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Dec 19, 2012

Improving teacher preparation

Educators throughout the nation and state are strengthening the profession by recruiting a more diverse and talented pool of candidates, improving preparation, and improving ongoing support for teaching and learning. We seek a more seamless, efficient and effective system. In this blog post I will specifically address two ways we are improving teacher preparation.

  • Teacher Preparation
Dec 11, 2012

Oversold and underused

The skinny here is: “Defined STEM is a web-based application designed to promote effective and relevant connections between 21st century learning skills and how those skills are used across all subjects and curriculum."

  • Policy
Dec 5, 2012

Out on a limb…leading in a time of reform

As I sit next to my companion on our way to a conference, I think about how far I’ve come. You see, I am the President of the one of the largest Teacher’s Association/Union local in the state, my companion is our District Superintendent, Dr. Sandra Husk, and the conference is a joint labor-management conference. We will join our school board chair and share with districts from all over the nation how we collaborate around District and Association issues big and small.

  • Policy
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


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