Archive of Core Values

Equity in Personalized Learning

on November 10th, 2017 in Blog by | No Comments

This summer the International Association for Online Learning (iNACOL) and CompetencyWorks invited me to the 2017 National Summit on K-12 Competency-based Education to explore personalized learning and CBE. The Summit brought together experts and leaders from across the country to focus on 4 key areas: 1) quality, 2) equity, 3)…

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Check out the Dream Center’s Summer Leadership Camp

on September 12th, 2017 in Blog by | No Comments

Check out the awesome work of our partners at the Dream Center during their Summer Leadership Camp 2017. Congratulations to the team and nice job to the participants! Enjoy their video HERE. To learn more about the Dream Center visit them online HERE or on FaceBook at TheDreamCenter1.

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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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A MLK Day to Remember

on January 20th, 2015 in Blog by | No Comments

I hope you had a meaningful MLK Day yesterday!  We are proud that our very own Alecia Brooks was honored yesterday at the 1st Annual Stride Toward Progress Bell Ringing and Awards Ceremony here in Iowa City.  Royceann Porter, 2014-15 African American Achievement Award Recipient, took it upon herself to publicly acknowledge the hard…

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2015 Martin Luther King Day of Service

on January 16th, 2015 in Blog by | 4 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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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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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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BE BOLD

on July 8th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

Have you ever noticed that when you are deeply interested in something, you find ideas about that interest where you aren’t expecting to find them and when you aren’t intentionally seeking that information?  If you are open to learning something new, then ideas come to you from sources and settings…

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