Category: teachers

The Impact Of Teachers: The Gifts Our Students Give Back

This article is dedicated and in memory of my very first student, Sgt. Okan Murat Cetinbag. In the picture above, he is the child under the cursive ‘O’ on the board. He sat next to me for most of his 4th grade school year; he was a charming, happy and wonderful young boy who was... Read more »

Back to School and Social Media: Keeping Your Kids Safe and Happy

There is no time like the fall; school is back in session and routine begins to settle quickly. As children return to school, new friends are made, activities begin and social media madness begins to quickly rise. We see more kids with smart phones in their hands today than at any other time in our... Read more »

Who Is Your Champion?

Originally published May 11. Today I publish again, in honor of Dr. Rita Pierson, a great loss to the education community. Her speech inspired so many on the opening of the first education TED talk live on TV. Please see her speech below. Thank you Rita. According to Michele McNeil of EdWeek: “Not since the... Read more »

Thank You: Teachers Who Sang, Danced and Saved Lives

The end of the school year is quickly approaching for many students and teachers. This year was a challenging year for almost everyone in education. We saw quite a bit of struggling, anger, policy change, tears and hearts broken. Some say, this time in education has been one of the most unstable since the desegregation... Read more »

International Education, Freedom And Gratitude

I was recently honored to be asked to cover a conference at the University of Chicago. The main topics discussed were in regard to higher education, K-12, online learning and the Fulbright Scholarship. The panel was fascinating, as it opened up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and continued with discussions from some of the best and... Read more »

A Day In The Life Of A Teacher: Dedicated to the millions of teachers and to the Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau.

A Day In The Life Of A Teacher Dedicated to the millions of teachers and to the teacher of the year, Jeff Charbonneau. I’ve had many days like this…….. “I’ve put you on door duty, and hope you don’t mind. Can you be down 20 minutes before the bell? Thanks, you’re one of a kind.... Read more »

Why Parents Must Advocate For Their Children

For some local school districts, it is time to register for kindergarten. For those who are new to public school, it is imperative to understand how and why parents must advocate for their children now, before the school year starts. The tips below can be used for children of all ages and grades. All children... Read more »

Basketball and Human Kindness

It is quite evident that social media has changed the way most of us live. Within seconds, information crosses over borders, flies above oceans and lands within the palms of our hands. Many adults now choose to share their private lives, while the Millennial Generation was born and raised online. For many, social media has... Read more »

Why I Love Writing About Education

Why I Love Writing About Education
The other day someone casually asked me why I write and contribute to the education world when there is clearly no stake in it for me personally. I thought about this statement for quite a while and asked my colleagues and myself the same question. Why do we write? Do we write to sell ourselves,... Read more »

To My Teacher Friends..If You Missed This..A Must Read..

To My Teacher Friends..If You Missed This..A Must Read..
To my teacher friends, colleagues and all of the parents who feel this way: I say Thank You! Greg Beeler wrote this post on Facebook after the Newtown tragedy. More than an arms debate, it is a true testament to what educators do on a daily basis. We are the counselors, teachers, cooks (sometimes), coaches,... Read more »