About Mandi Bozarth

My Teacher: A Poem

on May 6th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

  By Beckett Age 6, First Grade Awesome teacher Teachers teach Caring Loving Helping me learn Hoping I feel happy Can I learn? Yes!

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Why Personalized Learning? A Parent’s Perspective

on February 13th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

This is the first in a series of blogs to explore personalized learning.  In the first installment, I share my own journey as a parent to understand why personalized learning should be a goal of PK-12 systems and how I came to believe that.  The “evidence” for my parental belief…

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2015 Martin Luther King Day of Service

on January 16th, 2015 in Blog by | 3 Comments

 “Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding  will be lifted from our fear drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with…

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Facilitating Communities of Education Professionals

on December 8th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. –John Donne, No Man is an Island   We are all parts of communities where we engage daily – with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues; face-to-face, online, and on…

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Learning to Celebrate

on October 22nd, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

My children’s elementary school recently celebrated our 60th birthday.  We gathered at the school, listened to alumni who are now junior high and high school students play orchestral music, ate cookies, picked a few remaining vegetables from the school garden, and spent time with our friends and neighbors.  Retired teachers,…

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Communal Reading

on September 4th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

Are you picturing several people sitting cross-legged on big floor pillows, drinking herbal tea, and reading poetry aloud between gentle yoga stretches? While that sounds appealing (and before I had kids you might have hit the nail on the head with that image), that is not what I mean. For…

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Say Thank You — Or Else

on May 5th, 2014 in Blog by | 1 Comment

Yesterday during our elementary school’s annual “Chalk the Walk” to thank our teachers, my nine year-old son drew this picture near the school entrance. I must admit I was a little nervous when he started drawing the man with the funny teeth. I know he loves his teachers, but he…

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National Youth Violence Protection Week

on April 9th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

April 7-11, 2014, is National Youth Violence Protection Week.  The National Association of Students Against Violence (SAVE) has partnered with five other groups to host a full week of activities aimed at supporting and empowering youth to make their communities safer.  More details and suggested activities are available HERE. Each…

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To Tweet or Not to Tweet: That Shouldn’t Be a Question

on March 7th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

   To get straight to the point:  I am not an avid or successful Twitter user.  The mere thought of saying something that matters in 140 characters makes me want to hide under my desk. But recently I have become increasingly aware of the potential for Twitter to support my…

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To Everyone in Our Schools: Thank You for Your Compassion and Empathy

on November 26th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

This week I will ask my kids to tell me what they are thankful for.  I will most likely get the usual responses – my dog, my video games, my doll, my Transformers.  And when I ask them to reflect a little more I’ll get some answers I like better…

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