How to make changes that are proactive—and lasting
Transformational leadership means much more than making simple tweaks to the way you've always done things, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Lorrie Owens. It also means changing how stakeholders think and feel about doing those things.
Crafting a class brand
As a teacher, I didn’t want my class to be known as “Mr. Vincent’s Fifth Grade.” Rather than making myself the focus, I set out to give my students ownership over our collective brand, says guest columnist Tony Vincent, an educator who lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and a featured speaker at DA’s FETC 2020.
The school’s role in fighting alcohol abuse
Many parents are rightly concerned about the possibility that their children may one day abuse alcohol. A parent can be proactive by getting involved in alcohol abuse prevention efforts at their child’s school, says guest columnist C. Kevin Synnott, a professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Makerspace, hackerspace or fablab? What’s in a name?
In the past decade, the terms makerspace, hackerspace and fablab have appeared on the horizon. These are new names for what people have always done—come together to fix things, make new things and learn from each other, says DA guest columnist and FETC featured speaker Sylvia Martinez, who is co-author of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom.
To improve writing instruction, help teachers understand it
Literacy is perhaps the most fundamental academic skill there is. But too often, literacy seems to mean reading, and the flip side of the coin, writing, gets limited attention, says guest columnist and former classroom teacher Dea Auray, who is the founder of Empowering Writers.
A win for students—and a PR win for the school board
Unless you are a lottery winner or have unlimited disposable income each month, the start of school calls for most parents to financially prepare for the requested back-to-school supplies. Our district found a way to reduce that burden, says guest columnist Dan Brigman, superintendent for Laurens County Schools in Georgia.