Here’s how you get to Carnegie Hall (updated)

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A good underdog story sells. Underdog stories are about a person or group working against all odds to make it to the big time in sports, business, the movies, the circus, or to win a battle or true love, or to graduate medical school, or even high school. So here’s news of the Hancock Select […]

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Putting students first: It’s what teachers do

In the better-late-than-never category, congratulations to the 156 teachers across this state recognized by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards last month for achieving national certification. This class of 2012 means New York has 1,458 nationally certified teachers. Here’s a link to a full article that emphasizes the Schenectady schools. Since Schenectady is my […]

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#Snowflakes for Sandy Hook


The Parent Teachers Student Association of Sandy Hook has asked for your help to create a winter wonderland at their new school. Here’s a link to their home page. Here’s a recap: To decorate the halls of the school, the group has asked anyone who wishes to make snowflakes, paper, knitted, crafts, etc., to mail […]

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You’ve only got four days left …


So, now it’s astronomy, numerology and the Mayan calendar that have the world ending. At least one world ended last Friday. That’s the world where no one would ever thinking of bringing a gun into an elementary school and kill young children. About the only reason I even think about the end of the world is […]

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The reviews are in!

And Won’t Back Down gets a number of Rotten Tomatoes. (At the time this is posted, 13 rotten tomatoes versus 6 fresh.) From The Hollywood Reporter to Edutopia to National Public Radio and Variety, critics are panning the film. The Nation has a particularly scathing review. One might think a Chicago Tribune reviewer might have been swayed […]

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A week to appreciate teachers

Set against  months of messaging that schools are failing, (despite much evidence that New York schools fare very well against those in other states) comes five days to appreciate teachers. Here’s an interesting blog post about Teacher Appreciation Week that gives a little bit on the history and how the effort began with a little […]

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‘We’re teaching for excellence’

Sometimes you just have to toot your own horn. Especially to send up some music against the constant drumbeat of those wishing to downgrade public education.

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Teacher of Year receives another honor

Jeff Peneston, New York state’s 2011 teacher of the year and a member of the United Liverpool Faculty Association, will be recognized as one of the top educators in the nation at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala later this week in Washington, DC. Peneston, a ninth grade science teacher at Liverpool […]

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Thank a teacher

StoryCorps has undertaken a national campaign to send a message of gratitude to teachers from coast to coast. Here’s a link to their page. New York state is already orange (that should make all you  Syracuse fans happy) but there’s a lot of other Northeast and mid-Atlantic states that are not!  Anybody have a message […]

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Science: It’s what she does

It’s now seven days until NASA launches the new Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity (Yes, that means Nov. 25 when I for one will be in post-turkey and pumpkin pie coma.) Here’s a short clip about the Curiosity rover, including views of what the scientists expect Mars will look like. Remember earth science teacher Jean Pounder gets to meet […]

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