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By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 11:37 AM EST
Sarah Cherry Rice
One day, while Sarah Cherry Rice (left) was visiting a public school, she noticed an adult sitting in the back of a class texting. “Who’s that?” she asked. It was the substitute teacher. “I was like, what? It felt like there was a babysitter. No teaching or learning was going on. I already don’t like inefficiency, so the thought that we were paying folks to be in a class and babysit and do nothing or just pass out worksheets or put on a movie” didn’t sit right, she says. At the time, Cherry Rice, now a second-year Ed.L.D. student, was consulting in schools for Mass Insight and hadn’t given...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 9:52 AM EST
Tagging Twilight Sparkle
At first, the babysitter didn’t know what to make of her new boss spending hours obsessively analyzing cartoons all day. Things were especially questionable when Tracy Elizabeth, Ed.M.'10, Ed.D.'17, watched the same episode of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic over and over and over again. “I spent more than five hours in a single afternoon watching Twilight Sparkle, the main unicorn pony, figure out how to protect her friends from a feared pony named Nightmare Moon,” Elizabeth says. The sitter, as it turns out, didn’t have anything to worry about: Elizabeth had just started her new job...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 9:23 AM EST
It's Ancient History
When your grandfather comes to your school in the first grade, after a trip to Egypt, and shows your class the dried-up face of an unwrapped mummy, it’s not surprising that an interest in all-things Tut and tomb would develop. For Bill Meyer, Ed.M.’04, this meant leading his third-grade class two years later in a demo mummification of dolls. After college, he started teaching high school history, including sections on Ancient Egypt. More recently, Meyer started writing about that time period with Horace j. Edwards and the Time Keepers, his middle school adventure series set partially along...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 5:17 AM EST
When current doctoral student Tyler Thigpen started his residency at Transcend, a national nonprofit dedicated to accelerating innovation in how we define “school,” he knew there were other Ed School students and graduates involved. He didn’t quite realize the extent, however, until they all got together for a retreat last summer. “We were at the retreat, and I thought, wow, we’re only 11 teammates strong and four of us are Ed School folks,” Thigpen says. “And not just Ed School, but all Ed.L.D.” And the four, including Jenn Charlot, Ed.L.D.'15; Brittany Erickson, Ed.L.D.'16; and Christine...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 5:00 AM EST
Dear Data. I Need You. Faster.
As more and more districts of all sizes started collecting data to evaluate what programs and interventions were working for their students and which weren’t, it became clear to the team at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) that this information was helpful only if educators had a way to interpret it — and in a timely way. So last year, CEPR created Proving Ground, a five-year project geared toward helping districts eliminate the need to hire research firms to conduct costly and time-consuming evaluations of their initiatives. “It started as an idea on how to get data back in a...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 4:00 AM EST
Study Skills: Lizzie Moore
Yes, Lizzie Moore owns overalls and can drive a tractor. (The compost spreader is her favorite.) And yes, with the rise of CSAs and glossy magazines like Modern Farmer, she admits there’s a hip factor to farming these days. But none of these are the reasons she left the classroom to start her very own farm on seven acres in Napa, California. “I always loved the outdoors,” says Moore, a student in the Specialized Studies Program who is here learning about place-based food entrepreneurship programs. “I always wanted to teach outdoors.” With BOCA Farm, that’s exactly what she’s doing. After...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 3:09 AM EST
Defining the Skills for Success
You know how important it is for kids to develop life skills like managing emotions or learning to make better decisions — skills that are actually as important as doing well on an academic test. The problem is, you don’t know where to start. Or maybe you did start by buying some expensive prepackaged program that just isn’t working for your school’s particular needs. Now what? Associate Professor Stephanie Jones and her team at Easel Lab’s SEL Analysis Project came up with an idea called “kernel of practice” — evidence-based strategies and activities that educators can easily use with their...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 2:25 AM EST
McCoy Bookshelf
YOU’RE CURRENTLY READING: Swimming Studies, a memoir by artist and former competitive swimmer Leanne Shapton. THE THING THAT DREW YOU TO IT: In general, I like to read memoirs. I was also a competitive swimmer for 16 years growing up, so I have a personal connec-tion to the topic. FAVORITE BOOK FROM CHILDHOOD AND WHY YOU LOVED IT: Nancy Drew. The books remind me of my grandmother, who gave me her copy of The Secret of the Old Clock when I was 8. PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW I’VE NEVER READ … Moby-Dick! IF YOU WERE TO GIVE A BOOK AS A GIFT TO SOMEONE, WHAT WOULD IT BE, WHOM WOULD IT BE...
By Lory Hough 01/08/2017 1:14 AM EST
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Powered by Girl
Lyn Mikel Brown
In her new book, Powered by Girl, Lyn Mikel Brown, Ed.D.’89, a writer and education professor at Colby College, explores how young women have embraced activism and how adult women have supported them and need to continue to support them in their movements. As she writes, “This field guide is not so much a how-to, as it is a how-to-be: how to be in relationship with girls — how to hear them, learn from them, en-able and support their ideas, join them in their activism.” Safe Is Not Enough
Michael Sadowski
There has been a sea change in...
By Lory Hough 08/24/2016 4:41 PM EDT
Scenes from an Open House
"How many of you have ever been to a school open house?" asks Senior Lecturer Karen Mapp, Ed.M.’93, Ed.D.’99. Pretty much all hands in Askwith Hall go up. “And I bet you just can’t wait to turn off Scandal to go to another one.” Based on the laughter in the room, the answer is clearly no. Although open houses are a rare chance for parents and caregivers to walk freely around the school and meet with educators, unfortunately, as Mapp points out and as the audience reaction clearly confirms, traditional open houses just don’t work. They’re boring. They’re rushed. And they end up feeling a lot...


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