Yikes, It’s August! How Can You Keep Balanced? (by Lisa Dewey Wells)

This blog was originally published on Wonder of Children on August 4, 2011.

Lisa Wells has taught for 20 years in independent schools in MA, NY and MD. She currently writes a blog on child development, teaches yoga and tries to spend as much time with her two high schoolers as they will allow. Lisa’s committed to knowing each learner as an individual, creating a classroom community where the social curriculum is interwoven with the academic fabric and sharing her work with yoga and meditation with teachers and students. As a consulting teacher for the Northeast Foundation for Children’s Responsive Classroom, Lisa fa…


New Atlanta School Restores Hope After Fake Test Score Scandal

In a former IBM building, the priciest school ever built in the state of Georgia recently opened its doors to students. The New York Times reports that the North Atlanta High School cost $147 million to renovate, far more expensive than the average cost to build a new school, which is $38.5 million. With 11 stories and a 900-car parking deck, the school community is optimistic about the new state-of-the-art school faci…


Introducing the New York State Teacher Certification Guide!

Want to find out how to become a teacher in New York? can help! In addition to connecting you with the greatest education bloggers on the web and sharing the latest education news and resources, one of our chief goals has always been to provide you with a detailed breakdown of teacher certification requirements in each state. While all states require teaching candidates to hold at least a bachelor's degree, additional requirements to become a teacher vary. On our state pages, we outline the teaching requirements across all fifty states and the District of Colu…


More Schools Encouraging Smartphones in the Classroom

With schools around the country tightening their policies on cell phone use to keep distracted students on task, a few schools are actually encouraging students to bring their electronic devices into the classroom. Education Week shares that the Tangipahoa school district in Louisiana recently decided to allow the Hammond High Magnet School and Jewel Sumner High School to let students bring their smartphones into classrooms for academic use. School board member Brett Duncan stated, “The other schools that have experimen…

How Struggling Makes a Good Education Leader (by Jim Dillon)

Jim Dillon has been an educator for over 35 years, including 20 years as a school administrator. While he was the principal of Lynnwood Elementary in New York, he developed the Peaceful School Bus Program, designed to prevent and reduce bullying, and subsequently published The Peaceful School Bus (Hazelden, 2008). The program is now being implemented in schools across the country. He is the author of No Place for Bullying: Leadership for schools that care for every student (Corwin, 2013). Jim is currently an educational consultant for Measurement Incorporated. He makes presentations and conducts workshops on a variety of educational topics, including instruction, classroom management, leadership, and supervision. Jim has presented at many local, state and national conferences. Ji…

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