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My students need YOUR help!

My students at Newburgh P-TECH have an awesome opportunity that I would like to share with you in the hopes that you all might be willing to publicize it and support us! We are in the running to win $100,000 … Continue reading

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Time Well Spent

This originally appeared on the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) blog This post, written by members Jacqueline Hesse and Christine McCartney, is the first of two parts. After taking students from Global to Local, our global service-learning program out of … Continue reading

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a short documentary about service learning

This summer I had the amazing opportunity to take fifteen young change-makers to Ecuador for ten days of volunteer work through Global to Local.  Check out how awesome they are and dream big for your students!

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Despite our hesitations as we loaded fifteen 11th graders onto a bus to LaGuardia on the last day of school, traveling with students has been fulfilling in so many expected and unexpected ways. Being removed from our routines and comforts … Continue reading

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Educational reform in the US and Finland

While homogeneity in Finland certainly plays a role in the different trajectories of educational reform in the United States and Finland, a closer look reveals that there might be more at play: resources:  PBS teaching timeline Education Reform in Finland … Continue reading

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PISA scores and Poverty

I’ve been explaining this to countless Finnish teachers and it has been provoking so many interesting conversations about equity and resources, that I thought I would simplify it into a visual representation.  Find the articles that I sourced most of … Continue reading

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Finland’s Choice-Based Educational Structure

This infographic illustrates the various trajectories students can follow to become educated, socially valuable, successful members of their society -one of the high points of what I have seen in the months I have been here… Enjoy!

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school spaces

Thanks to Bonnie Kaplan, here is a collection of shots from the schools I have been spending time in. They illustrate what the typical schools look like -comprised of open areas flooded with bright outside light, clean community spaces, and … Continue reading

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A roller coaster ride at the Nobel Prize Museum

While in Stockholm last week, I had the opportunity to visit the Nobelmuseet, a museum chronicling and showcasing the creative endeavors of the past 112 years of Nobel Laureates’ work. As I walked up the steps facing Stortorget Square and … Continue reading

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the. best way to cross a frozen lake. ever.

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