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Teachers Traveling the World

Posted by Kami Mulzet on Feb 15, 2017 3:20:19 PM

Teachers love to learn, and opportunities for faculty professional development are widely available. For schools, an investment in faculty development pays great dividends because teachers bring their experiences into the classroom on a daily basis. Conferences, online courses, and ongoing training will all deepen a teacher's practice. These opportunities will also affect students by modeling lifelong learning, curiosity, and minds open to challenge. In addition to these options, my school has implemented a very successful program that awards a faculty travel grant each year. Giving a teacher grant money specifically for designated for travel is an excellent way to enhance a teacher's professional development, and to broaden student learning in the classroom. 

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Topics: Education, teaching, faculty, Travel

Teaching Children to Give Thanks

Posted by Stacey Kley on Nov 22, 2016 1:43:41 PM

Thanksgiving is a time when many of us gather together with our families and friends. If we are fortunate, it is a day that revolves around cooking and eating much food with our family and friends, and probably watching several football games - perhaps even playing in a game of family football after dinner. It is a special time in part because we gather together, but also because we pause to give thanks. Of course if makes more sense to show gratitude on a regular basis, throughout the year, rather than concentrating it all on Thanksgiving. 

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Topics: teaching, Thanksgiving, Gratitude, Children

A Parenting Moment: The Presidential Election

Posted by Susan Marotta on Oct 31, 2016 4:17:00 PM

The year was 1980. I was in fifth grade and recall one of my experiences as a happy Girl Scout. It was a Presidential election year, and as Girl Scouts, we were learning about the process of running for office. It was the Jimmy Carter versus Ronald Reagan election. As an assignment, we were each given a candidate to represent and convince others that our candidate was a worthy choice to be our president.  I was given the Independent party candidate, John Anderson. I knew nothing about this person and took the challenge on of finding out all I could about him. Even though I knew Anderson probably would never win, I went into the assignment with respect for this person, for the office, and for President Carter and Ronald Reagan. What a different time it was than where we seem to be now.

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Topics: elections, politics, teaching, social studies