Educators, business leaders and advocates gathered Monday in Clearwater for a three-day education summit called by Gov. Rick Scott --- but the first day in some ways served to highlight differences between those involved in public schools as the system enters a critical period.
In an early example of the disagreements that could affect the meeting, Joanne McCall, vice president of the Florida Education Association, highlighted teacher concerns with the state's accountability system, now under siege from several sources.
My kids are off to college. It is a bittersweet moment. I am – of course – incredibly proud of them. I’m excited for all of the experiences and opportunities that lay before them; but I am also sad, and a little worried, because they will be on their own and so far away from home.
Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 10:37 am
Editor’s note: Names of students and teachers have been changed.
Knowing we were going to be talking about former students, Lisa Perry told me she got out some letters she had saved and read through them. The exercise inspired her to get in touch with four of her students from over 20 years ago. (“Facebook is a wonderful thing,” she told me.)
Ms. Roberts left teaching ten years ago, but she remembers very clearly a day in class that changed her and her students.
It was her first year and she was teaching English to over two hundred kids a day in Room 100, also known as “the Pit.” The name came from the fact that her class was where several other Language Arts teachers had transferred challenging students.
Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 11:35 am
Henry Rodriguez had a lot of ideas as a young, energetic teacher. He wanted to make his civics class relevant and to help his students be more aware of what was going on in the world. One of his ideas involved requiring his kids to watch a brief news program every morning for the whole year.