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Wendi Pillars

November 11, 2014

Supporting students from military families


As a teacher, parent, and veteran working in a densely military-populated state (North Carolina), I’m concerned about supporting students and their military families. There are currently over one million children of active service members nationwide--meaning teachers must work to help these students adjust to a “new normal” while helping other kids understand the sacrifices of the past and what they mean for the present.

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Kim Worth

November 1, 2014

Building a PLC for Possibilities: The Four Tenets of Trust


Can a group of dynamic, ambitious, driven educators build a Professional Learning Community dedicated to a culture of trust?  Is it a simple application of Occam's Razor? I believe it can be done and must be done for the sake of the children, staff, parents, and the world. 

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Tori Mazur

October 26, 2014

Living in the Wild, Wild Web


The year was 2000. The web was akin to the Wild West.  It was exciting and unbridled.  There were no rules.  There were no sheriffs.  In some ways, the internet is still in its adolescent period. We've just added everyone and his grandmother to the show.  It's hard to think about what's acceptable and to be pro-active about teaching it, when the changes come so fast now.

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Justin Minkel

October 23, 2014

The Data Dagger: Why Policymakers Need Student Stories


Test scores are a means to an end. For many power players in education, test scores have become the end in themselves, with devastating results.

Part of our job as teachers is to remind policymakers that children are far more than the sum of their data.



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Tori Mazur

October 15, 2014

If the Shoe Fits


As a new addition to an established staff and faculty, I am forging connections in my physical workspace at the same time that my digital network is widening.  

Being a Connected Educator, for me, means I must plug in to an existing network of relationships in my building and community.  This year in particular, I see that we don’t truly “get” what someone else’s job is...unless we’ve stepped into their shoes.

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