Last month, I proudly posted that our Board of Education approved West Rowan Middle to pilot Virtual Learning on Inclement Weather days [here – Teach from Home]. Our B.O.E. created an option for teachers to work at home on snow days by making them optional teacher workdays. We extended that thinking and proposed, and they approved,… Read More Upcoming Virtual Learning Day
I often talk about the great things our school system engages in. Like a lot of educators who work for Rowan-Salisbury Schools, I am proud to be a part of the innovative endeavors our school system leads. Its great to work for a place that values innovation and change to better the lives of students… Read More Teach from Home
We are very intentional in our work to make change and trying make teachers feel safe and respected in our endeavors to change students’ lives. I’m very careful to avoid using words like ‘successful’ and ‘right’ because I think it promotes previous stereotypes and mindsets that things have to be done a certain way and/or failure… Read More I’m Not Afraid of the Door Handle
For most schools, summer is a time for conversations and interviews for vacancies. Every new day in summer brings about new opportunity for hiring more staff to bring into the school, an opportunity to bring new skills, backgrounds and perspectives to make for a more diverse learning environment. I look forward to these talks because… Read More Motivations for Joining a New Team
James Pittman, the technology facilitator at West Rowan Middle School, shared this article with me about a digital/thinking shift happening at AT&T. Gearing Up for the Cloud, AT&T Tells Its Workers: Adapt, or Else http://buff.ly/1QfahPt Randall Stephenson, Chief and Chairman at AT&T, has laid out a new, clear vision for where the company needs to… Read More The Realities of Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning
I took this picture last week in our media center. As I began to ask questions about what was going on, I was inspired to share some thoughts in this post. How important is it to you to have things happen a certain way? In the picture above, this student is not in trouble. He simply… Read More How important is it to you..?
Teaching is hard. Change is hard. We regularly ask teachers to make difficult adjustments to their practices. Change talks come from all levels, central office, building administrators and from the teachers themselves. If we are going to commit to relevant and rigorous learning, we have to commit to real, regular and honest conversations with ourselves,… Read More Be That Teacher