Tag: "education"

The Benefit of Performing Arts for Children at British International School of Chicago

The Benefit of Performing Arts for Children at British International School of Chicago

October 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

Study after study has shown that exposure to music improves test scores, reading proficiency and overall academic achievement. Improving literacy, cognitive development and math skills is paramount to successful humans. The modern workplace is an ever-changing environment, as is our world. Today’s early ed and middle school curriculum are taking all sorts of new approaches, […]

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Meet NEA's New President: Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Meet NEA’s New President: Lily Eskelsen Garcia

September 30, 2014 | Comments (0)

National Education Association‘s new President, Lily Eskelsen Garcia is a jewel. Her tenure began September 1, 2014, and she hit the ground running. Very approachable, knowledgeable and open, her passion for the teachers she serves and the children impacted is inspiring. President Garcia shared that her predecessor, Dennis Van Roekel, was instrumental in her getting […]

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It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

It’s time to stop complaining about Common Core

September 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

During our recent parent orientation, our daughters’ teachers explained that they would not have math books this year. The fifth grade students would receive math worksheets as the school decided to test Eureka Math. Apparently Eureka Math doesn’t come with a textbook. Now we get to spend our evenings doing online research so we can […]

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Access and Opportunity In EVERY Neighborhood

Access and Opportunity In EVERY Neighborhood

November 3, 2012 | Comments (0)

CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett is transparent. She loves children. She knows education. She is here to make a difference. When she was a part of the negotiations during the Chicago Teacher’s Strike, she was adamant that she meant business and is working for the children. In her role as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, she […]

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

September 20, 2012 | Comments (2)

Nate is a 12 year old 7th grade Honor Student at Dodge Academy on Chicago’s West Side. His “Ma” is our very own Chicago Mom, Natasha Nicholes of House Full Of Nicholes. Today, my mom decided to “interview” me about the strike that the teachers have been on since last week. I don’t have too […]

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Our Job As Parents And Teachers

Our Job As Parents And Teachers

September 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

The following is a Chicago Public School Father’s perspective. Craig Johnson, a native Chicagoan, is a father and former Chicago Public School student.    For two weeks, Chicago’s public education landscape became a national case study on unions, politics, and education reform.  The issues were lifted from the pages of reports and spreadsheets and escaped beyond […]

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We're In A Hostage Situation

We’re In A Hostage Situation

September 12, 2012 | Comments (7)

On Sunday, I was blissfully celebrating turning the great age of 32, and while I was finishing my birthday dinner out with my husband, a hush fell over the restaurant as those out at 10 that night were greeted with a 42″ image of Karen Lewis’ face at a podium. For those of you who […]

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Not A Good Lesson

Not A Good Lesson

September 11, 2012 | Comments (49)

As a union member within my capacity as a law enforcement officer, I applaud negotiations. I am all for fair wages, healthcare and accountability in the workplace. I am all for getting a raise! What I am angry about, involving this Chicago Teacher Union Strike, is the claim that this “is for the kids“. It […]

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Will 10 More Days REALLY Help?

Will 10 More Days REALLY Help?

April 28, 2012 | Comments (2)

The new calendars for the Chicago Public School year has come out and I noticed something a little bit irritating. There will be 10 more days of school next year. *let’s allow that to sink in for a moment* Four of those days, I’m not too upset about – basically, there will be attendance on […]

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Still Thinking About the First Day of School

Still Thinking About the First Day of School

September 23, 2011 | Comments (0)

It’s hard to believe my youngest son is now on his fourth week of kindergarten today. The first day was a little bumpy as I juggled both of my children’s needs. Plus in the eyes of my kindergartener, I made the vital mistake of leaving him with his dad while I walked my oldest son […]

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Our Computer Summer

Our Computer Summer

June 25, 2011 | Comments (5)

I was casually chatting with our girls’ first grade teacher about their assessment scores.  There seemed to be a discrepancy between the three different assessment tests they take each semester, with one test lower than the others.  It wasn’t terrible, but it was different enough that I wondered why she thought it happened.  She said, […]

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When Racial Stereotypes Rear Their Ugly Heads in Kids' Books and Movies

When Racial Stereotypes Rear Their Ugly Heads in Kids’ Books and Movies

June 15, 2011 | Comments (1)

One of my favorite parts of being a parent is introducing my children to the books and movies that I loved as a kid. Now that my daughter, Zuzu, is almost 8, she is ready for some of the longer children’s books that I remember so fondly from my elementary school days. She and I just finished reading […]

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