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Everyday Education: Legislative Action At Odds With Public's Wishes

Two education reports about education ended up in my inbox this week side by side. The first was a report on the results of the 49th PDK/Gallup Poll, a well well-respected national survey offering key insights into public opinion of important educati...

 

Everyday Education: Passing The Torch: Advice To New Educators From Transylvania's Teachers Of The Year

Teaching is not a good career choice. What do you think? At the end of the semester in May, a Brevard College freshman walked into my office and said, "I think I want to be a teacher, but everybody...

 

Everyday Education: Private School Vouchers And Re-Segregation

By Betsy Burrows One of my most memorable teachers was Helen Hall: Ms. Hall was my seventh-grade teacher at Lenoir Junior High School. She was the most intelligent teacher I had ever met, the teacher who introduced me to Victor Hugo’s “Les...

 

Preparing Students For Democratic Citizenship

More so than other elections, the recent presidential election has seen the country warring with itself with some of the most striking differences in opinion relating to questions about diversity: What does it mean to be American? Who is American...

 

Never Stop Learning: Go Back To Class

One of my favorite education professors is convinced that formal education should not begin for most people until the age of 30. He argues that the average individual in our modern American culture does not have the experiences necessary to reflect...

 

Arts Integration For Students And Schools

Last week, Brevard College teacher candidates and classroom teachers and educators in western North Carolina met with teachers from the A+ Schools Program of the North Carolina Arts Council to learn...

 

Classroom And Dinner Tables: Creating Safe Places To Teach Civil Discourse

As parents and teachers, we are educating young people who are growing up struggling to balance media’s amazing ability to connect, inform, and motivate individuals with this same media’s proclivity for distraction/entertainment. Using...

 

Embracing Diversity In Public Schools

As I walked into Rosman Middle School last week, I noticed a large poster on the wall with the following words: “We don’t all have to be the same, think the same, believe the same. But we do have to respect differences and protect ourselves and o...

 

Qualities Of Good Teaching

During the past month, I have had the privilege of taking Brevard College’s teacher candidates to visit schools throughout western North Carolina. My students and I witnessed some wonderful teaching and learning happening in our public schools....

 

Everyday Education: Having The Courage To Teach

I am always delighted at our Teacher Education Program interviews when students say, “I have always wanted to be a teacher since kindergarten.” They then talk about their memories of those first magical years of schools: finger painting, singing...

 

Relationships, Relevance, And Rigor At Rise & Shine

What makes a good teacher? What do good teachers do to create strong learning environments? These are the questions my students and I ask ourselves daily as we research and observe school systems,...

 

Embracing Strength In Diversity

As Alice Wellborn ended the year with her “Everyday Education” column on emphasizing the unique strengths of our children and students, I would like to ring in the New Year with an extension of her thoughts. Providing our children with an...

 

Let's Go On A Field Trip

My favorite memories of being both student and teacher are field trips. The first time I visited an art museum was on an elementary school trip; the first time I picked up a salamander was on a high...

 

Be A Savvy Parent: Go Ask Alice Wellborn

Of all the classes I teach, I probably learn the most from our weekly student teaching seminar. The student teachers bring their experiences to share with each other as we critically reflect on their teaching and learning in our schools. After the...

 

Graduates And Gratitude

To graduate means to step away and last Saturday Brevard College’s Teacher Education Program graduated nine new teachers who are stepping away from the nurturing of their small college to the larger world of teaching in our schools. As they... Full story

 

The Teaching Profession In This New Year

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflection, a time to face our fears about the uncertainty of the future, and a time to articulate our dreams and wishes for the upcoming year. Reflection is a practice the teaching profession takes seriously... Full story

 

Educating Holistically

In her last Everyday Education column, school psychologist Alice Wellborn explained that school rules help prepare students for future roles in the workplace and society. She encouraged parents to help their children understand their... Full story

 

Why Do Teachers Leave Their Profession?

ago, all the directors of teacher education programs in North Carolina received this question through email from our N.C. State Board of Education members: “Why are your graduates with teaching licenses not going into teaching?” The best way for... Full story

 

Comparing House/Senate Education Budgets

The N.C. House and the N.C. House will meet in conference to “iron out the differences” and create a final budget. The following are a sampling of the educational proposals from both the Senate and the House Budgets. In the Senate’s proposed... Full story

 

Are We Becoming Like The City Of Chicago?

Standard Two of the North Carolina Profess-ional Teaching Standards states that “Teachers establish a respectful environ-ment for a diverse population of students.” The importance of this standard should not be underestimated as the most recent... Full story

 

Superintendent ‘Speaks Truth To Power’ – Brevard NC

As a literature teacher for the past 29 years, I have often had the privilege of teaching books written about issues like the Holocaust or Civil Rights. Great literature often comes from periods of history where human beings have struggled and... Full story

 

Engaging Students: Service Learning

Brevard College’s motto is “Learn in Order to Serve,” but for educating our students in experiential ways, it could just as easily be “Serve in Order to Learn.” One of the most engaging ways to prepare our students for citizenship and...

 

Everyday Education Senior Projects Aid Curriculum

In one of the previous Everyday Education columns, elementary school teacher Jeanne DeJong gave excellent background on the Common Core Standards. These standards are part of a reform responding to a changing world in which our young people must be...

 

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