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Inspiring Educators

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   Tracy Lafreniere teaches reading and writing as a Reading Specialist at North Smithfield Elementary School.  At the time she was recognized as Rhode Island Teacher of the Year, she had been teaching for 17 years.  Although she has always lov
Transforming a failing school should be ranked up there as one of the most difficult tasks a person can undertake. Reenergizing, motivating, and instilling confidence in the teaching and support staff for the marathon school year is no easy ta
TGIF! So, let’s celebrate our weekly success with #FlyHighFri.  Joining Inspiring Educators today is a school counselor from Warren County, VA, Maria Kisner. Maria is all about instilling values and teaching life lessons to her crop of young l
The role of a school administrator is arguably one of the most challenging positions for any individual in a leadership position.  The ability to provide personal attention to daily details of individual student, parent, or staff member while
On Friday, we celebrate!  We celebrate our success in and outside the classroom.  #FlyHighFri is catching on and joining us to share his moment of triumph this week is Justin Birckbichler.  Justin is an elementary teacher in Virginia.  Inspiri
Brilliant or Insane publisher and Hack Learning creator Mark Barnes has written six books on education technology, student-centered learning, using mobile devices and social media in the classroom, global learning and 21st-century assessment,
Jonathan Wai, Ph.D., is a research scientist at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and a visiting researcher at Case Western Reserve University. He did his postdoctoral work at Duke University, holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt
Some of the most meaningful dialogues I’ve had with students occurred outside the class time.  The opportunity afforded me to get to know my students on a one to one level, especially the more introverted ones.  Free from peer pressure and the
Fear of public speaking rates at the top of all fears in the US, more so than the fear of flying, heights, spiders, and even clowns.  For a new teacher, the anticipation of delivering her first lesson to a classroom of students can keep her up
   Our Inspiring Educator today is a high school physics teacher at the Glenbrook South High School in Glenview, Illinois.  Mr. Tom Henderson has been teaching physics and chemistry since 1989 and a pioneering developer of an online tutorial gu
In 2006, I took a leave of absence, a gap year, from teaching to travel and explore the world.  It was a pause in my teaching career to reassess my life and to this day, the single most important decision I have made for myself in my adult lif
As a high school student, Joe was already assisting his teachers in communicating with the deaf students through sign language, often filling in for the interpreters running late.  Even with his limited knowledge of the American Sign Language
  Our inspiring educator today is Dr. Rick Hanson, a neuro-psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One
     Remember the scene from “The Dead Poet’s Society”, when Robin Williams character Mr. Keatings guided his students out to the trophy case in the hallways, had his students lean in and stare into an old black and white photo of the bygone f
Teach First NZ works to reduce educational inequality by developing talented individuals into highly effective teachers and inspirational leaders.  Inspired by the prestigious Teach First program in the UK and similar to the US Teach for Ameri
Suggest a topic to cover to a group of educators to teach and you’ll end up with multiple lesson plans as unique as the number of teachers in the room.  Each instructor will inevitably include their personal experience and design their own uni
We often hear about teachers making personal sacrifices to ensure student success.   Perhaps, opening the class early in the morning to provide last minute help before a big test or staying late after school to assist with a science project b
As the great great granddaughter of Booker T. Washington, Amanda Washington’s contribution to education remains very personal through her past work as a Spanish teacher for Teach for America.  Her current challenge is to define and produce a m
We continue our discussions about education in New Zealand with Mr. John Pipe in Auckland.  In this episode, John discusses the state of educators in New Zealand as well as the integration of Maori culture and new immigrants in the educational
Courage is defined in many ways in our society.  Many might think of a brave solider in the battlefield, a firefighter rushing into a burning building without regards for his own safety, or a bystander risking it all to rescue a stranger in ha
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