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Lauren Hill

August 3, 2014

TALK to Teachers


I learned to play Jambalaya on the guitar when I was ten.  Though originally by Hank Williams, I’d only heard it played by my guitar teacher, a scraggly guy named Jerry who in 1976, wore long hair and beads and taught lessons in living rooms.

Hearing Jambalaya again, this time strummed more soulfully than accurately by Kentucky Teacher of the Year Holly Bloodworth in her keynote address at the KEA TALK conference, certainly brought back memories.  The room was full, and everyone was staring at her, not quite sure what to think.  Then we got it.

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Rob Kriete

July 14, 2014

Common Core: Putting Students on Paths to 21st-Century Success


A little more than 20 years ago, I graduated from college with a degree and an eagerness to help students. During my time as a camp counselor, I had the opportunity to work with young people, so I knew I possessed two gifts: the ability to reach young people and enjoy the intrinsic reward of their successes.

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Julie Hiltz

July 14, 2014

The Standards: Moving from "Common" to Dynamic Learning


There’s been a lot of discussion about the Common Core standards in my state—and school—this year. As a teacher and a parent, I’ve heard conversations from a variety of stakeholders surrounding the standards: concerns about what and how students will be taught, who controls the curriculum, and whether the standards will live up expectations. Not surprisingly, many of those discussions have been contentious.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

July 8, 2014

The Truth About Text Complexity


It took me just over two years of painstaking trial and error, but I finally found a book for Dakota. The book that he’ll remember as a game changer. The one that shifted him from compliant to enthusiastic page-turner.  

Some adolescents enter our classrooms voracious readers. But many other students still haven’t found THE book. In edu-speak we sometimes call these students “reluctant” or “struggling” readers. In actuality, they are simply readers who haven’t yet experienced the joy of being lost in a world of words.

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Renee Moore

June 30, 2014

Read This: The Other Common Core Debate


As states and school districts struggle over whether and how to implement Common Core Standards that will ostensibly produce students who are college-ready, has anybody bothered to ask the colleges whether these standards do that? If they can't because they don't align with the actual requirements of the college courses, then why is there such an urgency to use them? If they can, will colleges and universities actually be ready to receive and further enhance these students? Will they even need the traditional introductory college courses?

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