Teachers’ Letter to America

I saw the online letter above as a personification of all the things that America asks of its educators in the midst of pandemic. Apart from America I’m not sure who to credit it to. It is clear though, apart from other things America needs are lessons on punctuation and grammar. Beyond that I thought … Continue reading Teachers’ Letter to America

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Masks, Marches, and Mass: Teaching the Truth About 1st Amendment Freedoms

A protester flies an American flag while walking through tear gas on July 21, 2020 in Portland, Ore. (Nathan Howard/Getty Images) First Amendment freedoms are so often spoken of in relation to our American ideals, especially right now. Throughout the pandemic people have been furious about events being cancelled, about not being allowed to go … Continue reading Masks, Marches, and Mass: Teaching the Truth About 1st Amendment Freedoms

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Remote Learning in Special Education

Equity Having met educators from around the world, I've found that creating equity of access has been one of the key issues facing both large and small school districts. I have spoken in the past of the particular challenges and efforts for creating equity in New York City, a city that was literally designed with … Continue reading Remote Learning in Special Education

24 Insights From the 2019 #NYCSchoolsTech Summit

You can also find more info on the 2018 Summit. I was able to attend the NYC Schools Tech Summit again in its 7th year and was able to play an important role in the efforts of this year's summit which found a large portion of its focus on inclusion and accessibility. Given how deeply … Continue reading 24 Insights From the 2019 #NYCSchoolsTech Summit

Here’s To The Crazy Ones: 25 Lessons From an ADE Institute and The Power of Connections

Find related posts on Apple Accessibility, Apple Computer Science, and Apple Updates. Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who cheer for new friends and change-makers they have yet to meet. To those who attempt new things in front of experts unafraid of looking foolish. And then challenge those … Continue reading Here’s To The Crazy Ones: 25 Lessons From an ADE Institute and The Power of Connections

In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

For other content related to the 2018 ISTE Conference, check out 25 Insights From the ISTE Conference or What’s New With ISTE. Where It Was Right Recently Medium published an article titled Google, ISTE, and the Death of EdTech written by Belgian administrator Mike Crowley. It is a purposefully provocative title that ventures into the type … Continue reading In Response to “The Death of EdTech”

The Perfect Lesson Plan

Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

So let's begin with the basic premise that there is no one perfect lesson plan or format. That's simply because there are a variety of different needs across subjects, ages, and ability levels. The best lessons are personalized for the needs of your students, so some cookie cutter lesson is bound to be shortsighted. In fact, many of the … Continue reading Creating The Perfect Lesson Plan: 10 Steps & 8 Essential Elements

Innovative Leadership

20 Takeaways From the 1st Annual NYSCATE Digital Leadership Conference I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Annual Digital Leadership Conference sponsored by NYSCATE and the Educational Administrators Association. There were sessions led by Thomas Murray, author of Learning Transformed, Jason Green, the author of Blended Learning In Action; as well as notable administrators and educational … Continue reading Innovative Leadership

The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

I remember taking an online course about 21st-century learning about a decade ago about when MySpace started fading, so 21st-century. So it's been spoken of in numerous courses, books, and diatribes, so what could I possibly add (other than my sparkling wit and charm, he said sardonically). I suppose I just wanted to add my … Continue reading The Future of Education: The 7Cs, 3 Rs, & 3 Ms of 21st-Century Learning

What Is Differentiation Really?

This post provides an overview of the differentiated instruction (DI) model. For more insight on DI, see my posts Is Differentiation a Dirty Word? or The 4 Ways to Differentiate Instruction. An Overview There seems to be a lot of confusion about what differentiation actually entails. There are problems with conflicting definitions. In one sense … Continue reading What Is Differentiation Really?