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Women in STEM Essential for the New Economy

Women in STEM Essential for the New Economy

We are on the front end of a far-reaching economic and societal transformation as a result of advances in research, science and technology. The forces of globalization are accelerating these changes a…
Teacher’s Edge: Getting students engaged

Teacher’s Edge: Getting students engaged

At a time when testing takes precedence, educators must seek out ways to engage students and motivate them beyond grades and test scores. A recent Gallup Poll should give us pause. The results …
Can standardized tests measure critical thinking?

Can standardized tests measure critical thinking?

If I told you I spent a fantastic weekend in a class discussing and learning about standardized testing, would you believe me? It might not sound like your favorite way to spend a Saturday, but the CW…
Why Twitter at 5:30 a.m.?

Why Twitter at 5:30 a.m.?

Why would anyone want to waste their time with this? I mean, do I really care what my narcissistic friends had for dinner? This sentiment describes my exact feelings a year ago regarding the social…
Putting it in perspective

Putting it in perspective

As a first-year teacher, I have learned that everything becomes an acronym. I am “a BT doing PD on CIF strategies.” Translation for those who pursued career paths other than teaching? “A …
To-Do List: Professional Learning Community

To-Do List: Professional Learning Community

When was your last Professional Learning Community (PLC)? More specifically, how much effort did it require to schedule it and how convenient was it? And are you wondering how in the world can PLCs…
“Learn, do, teach” through summer externship

“Learn, do, teach” through summer externship

As a teacher, maintaining the status quo means falling behind as our understanding of living things has grown exponentially in what seems to be a few short years. During my June externship at t…
Teacher externship showcases power of collaboration

Teacher externship showcases power of collaboration

I have a confession: I am a complete science nerd. I embrace the label with pride.  So as the school year ended, my teacher friends packed up their rooms for the summer and chattered about trips t…