Something interesting is happening

Posted Sunday, August 28, 2016

I think we have the most important jobs in the world.  Is that a myopic view?  Maybe, but I don't think so.  Our jobs are to get children ready for a world that does not yet exist.  That's a tall order in the best of conditions.  Take a look at the infographic below.  It's based off a quote from Tom Goodwin.  The world is changing and it's important to work toward a common vision when serving our students.  Our school district has been working diligently to align our practices with shifts in curriculum and instruction.  It will be an ongoing process but it's important for leaders across our district to work together to support each other because of the important job we have -- to get our students ready for a world that continues to change at a rapid pace.  

I read a report on last week on unemployment numbers.  For the first time in a few years middle class jobs outpaced higher and lower paying jobs.  That's a good sign.  But the report also went on to say that 5.6 million jobs are unfilled because the American workforce does not have the skilled individuals to fill those positions.  That's where education comes in.  We need to continue to evolve so our students can be part of a future economy.  I worry that education is caught in a brick and mortar world -- and as you can see from the infographic, some of the world's largest companies don't have a storefront.  We are changing, and we will continue to change.  But we have to do it together.  Our vision in East Moline for this important work: We will support all adult learners with the tools necessary to implement a rigorous curriculum that meets the needs of each and every child and provides them real world, complex learning with high expectations. 

Something interesting is happening in the world today.  It's happening in education too.  





Tags: curriculum , teaching , vision

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The promise of a new year

Posted Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tomorrow is a powerful day for our students.  The promise of a new year, new friends, and an adult that believes in them is just part of the emotions our students feel as they will walk to the playground tomorrow morning.  I love watching teachers interact with their new students, kindergarten parents taking pictures, and children catching up with their classmates.  It's definitely my favorite day of the year.  Parents entrust their most prized possessions to our school district and it is not something we take lightly.  It's a new year for all of us and I can't wait to get it started in the morning.

Below is one of my favorite songs written by one of my favorite artists.  Welcome back!

"Fall is here, hear the yell
Back to school, ring the bell
Brand new shoes, walking blues
Climb the fence, books and pens
I can tell that we are gonna be friends"

- The White Stripes

Tags: first day of school , new friends , student , teacher

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