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Leaders Leave Too: The Unspoken Crisis of School Leaders Resigning

It’s Time to Assess Assessments There’s a lot of talk about teachers leaving the classroom and the education field altogether. Many people are more or less aware that America is experiencing a teacher shortage. Although their personal reasons vary, the current teacher shortage typically falls into three categories: overworked, underpaid, and unappreciated. Teachers are not […]

It’s Time To Assess Assessments

It’s Time To Assess Assessments Tests, assessments, and evaluations are hot topics in education right now, and rightfully so because they happen constantly. How much testing is too much testing? That’s a difficult question to answer. However, most educators would agree that students are currently being tested or assessed way too much. With continued state-driven […]

G.A.M.E.S. for the Classoom

G.A.M.E.S. for the Classoom I recently attended a professional development session where the presenter intentionally used the word “play” in the presentation. For years this was an unspoken no-no in our district.  Yes, students used educational games but we never said that word because students were learning not playing. There has been a sudden shift […]

Gaming in Classrooms

Gaming in Classrooms As I was writing this piece, I had multiple flashbacks to the 1980s, the decade I first experienced game based learning. To this day, I attribute these gaming experiences as integral to my understanding of my favorite subject –  history. However, although the games I was playing were directly related to content, […]

Gaming in Higher Education

Gaming in Higher Education Many have seen game-like exercises in K-12 classrooms, but expectations for those pedagogies typically stop at the gates of higher education. Not anymore. On many campuses across the globe, games are also becoming a learning resource at the college level. Although gaming is typically viewed as a pastime or a fun […]

The Shift Towards Non-Traditional Education Models

The Shift Towards Non-Traditional Education Models ascascascas If I was writing this article in the 20th century, “non-traditional” schooling would reference alternatives to public schools like Montessori education, charter schools, or Expeditionary Learning programs.  All three represent both the historical trend to offer variety in the way schooling happen and, through their growth, the normalizing […]

Is Elementary Education Shifting Towards Non-Traditional Education Models?

Is Elementary Education Shifting Towards Non-Traditional Education Models? Last week we celebrated National School Choice Week. This is a week where parents are encouraged to learn about all educational options available for their child. Over the past several years, many parents sought other educational school settings for their children. There are a variety of factors […]

Non-Traditional Students and Their Impact on Higher Education

Non-Traditional Students and Their Impact on Higher Education What is a non-traditional student? A non-traditional student is any college student obtaining their education outside the traditional face-to-face classroom. How many college students, both undergraduate and graduate, have earned a degree or two through an online platform? Probably several. Online learning has now outpaced face-to-face instruction, […]

Is There Room for AI in Elementary School?

Is There Room for AI in Elementary School? Growing up I watched Saturday morning cartoons. Two of my favorite families were the Flintstones and the Jetsons. At the time, I enjoyed the humor and funny antics. Looking back, I marvel at the stark contrast of their time periods. They were both living their best lives […]

AI in the Classroom

AI in the Classroom I was recently asked by a member of my Professional Learning Network (PLN) how my district is addressing artificial intelligence (AI) in our school.  Her school system is starting down the road of exploration of AI; specifically, the implications and applications of this game changing technology.  As we have started down […]

New Year, New Trends in Higher Education

New Year, New Trends in Higher Education 2024 is here, bringing great ambitions for the new year , along with some baggage from 2023. A new year allows us to review what works and what doesn’t and effectively plan to progress in 2024. The past year was challenging for American colleges and universities. Many institutions […]

Artificial Intelligence and Higher Education

Artificial Intelligence and Higher Education The discussion of AI and its place in Higher Ed is on the table nationwide. Higher education institutions are joining other companies and organizations in several ways to embrace artificial intelligence for educators and students alike.  First things first, what is AI? Thanks to media influences, consumers have varying ideas […]

Emerging Trends in Education for 2024

Emerging Trends in Education for 2024 I always loved the uniqueness of the school calendar juxtaposed to our commonly used Gregorian version.  Indeed, both celebrate the start of 2024, but they engage the new year with a distinctly different tenor.  In general, as the population enters January 1st with promises and a renewed energy for […]

The Swinging Pendulum of Elementary Education

The Swinging Pendulum of Elementary Education When I first began teaching 25 years ago I heard the phrases “the pendulum swings” or “same idea, but different name.” Now I understand what those teachers meant because I too have seen trends come and go. Whether you are working with a new educator or a veteran teacher, […]

Teacher Shortage on the Ground

Teacher Shortage on the Ground I recently read an article regarding improvements being made to a local office building.  The management company touted the construction of a new roof top lounge and relaxation facility.  The new amenity includes social spaces, gaming opportunities, community events, and complementary food and beverages.  The addition expanded the already existing […]

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Secondary Edition

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Secondary Edition We all have our influential core convictions regarding education.  Whether the topic is classroom management, instructional practices, or year long schooling, our beliefs are the collection of our experiences.  To specify, by “experiences” I am referring to things like the content (reading, podcasts, videos) we engage […]

Where is Higher Education Headed? 

Where is Higher Education Headed?  Like every other education sector, the landscape of Higher Education has had to pivot several times over the last four years. Undoubtedly, COVID-19 caused change in schools and the need to modify and adapt just about everything. However, education trends have also changed, and technology has certainly contributed to a […]

Options for Educators in Secondary Education

Options for Educators in Secondary Education Years ago, when I started college, I entered my freshman year with a rare moment of clarity.  Unlike most of my incoming class and friends, I knew my career path – I wanted to become a high school history teacher. With that understanding, I was able to navigate my […]

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Elementary Edition

First Year Teachers vs. Veteran Teachers: The Elementary Edition As a stakeholder, knowing the perspectives of various educators will help you target your marketing to better meet the diverse needs of educators. Last year my future daughter in law, Hailey Carlson, was gearing up to do her student teaching. She has since graduated and started […]

Higher Education: Career Path Options in Higher Education

Higher Education: Career Path Options in Higher Education Higher Education Institutions offer several forms of employment for educators. Think about everything that goes into running a university or college campus, from registration to accounting to housing and communications. There are many options for educators wanting to teach outside the traditional classroom. Many higher education professionals […]

Options for Educators Outside of the Elementary Classroom

Options for Educators Outside of the Elementary Classroom There are a variety of reasons educators are leaving the profession. However, post-pandemic research regarding the turnover in the teaching profession includes an interesting insight. They indicated that educators are leaving their previous job, but staying in education and some hold different jobs within the same district. […]

Accommodating Special Needs Learners in Higher Education

Accommodating Special Needs Learners in Higher Education How does special education factor into higher education? Special education has a home in higher ed. However, it looks completely different than the K-12 sector. One significant difference is that there is no special education placement or an IEP in higher education. The IEP process only applies to […]

How to Combat the Challenges of Understaffed Elementary Schools

How to Combat the Challenges of Understaffed Elementary Schools It’s November and many school districts are still limping along with unfilled teaching positions. These positions are often referred to as critical shortage areas. On the top of the list has always been openings in special education. Other positions include speciality areas such as math, science, […]

Special Education in Secondary Schools

Special Education in Secondary Schools Special Education teachers were typically my favorite colleagues to work with. In my experience they were motivated, optimistic, empathetic, and great collaborators.  Moreover, you could see the bonds they formed with students because of the sincere care they had for them as individuals. This sentiment was typically reciprocated towards because, […]

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