Educators: Your Gratitude Can Improve the Lives of Your Students!

Sometimes we forget the easy influence we have in the lives of those around us. Or maybe we are not even aware of our influence. We live in a world with a lot of critical and hate speech all around us. Some of us even may make a practice of laughing at others when they … Continue reading Educators: Your Gratitude Can Improve the Lives of Your Students!

Ethics Training for Educators

Christy Ballard is the long time General Counsel of Tennessee Department of Education.   Nobody in the state knows Education Law or Ethics in Tennessee better than Christy Ballard.  And  she shares her vast knowledge. 

Testing Is Open For Debate

In April, 2018, Professional Educators of Tennessee raised the issue on Testing, with a hard-hitting editorial called the Trouble with Testing. Now the Superintendents of two low performing districts, Shelby County and Metro-Nashville Public Schools are eliciting media attention by challenging testing across the state. Welcome to the club. Testing has taken a wrong turn … Continue reading Testing Is Open For Debate

Personalized Learning: You’re Still the Teacher!

Of all the current buzzwords in education, the one I am hearing the most now is “personalized learning.” It’s one I can get on board with because I was doing it before it became a thing. As a kindergarten teacher, I have been running four or five reading groups on four or five different levels … Continue reading Personalized Learning: You’re Still the Teacher!

Teachers Are Going, Going…Gone

We know without a doubt that teachers are the number one in-school influence on student achievement. Data indicates that in the last 20 years, teacher attrition has nearly doubled. In fact, 16–30% of teachers leave the teaching profession each year. It is estimated by some that school districts now spend $1B to $2.2B per year … Continue reading Teachers Are Going, Going…Gone