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Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 3:10:19 PM
Over the years, public education has gone through many transformations. We are a long way from the one-room school-house. Education reform is revolutionizing public education. This will have huge impact on the mission of boards of education, which has long been to connect the will of the community to the education of its students.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 3:10:00 PM
While participating in the Grammy Awards program recently, Justin Timberlake made a special point to thank his teachers. This is not the first young musician to thank those teachers who inspired them. I also recently asked one of my district's high school students, "what does performing arts mean to you?" He replied, without hesitation, "the peaceful pursuit of my passion".
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 3:08:41 PM
As the Legislative Session begins and the Governor presents his budget, many of us are still focused on the Newtown tragedy. The January CABE Journal went to publication before this horrific event and I thought it might be helpful to comment from a CABE position after having had a little time to process what happened.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 3:08:29 PM
Today is a "snow day." Outside, the air is thick and silent. Inside, I sit in front of my computer screen as the day goes gray to grayer. I reflect on the highlights of the past year, accomplishments and tragedies alike while staying focused on what this new year will bring. Last winter and spring, we faced the continued educational challenges of governing our school systems.
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 3:08:07 PM
As someone who suffered through three years of law school and six weeks of intense studying to pass the New York State Bar Exam, I was greatly intrigued by an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) press release which stated that, "All future teachers should be required to meet a universal and rigorous bar that gauges mastery of subject-matter knowledge, much like the bar exam lawyers must take before they can enter the legal profession, and demonstrates competency in how to teach".
Posted Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 3:07:53 PM
Zach, a high school senior, asked me if I had eaten in the cafe recently. Upon saying no, he invited me to join him and his classmates for first wave lunch one day. I accepted his offer, looking forward to sampling some of the new items on the menu and conversing with students. A wide variety of offerings were being served that day. Once I decided on my meal choices, I found Zach, Justin and Brian at the front table near the main entrance. Zach's first words to me were "Bring back the bacon!" not an uncommon statement echoed by many students across our districts. When I asked if he and his fellow students knew the reason for the new changes in the cafeteria menu, they replied, "creating a healthier generation of children; combating obesity, making an impact on healthy choices and better performance in the classroom."
Posted Monday, Feb 3, 2014 12:18:00 PM
Norwich Schools benefit from We Are Blended, a program which helps immigrant children.
Posted Thursday, Sep 12, 2013 11:06:34 AM
The end of the school year brings recognitions, honors, presentations and invites to class, the latter being a very special opportunity for me. As I walked into the gym, the teacher described the hanging apparatuses associated with the High Ropes Course and integration of health and wellness curriculum. The Leadership Ladder dangled from above. I could feel the sweat pouring from my palms. While two students with special needs attempted to climb each rung, five others on the floor directed and guided the attached ropes.
Posted Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013 10:18:00 AM
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