From STEM to STEAM to STREAM

The acronyms keep changing.  STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics – has been touted as what educators need to focus on to prepare students for the challenges they’ll face in the modern workplace.  Some have taken STEM to the next level by adding an A for Arts to the acronym to make STEAM.  Recent […]

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STEM is Incomplete. We Need STEAM!

A number of years ago, the field of education had an epiphany.  In conjunction with community leaders and business and corporate leadership, STEM emerged to focus on four areas to work systemically, creating a curriculum to foster learning appropriate for the 21st century and the jobs of the future – many of which don’t even […]

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If You Had to Choose Between “What’s Best” and “What’s Next,” Which Would You Choose?

Many companies today espouse “Best Practices” when they say what their company does.  That’s a great way to build confidence in their target market. But difficulties arise when companies that may not espouse “Best Practices” want to know what others consider to be “Best Practices” so they can consider implementing them at their company. Then […]

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Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Remember that song from “Sesame Street?”  My wife and I grew up in “MisterRogers Neighborhood,” so the next generation that grew up on the “Street” had to find out who the people in their neighborhood were through song rather than a by a personal visit or video views through a magical picture frame. So who […]

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An Important Equation for School Administrators to Remember

In the schools I’ve visited, I’ve heard several administrators say that if the children are happy, the parents are happy.  If the parents are happy, the teachers are happy.  If the teachers are happy, the administrators are happy.  Put them all together and it creates an environment conducive to learning and school success. In mathematical […]

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A New Approach to Hiring New Teachers

Everyone working the field of education today has heard the arguments for and against the Common Core Curriculum as well as the benefits and drawbacks of increased standardized testing.  Interestingly, anyone graduating from college with their degree in education has undoubtedly done some type of research regarding these topics, but has also experienced the additional testing required to […]

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The 5 V’s of Data

You may have heard of the 3 “V”s of Big Data. What’s Big Data?  It’s the voluminous amount of information that is being mined by corporations by various means (like Internet searches, surveys and preference settings) for a variety of purposes (like targeted marketing, new product development and predictive analytics). Big Data’s 3 “V”s used […]

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Resolutions for the New Year – and Why You May Not Achieve Them

We humans have the best intentions when starting a new year. “I’m going to lose 20 pounds!” “I’m going to exercise 20 minutes every day!” “I’m going to eat right!” “I’m going to stop smoking!” “I’m going to get to bed early and not stay up late!” Perhaps you have at least one of those […]

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Back to Basics? What Was the Original Purpose of Compulsory Public School Education?

When pursuing a course of study which leads to a “Master” degree, both the thesis and the practicum pathways usually involve a review of the research regarding the thesis statement.  While reviewing some of the Internet resources available regarding the implementation of publicly funded compulsory education in this country, it’s interesting to see the articles associated with […]

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A Little More About “Cat String Theory” and Marketing, and Its Impact on Today’s Education Improvement Initiatives

If you dangle a string just out of reach of a cat’s paw, the cat will do whatever it can to get it.  If it’s taken away from him and dangled again, he will continue to pounce on it, jump for it and even try to gnaw at it.  But if the cat maintains hold […]

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