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Changing Teacher Education Changes Everything

By MARK SONNEMAN I have been threatening to write something on this topic for some time, and a timely snow day have given me the opportunity to get a solid start on things. If you have read anything I have … Continue reading

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Community Outreach in Texas: Students Apply Their Skills in the Real World

By KELLI NEUMAN and AUSTIN LARGE Picture a group of students storming a council meeting, except they aren’t there to protest — they’re there to run the meeting. One student, witnessing the needs of the elderly and handicapped in her community, creates … Continue reading

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The Table of Knowledge: A Place for Empowerment

By DR. JILL M. KLEFSTAD The success and sustainability of our work as educators includes finding ways to connect and work together. Higher education typically consists of silos housed within departments, colleges, and schools, across the campus. Although encouraged to … Continue reading

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Education is the Key to a Better Future, But…

“We Must TEACH Them How to LEARN!” By ERIK P.M VERMEULEN Photo by Martin Sanchez on Unsplash Becoming a better writer is a never-ending process of self- learning and discovery. I started to write a piece per week more than a year … Continue reading

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The Blame Game and Lousy Learning Outcomes for Our Students

By BOB SORNSON Can we find someone to blame for the sorry state of public education in America? For years we have played the Blame Game, looking for someone to blame for our lousy state and national educational performance. During … Continue reading

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A Beacon Aglow: An Institute of Community in The Mountains of Vermont

By SHEILA BAILEY I’d like to share an experience that gave me greater confidence in how much of an impact Place Based Service-Learning can have on improving education and the quality of life, in this case in a small, rural … Continue reading

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Standardized Delivery of Instruction Lacks Meaningful Assessment and Endangers Our Children

By BOB SORNSON Digital game designers do not use end of unit assessments and they don’t give grades. Instead, assessment is embedded into every moment of the game. The level of difficulty in a game is increased only when the … Continue reading

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Stop Reinforcing the Status Quo, Inside or Outside Academia

By IRENE SANCHEZ, Ph.D. The ivory tower as a whole doesn’t uplift anything, but those who reinforce it. It reinforces existing power. The status quo. A lot of folks within it do too. A lot of people who preach social … Continue reading

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What If Early Childhood Professionals Pushed Back?

By RAE PICA Last week I wrote about the uphill battle of advocating for children — especially around the topic of play. But, as you know, our battles these days concern not just play, but also developmentally appropriate practice in general! Sad … Continue reading

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EVERY TEACHER CAN BE A NATURAL TEACHER: 10 Ways You Can Add Vitamin “N” to the Classroom & Beyond

By RICHARD LOUV Not long ago I met some dedicated young women who were doing their student teaching at an impressive nature-based preschool. They made it clear that they’d love to pursue careers at similar schools. But they were discouraged … Continue reading

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