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Student Communication
posted by: Megan | November 24, 2010, 06:20 pm   

This week marks the beginning of the holiday festivities.  For me, it used to mean the end of trimester one and the beginning of my fall break (I worked at a year-round school).

To end the trimester, I would often write a letter to each class.  After reading the letter together, I asked them to respond by answering some questions which I had written down.

Professional Development Opportunities for Charter School Educators
posted by: Megan | November 19, 2010, 01:25 pm   

PACE wants to send charter school educators to professional development conferences in 2011.  If you or any of your teachers are interested in attending a subject conference compliments of PACE, read more to find out how to apply.

Does Teacher Education Need Reform?
posted by: Megan | November 19, 2010, 12:07 pm   

Recently experts have focused their attention on not only the need to reform the classroom, but the need for reform in educating our future teachers. Many colleges of education have done little to keep up with emerging technologies and teaching techniques. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan once said, "Our university-based teacher preparation programs need revolutionary change, not evolutionary tinkering." To that end, an emphasis on intense in-classroom training has been the focus of change for a new pilot program being introduced in eight states. 


Report from the Field: Differentiated Instruction Training in Arkansas
posted by: Megan | November 17, 2010, 01:18 pm   

Bentonville, Arkansas. Whole Hog Café. Differentiated Instruction. Three of my favorites. And three entities worth checking out. Of course, since this is a blog about professional development, I will refrain (mostly) from talking about the two former items and focus on the latter.

posted by: Megan | November 09, 2010, 10:05 am   
Charter Schools Serving as Models for Other Public Schools

Charter schools were designed as a "research and development" outlet for public schools. Operating on state funds, public charter schools have been able to implement new ideas for their students and teachers without having to follow the same rigid structures of some public schools. The U.S. Department of Education is now conducting a feasibility study on ways to support the spread of promising charter school practices across the country.


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