Educating Future Voters in the Age of Social Media

Alexis Madrigal’s article, “What Facebook Did to American Democracy,” in the The Atlantic is a must read for anyone interested in preserving our democracy. The survival of democratic society depends on a well-informed electorate,...

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Introverts and Schools

Walk through any school and you will almost always be greeted by some kind of activity—children heading off to or returning from a class, transitioning to recess, tracking down misplaced articles of clothing, working on classroom...

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A Web of Privilege

As a white male charged with the important position of school division director, I am always engaged with and looking for different avenues to use my own privilege and positional power to impact positive change, honor and uphold...

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Avoiding Summer Slide and Keeping it Fun

When you look back to your own childhood summers, you might remember long days of play stretching past dinnertime, the fun and excitement of summer camp, hours of reading and playing in the pool, creek, or spray from the fire...

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Teaching Students to Be Responsible Citizens in a Democracy

Recently, The Washington Post ran an opinion article with a provocative title, "We’re Teaching Our Students Not to Care about Democracy". The writer, Colbert I. King, quotes a report by scholars Richard D. Kahlenberg and Clifford...

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ADHD Current Research and Perspectives

As educators and parents, we have likely come across many publications, newspaper articles, television shows, and books about Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a topic often explored by the media. For example, since...

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The Transformative Power of Summer Camp

As the last of the unpredictable wintry blasts rolls out of our area, we seem to take a collective sigh of relief: ahhhh, SPRING! The blossoming and growth over the next several weeks is exciting and promises to tickle all our...

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Building Information Literacy Skills in the Era of Fake News

Back in the day when news outlets were limited to television, radio, and print journalism, it was possible to dismiss fake news as the stuff of celebrity tabloids in the grocery store checkout aisle or the broadcast of “War of the...

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Into the Great Outdoors

Coming to Lowell as a new science teacher with a background in environmental science and outdoor education has filled me with excitement. When I walk along Kalmia Creek during recess, I see students exploring where the water pools...

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Understanding How Children Learn to Read

Reading is such a critical life skill, yet it’s very hard for most of us to pinpoint exactly how or when we learned to do it. As young learners begin school, there is often a push to read, but it’s critically important to realize...

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