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Nov 28, 2012

Moved by students who continue to beat the odds

Last Wednesday, November 14th, I had the opportunity to attend Stand for Children’s Beat the Odds Scholarship Luncheon. This luncheon recognizes and awards three Oregon high school seniors with a $10,000 college scholarship. The three students who are selected each fall demonstrate a strong commitment to academic achievement and success against all odds.

  • Equity and Diversity
Nov 27, 2012

Pursuing valuable professional development

Portions of the following essay were printed in “The Oregon Science Teacher” in their pre-conference edition in September, 2010. The theme of the conference was “The Pursuit of Excellence in Science Teaching.”  Allan Bruner was the Conference Chair and Past-President of the OSTA when this essay was initially written. He currently serves this chapter affiliate of the National Science Teachers Association as the Comptroller.

Webster’s Dictionary defines “excellence” as:

  • Professional Development
Nov 21, 2012

Public education: What Oregonians are talking about

Last month as a part of the “Principal for Almost a Day” program, I had the honor of spending (almost) a day shadowing Ericka Guynes, principal of Earl Boyles Elementary School in the David Douglas School District.

  • Policy
Nov 19, 2012

The best teachers

Quality teachers are like master chess players. They see scenarios as they unfold in class, and they are capable of making quick adjustments to ensure students’ needs are met.

  • Professional Development
Nov 13, 2012

Technology brings change

Despite lots of change in the world of standards and teacher expectations, there are many classroom teachers who in the past could fit new standards into the same projects and lessons they have assigned year after year. These teachers seemed impervious to change. However, change is here for all teachers, and it is not coming from policy makers; it’s coming from technology.

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