With the school year winding down, it’s now time to chase the sun and get some much-needed rest. While you are relaxing by the pool, the last thing on your mind is the 2018-2019 school year. After all – you’re done for the year, right? Well, not really. If you’re looking to get ahead career-wise in the upcoming school year, the summer is where you should hone your skills and “level up.”
This issue of SEEN challenges you to elevate your career in education. Whether you’re looking to stay in the classroom, move into an administrative role, or become an edupreneur , there are some basic skills you need to obtain these roles. We explore some options and hope you pay close attention to these roles and the advice education consultant Crystal Scillitani has to offer for those looking to educate in a different way.
We also take a look at what’s been happening in the world of STEM and how females are faring in this male dominated field. Is there more we can do to elevate our young girls and other women looking to go into STEM careers? It’s necessary that we look closely at what we can do to prepare them for tomorrow’s workforce.
In every issue of SEEN, we also like to focus on physical health and nutrition. The summer is no time to stop that focus – especially if you’re still striving to shed those last ten (or maybe 20) pounds. The role of the Physical Education teacher (you know the one who would push you to exercise?) has changed quite a bit. I think you’ll find it interesting how the curriculum for the new PE teacher has changed the way your students get healthy and stay healthy.
Lastly, here at SEEN, we know our future is our greatest commodity – our students, our teachers, our administrators , and our school staffs. We also know we must do everything we can to safeguard our schools and communities. This year has been extremely painful and heart-wrenching to watch as our students, teachers, staffs have died at the hands of active shooters making their way onto school campuses. The conversation about gun laws has sparked dialogue that, quite honestly, we shouldn’t be having when it comes to our schools. Safety is paramount and we have to be vigilant as a community to ensure our schools remain secure for all. In this issue, we are honored to have Alissa Parker – co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools- give her unique perspective on school security. Parker speaks from the heart, as the mother of one of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2013. Pay close attention: Ms. Parker's advocacy could teach us all what to look for as we focus on security for a new school year ahead.
Educators – I wish you all a safe and happy summer. Stay tuned as we prepare for the Fall/Winter edition of SEEN coming soon. New things for a new year on the horizon...
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