Why Strong Leaders Use Sugar Instead of Vinegar

Danny Brassell was a new teacher and he really didn’t know what to do with seven-year-old Belinda. She was the smallest kid in his classroom and it was hard to imagine she could be as much trouble as she was proving to be.

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Leadership on a Budget

As an educator, we’ve all used our own money to buy supplies for our classrooms, prizes for points earned, or workshops and classes to train us to be better at our job. It’s part of what we do as committed teachers and administrators.

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Improving our schools: From Promise, to Practice

Turn on the radio, and you’ll hear Andy Williams sing about how it’s the most wonderful time of the year—thanks in large part to the parties, sweet treats and festivities of the holiday season. But as a middle school science teacher for the past 10 years, my rationale is a bit different. This is the most wonderful time of the year because I can begin to see the growth in my students and have developed a stronger understanding of how to best support each student’s individual learning over the coming months.

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Old School vs. New School Perspectives on Leadership

Being an educator is a true calling.  It takes a passion for education and a love of community to become the educator-leader needed for successful learning environments. Assuming this leadership role is no easy feat and administrators are the backbone/leaders of a great school and school district.

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BALANCING Leadership & Management for Principals

A Principal’s Impact

My first teaching day looked like this: huge high school, one of 19 English teachers — yours truly was the only male in the department — and 174 sophomores on my roster. 

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PowerGistics Towers for a seamless transition in modern classrooms

PowerGistics Towers simplify secure charging and storage of iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops alike.

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BUILDING CAREER PATHWAYS

To develop these pathways, one must be mindful of opportunities and strategies that can provide continued professional growth and development in areas of interest. In order to pick the best route, the first step is to identify current and future goals. Even if these goals are small, having something to work towards can create the motivation to step outside of one’s current role, which can bring huge rewards.

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3 Reasons It’s Time To Pursue An Advanced Degree In Stem Education

“The answer is effective interdisciplinary STEM professional development for educators,” says Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., director of the STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel.

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Still Relevant? THE IMPORTANCE OF A MASTER’S DEGREE

Q&A with Dr. Julie Hannah, Assistant Professor for Instructional Leadership at Samford University.

If you are in education, you are well aware of the need to continue to learn. Whether your knowledge continues through certifications, endorsements or a master’s degree, the emphasis placed on constant learning is always there and widely regarded. For many educators, of the three named, a master’s degree is at the top of the list in attainment.

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ROCKET 21- THINK BIG. DO MORE. THINK BIG - EXPLORE, CREATE, CONNECT

More than ever, Career Exploration programs can help students connect the dots between school and career opportunities – and help them understand the skills they will need for real-world jobs in their futures. 

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FOOTBALL IN THE SOUTH THE CULTURE AND THE RISKS

Football fever runs deep in the South —  from high school to the NFL. Alabama to Florida, to Georgia and the Carolinas, the Gulf States, Tennessee and Kentucky, and onto the Virginias, this national pastime has its own “season” in the South. 

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NUTRITION and the STUDENT ATHLETE A Q&A WITH SPORTS NUTRITIONIST MARIE SPANO

While we know proper physical care, coaching, and training are very important for the student athlete, proper nutrition is just as important to the longevity and vitality of an athlete’s performance. SEEN spoke to expert sports nutritionist and author, Marie Spano, regarding the importance of nutrition for the student athlete and how the average person can make healthier lifestyle choices.

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THE POWER OF SCHOOL MEALS TO FIGHT HUNGER

All too often when people think about childhood hunger, they don’t think about its prevalence right here in the U.S. But in fact, one in six American children live in households that struggle to put enough food on the table. Hunger affects children in every community in the United States. And this means long term effects for our nation’s kids. Ending hunger means ensuring every child has reliable access to the healthy food they need.

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More than Muffins and Milk Kickstart Students’ Success with Breakfast After the Bell

As former teachers, we know the importance of caring for each and every one of our students. But what happens when some kids don’t have access to the same essential elements as others?

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Managing Food Allergies Requires a Comprehensive Approach

Food allergy management is a hot topic in many school districts each year, but myths and misinformation can make food allergy management even more of a challenge. 

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3 TIPS TO BECOME ONE OF AMERICA'S HEALTHIEST SCHOOLS

As educators, it’s our responsibility to ensure students reach their full potential—in school and in life. At Robert C. Hatch High School, we strive to create a challenging learning environment that encourages success and allows for individual differences in learning styles. We invite parents, teachers and community members to take an active role in our students’ learning.

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Independent Specialized Schools Why they exist and why people work for them

Meeting the needs of students with special needs requires a wide array of specialized services and the expertise of many professionals. The vast majority of children with special needs are served in public schools. The public school setting has many advantages: access to the general education curriculum, exposure to typically developing peers, and the presence of many in-house experts across disciplines.  In addition, public schools allow for natural community inclusion opportunities, as fellow students are local and part of other social contexts the student with special needs is likely to encounter.

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The Case for Senior Seminar

Seeking to to help incoming ninth grade students transition successfully, many high schools have instituted a dedicated course often referred to as freshman seminar. But what about the transition out of high school? What do our junior and senior students need in order to stay on course to graduate and be ready for the opportunities and challenges presented in college and the workforce? 

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SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY A REWARDING PROFESSION FILLED WITH SHORTAGES

Speech-language pathology is a wonderful profession filled with an awesome responsibility to change people’s lives by improving their communication skills and abilities.  Communication and cognitive ability are the most important variables that separate humans from other species. 

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Designing Educational Spaces to Inspire Divergent Thinking

Creativity is essential to modern leadership. Several decades ago, our economy was based on knowledge and skillset, but today, our economy is driven by ideas, innovation and creative thinking. 

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Protecting Students from Sexual Misconduct by School Staff

This past spring, viewers around the nation watched the FBI’s manhunt for former Tennessee teacher Tad Cummins and a then 15-year-old student. The news coverage of the ordeal included testimonials from schoolmates and Cummins’ former students stating they suspected or had experienced inappropriate conduct from Cummins. 

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A Case for Focusing on the “A” in STEAM Year-Round

Initiatives such as National STEAM Day highlight the increasing need for curriculum that prepares students to enter the growing STEM workforce — but schools need to think beyond a single day of the year. National STEAM Day serves as a reminder to fully engage students in STEAM activities, and foster a lifelong passion for problem-solving, creating and inventing year-round.

Educators can seek new ways to encourage STEAM learning, even when students are not in math or science class. At Clayton County Public Schools, a district-wide initiative was launched to integrate art across core curriculums in order to focus on STEAM in everyday instruction. As the district’s director of fine arts, I have guided teachers through a multi-step process that embraces a school culture of arts-integration and STEAM learning.

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Top Tech Essentials for Parent Engagement

Parental involvement has long been part of the schools’ formula for improving students’ academic performance. As the educational landscape shifts to the digital frontier, many schools are turning to technology tools to make that connection between home and school — but the technology alone won’t get 100 percent of parents actively involved in their students’ coursework.

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Smoky Mountain Towns of Haywood County, North Carolina

There’s something very special about Western North Carolina’s mountain towns. Some say it’s the majestic rolling mountains and their beckoning call to be explored, while others say it’s the down-home friendly folks who give you the feeling you’ve known them for years. 

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STEM-TASTIC ADVENTURES Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tennessee

STEM, the acronym that can strike fear in the hearts of educators everywhere, leaving teachers to question, “How can I incorporate science, technology, engineering and math into a single lesson or even a whole unit?”

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‘Best Beach in the South,’ Panama City Beach, Florida

Located in Northwest Florida, Panama City Beach offers both abundant natural beauty and enough affordable family activities to delight sea enthusiasts and landlubbers alike.  With more than 27 miles of white sandy beaches sprawling along the emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and a comfortable climate ideally suited for year-round fun, Panama City Beach has been recently named one of the “Best Beaches in the South” by Southern Living. 

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Have Your Students Take the Fake News Challenge

Are your students drowning in a sea of (mis)information? To help them navigate a media landscape where real and fake sometimes look all too similar, the Newseum Education Department offers a hands-on class that is free for school groups.

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GRACELAND An Enriching Journey Engaging Young Minds

Elvis Aaron Presley was born to Vernon and Gladys Presley on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1948.

In 1954, Elvis began his singing career with the legendary Sun Records label in Memphis. By 1956 he was an international sensation. With a sound and style that uniquely combined his diverse musical influences and blurred and challenged the social and racial barriers of the time, he ushered in a whole new era of American music and popular culture.

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Journey into the Past Colonial Williamsburg

You want your students to connect with American history: the sources of our democratic values, how our lives have changed over time, and how the choices of citizens shaped the outcome. Nothing was inevitable.

But you also want them to have fun, to be engaged.

It’s all here, ready to be discovered. Colonial Williamsburg offers customized hands-on school and group visits in the city where George Washington first took elective office, Thomas Jefferson learned law, and Patrick Henry spoke out against the Stamp Act. 

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Busch Gardens, Williamsburg

The beautiful charm of Europe meets an unparalleled mixture of thrill rides and adventure at Busch Gardens® Williamsburg. The Virginia theme park has something for everyone with world-class roller coasters, captivating shows and exciting animal encounters. The park’s collection of educational programs is designed to help educators turn the world’s most beautiful theme park into a classroom of wild and thrilling proportions. Students can soar like eagles and roam like wolves while they experience what they’ve only ever read about in textbooks. With something amazing around every corner, classes will come together like never before. The best part: Busch Gardens is a hidden adventure of fun for everyone.

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Looking Back in Order to Look Forward

Long-term capacity planning is successful when leaders have a keen eye on demographic changes. When executed consistently, school districts are better able to keep operating costs lower and educational programs optimally funded over the long haul. 

Operational inefficiencies that result from inconsistent facility planning and their adverse effects on academic programs are quite avoidable when districts develop a comprehensive, fact-based approach.  This approach must include respecting capacities of existing schools (looking back) and incorporating realistic expectations of long-term demographic changes (looking back and forward).

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PowerGistics Towers for a seamless transition in modern classrooms

PowerGistics Towers simplify secure charging and storage of iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops alike.

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Why Strong Leaders Use Sugar Instead of Vinegar

Danny Brassell was a new teacher and he really didn’t know what to do with seven-year-old Belinda. She was the smallest kid in his classroom and it was hard to imagine she could be as much trouble as she was proving to be. More >>

Relevant Tags: Soup’s On!

Leadership on a Budget

As an educator, we’ve all used our own money to buy supplies for our classrooms, prizes for points earned, or workshops and classes to train us to be better at our job. It’s part of what we do as committed teachers and administrators. More >>

Relevant Tags: Leadership

Improving our schools: From Promise, to Practice

Turn on the radio, and you’ll hear Andy Williams sing about how it’s the most wonderful time of the year—thanks in large part to the parties, sweet treats and festivities of the holiday season. But as a middle school science teacher for the past 10 ... More >>

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Old School vs. New School Perspectives on Leadership

Being an educator is a true calling.  It takes a passion for education and a love of community to become the educator-leader needed for successful learning environments. Assuming this leadership role is no easy feat and administrators are the backbo... More >>

Relevant Tags: LEADERSHIP

BALANCING Leadership & Management for Principals

A Principal’s Impact My first teaching day looked like this: huge high school, one of 19 English teachers — yours truly was the only male in the department — and 174 sophomores on my roster.  More >>

Relevant Tags: LEADERSHIP

PowerGistics Towers for a seamless transition in modern classrooms

PowerGistics Towers simplify secure charging and storage of iPads, Chromebooks, and Laptops alike. More >>

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BUILDING CAREER PATHWAYS

To develop these pathways, one must be mindful of opportunities and strategies that can provide continued professional growth and development in areas of interest. In order to pick the best route, the first step is to identify current and future goa... More >>

Relevant Tags: LEADERSHIP

3 Reasons It’s Time To Pursue An Advanced Degree In Stem Education

“The answer is effective interdisciplinary STEM professional development for educators,” says Jennifer Albert, Ph.D., director of the STEM Center of Excellence at The Citadel. More >>

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