Our NBCT network has chosen our word of the year, “empower.” Although this word is used a lot in education, we feel that as we continue to expand our network this year and develop our relationship with Mesa Public Schools, a key part of our mission is to empower teachers, lift their voices, seek a…… Continue reading WOY 2019
As one of my first perks of being an 2019 AEF Ambassador for Excellence, I was invited to attend the annual ABEC (Arizona Business & Education Coalition) conference that took place last Friday in Phoenix. If you have never heard of ABEC (don’t worry, I hadn’t either) their mission statement is: Sustaining collaboration between…… Continue reading Student Equity in AZ
Recently, Maria Barker, NBCT, an early childhood special education teacher at Red Mountain Center for Early Education, was named an Ambassador of Excellence by the Arizona Educational Foundation. This means that she is one of the top 5 finalists for the Arizona State Teacher of the Year. At the core of our network is the…… Continue reading Mesa’s Own Maria Barker, AEF Ambassador of Excellence
Two weekend ago, I had the opportunity to participate in the 2nd Annual Runway for Our Teachers (hosted by A.M.I.C). During the event, I received a makeover and walked the runway as a clothing “model” (I use that word very very loosely). All the teachers in the show and also those who attended in the…… Continue reading Keeping Teachers Teaching
At the beginning of each school year there are certain things we all do. We update calendars, plan lessons, set up classrooms, pin more things than one person could possibly complete in a lifetime, etcetera…etcetera…etcetera. And if you’re like me, you also spend time thinking about your students from the previous year, with thoughts usually centered…… Continue reading Marshmallows & Seinfeld
#LeadMPS What is teacher leadership? It is a hard question to nail down isn’t it? Is teacher leadership just one of those things that we recognize when we see it but can’t define? Are you a teacher leader? Who hasn’t had a one of those moments when you said, “If I were in charge…” and…… Continue reading Becoming a Teacher Leader
What risks are you planning to take this year? This isn’t a question most evaluators would ask you, but when I think about why I love teaching, one of my first thoughts is that I love the opportunity to constantly learn and try new things. Creating new curriculum materials, or trying out new activities I…… Continue reading Taking the Leap
Be inspired to teach in a way that is brain compatible and helps your students learn ten times faster. The key is deep practice.