Stroupe: Mississippi Accountability: Where’s the Growth? Or Science? Or History?

From The Thinking Conservative Blog –  As anyone who has ever had more than a five second conversation with me regarding the purpose of assessment in our schools knows, it is my whole-hearted belief that it should be growth-oriented and used for formative purposes. For all of the somewhat scattered nature of our accountability model […]

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Koonlaba: My Biggest Takeaway From the First-ever ECET2MS

Y’all. Seriously, the only way that I can think of starting this post is by saying “Y’all.” Southerners almost always start serious conversations with “Y’all.” I can’t think of a thing much more serious than what I am about to tell you. Y’all, Mississippi’s teachers have been beat down the past few years. We’ve heard […]

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Koonlaba: An Eventful, Maddening Year…

I am a DreamTeacher Fellow with an organization called DreamWakers. This organization connects classrooms to professionals around the country. Then, the students in the classroom are able to video chat with that professional. My students have been chatting with professionals who use the skills that accompany art and creativity in their careers. This is a […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about visual art and poetry (aka arts integration)?

I just read a blog post by Alycia Zimmerman titled, Ekphrasis: Poetry About Art, and I really learned something new. I had no idea what ekphrasis meant before reading. The post defines this word as “writing about any art form, but in its modern usage, ekphrasis generally refers to poetry that reflects on visual art, and most […]

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Darein C. Spann: We are the ones we have been waiting for!!!

The following is the text of a speech given by Darein C. Spann at the It All Starts with Education Forum , which was held in July in Jackson, MS. The event was organized by MS Representative Jay Hughes. Several teachers were invited to give TedX-style power speeches to the audience of several hundred educators and […]

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Amanda Koonlaba: We are the ones we’ve been waiting for!

The following is the text of a speech given by Amanda Koonlaba at the It All Starts with Education Forum , which was held in July in Jackson, MS. The event was organized by MS Representative Jay Hughes. Several teachers were invited to give TedX-style power speeches to the audience of several hundred educators and public education supporters. These […]

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5 Minute Power Speeches – “Ideas for Inspiration & Change”

Because these are prepared remarks by the speakers, I will not try to provide an abbreviation of words and pauses specifically chosen for effect.  I have chosen a couple of “golden lines’ for each- standout quotes. Video of the full panel will be made available by Representative Hughes after the conference is over.  TEACHERS OF […]

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Koonlaba: What do you think about summer vacation homework?

I just read a post on Scholastic Teachers about rethinking summer homework. The author insists that summer homework be meaningful and interesting. Students should buy-in on having to complete this homework over their summer break. The author of the post describes some activities that qualify. This post made me start thinking about what other educators […]

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Amanda Koonlaba: Not on Our Watches

Dear Mississippi Educators, If something happens on your watch, you are responsible for it as if you were in charge. Well, Mississippi educators, in very recent times, we’ve lost the chance to amend the state constitution to make education a civil right and allowed a gamut of privatization measures to bet set up. These things have […]

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