Great Science Event in Rockford Area

Great Science Event in Rockford Area

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Check out this great event hosted by Anne Weerda and Burpee Museum in Rockford   Oh, do I have something exciting to share with you!  Its going to be a super science day with PD, prizes and more... for FREE at Burpee Museum in Rockford. We have scientists, museums and others just waiting for the chance to show teachers what's happening in the world of career scientists....what's happening at major local science institutions.   Can you please help me get teachers to come?  They won't regret it, I promise. June 8th.  Burpee Museum, Rockford IL.  8am-1pm.  Free to Teachers. Please share this with your teacher teams, staff, etc.  We have an amazing event around the corner that NO SCIENCE TEACHER WOULD WANT TO MISS. REGISTER:  GoScienceHub.org Why Come? 1) Its…
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Pre-K Matters

Pre-K Matters

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Very good read on the impact of Pre-K presented by NPR. Several of the most respected early elementary educators gathered together to create a list of consensus findings. http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2017/05/03/524907739/pre-k-decades-worth-of-studies-one-strong-message
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What ails rural schools

What ails rural schools

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As first seen in EdWeek Teacher in a blog series hosted by Larry Ferlazzo . . . Whether you subscribe to the ranking systems of schools put forth by outside entities or not, for the sake of this blog I encourage you to indulge me. Of the Top 60 schools in my state (Illinois) as ranked by US News and World Report, only one school could be considered rural, and it is certainly not poor and boasts a teacher: student ratio of 1:13. My steadfast belief is that students in rural areas are not inherently any less academically talented than their peers, so how could such discord between achievement levels of students in urban, suburban, and rural districts exist? I think there is only one possible answer - inequity. I…
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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

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My favorite teacher is a man named Colin Hopper. He was an Abe Lincoln doppelganger who had a passion for history. He single-handedly turned my least favorite subject as a 10th grader into my future profession. He would encourage debate, treat teenagers like adults, and force me to think. I would leave his class so fired up sometimes the entire lunch conversation was about the debate in History class. Man, could that guy teach. He taught me to love learning. More importantly, he taught me to love thinking. A close second for me was Ronald Sawin. I was a student who did not need much help to do well in school. At a time in my life when I did need help, Mr. Sawin was there. He gave of himself…
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Elon Musk shares a vision for the future

Elon Musk shares a vision for the future

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If you think you dream big - you clearly have not heard Elon Musk speak. This 40 minute excerpt hits on a myriad of topics including space colonization, underground tunnels to alleviate traffic, solar powered houses, and a future you can think about without being sad. https://www.ted.com/talks/elon_musk_the_future_we_re_building_and_boring?platform=hootsuite
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What sets successful CEOs apart?

What sets successful CEOs apart?

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Really engaging read from Harvard Business Review detailing four key characteristics of successful leaders. This is just one great excerpt from the article you are linked to below Legends about CEOs who always seem to know exactly how to steer their companies to wild success seem to abound in business. But we discovered that high-performing CEOs do not necessarily stand out for making great decisions all the time; rather, they stand out for being more decisive. They make decisions earlier, faster, and with greater conviction. https://hbr.org/2017/05/what-sets-successful-ceos-apart
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The Price of Progress

The Price of Progress

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast - Drucker Education is changing rapidly. Every year, as the world we are preparing students for changes, so too must education. I admit, as an educator, the change can be daunting at times, but not only is it the appropriate thing to do it can also be exhilarating. In a great number of schools and districts throughout the nation, however, the change process is something that is feared and in essence conspired against by cultures that reinforce a B,C,D culture. B,C,D cultures focus on (B) blaming others, (C) complaining, and (D) defending personal actions or the status quo. This concept and codification of the behaviors was recently popularized by Urban Meyer’s book Above the Line. As we start to think about B,C,D behaviors let’s not…
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