Building the Workforce of Tomorrow: Teaching Career Exploration in the Classroom

Career exploration in the school setting has changed greatly over the last couple of decades. This is primarily due to the changing world of work. Careers are no longer limited by state, region, or even country. The world of work has stretched beyond our country and is a global playing field. In order for students to compete globally, they must first be exposed to careers outside their local community and they must understand how they are connected to the world of work if they are going to be contenders in a global market.

8 Questions with a Wealth Manager

8 QUESTIONS is a series of interviews with teachers who have effectively transitioned their classroom skills into new and exciting careers in the field of education. We at believe that teaching is a rigorous and diverse classroom in and of itself; the skills learned “in the trenches” can translate into an exciting portfolio of professional options. From education tech to consulting, the only “X factor” is where you want to go — our interviews hope to shine a light on the steps it takes to get there.

Lessons from PARCC’s Sudden Rise and Rapid Fall: Budgets and Data

We discussed last week how PARCC, the standardized test born of the Race to the Top program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, has gradually fallen out of favor with schools and why. (We specifically discussed how it, like many standardized tests, can disrupt instruction and subject students to long slogs of test prep, while reducing teachers to proctorship).


Lessons from PARCC’s Sudden Rise and Rapid Fall

In 2009, in an effort to get a slice of the program’s $4.35 billion in federal funding, states were incentivized to adopt policies pertaining to things like common standards, performance-based teacher evaluation models, and “developing and implementing common, high-quality assessments.”

Revamping Your Resume for the New Year

A new school year is still many months away, so revising your resume might be the last thing you’re thinking about as you ring in 2018. 

Using Graphic Novels in the Middle School Classroom

The term “graphic novel” was coined in the 1960s by writer and comic historian Richard Kyle. Until the last several years, the genre was fairly unknown outside the realm of comic book fans. There’s no concrete, widely accepted definition. Adding to the potential for confusion, the term is used for any book which uses comic-like illustrations to enhance the story. Though fiction books dominate graphic novel offerings, an increasing number of them are being published on nonfiction topics. The term “graphic novel” still applies even to these informational titles.