in Education for many years.  The next wave of creative thinkers and game changers can be sitting in the class rooms labeled as special education or failing and we wouldn’t even know it. I’m a…