My Cup Runneth Over

As a principal at the start of the school year, I was always  excited to welcome my staff back and swop stories of our summer adventures. I would plan all summer, knowing that my team and I had created new initiatives, strategies, and structures that would have my staff working smarter not harder and my students…

Mind Your Business

Heard of mindful learning? Want to know what brain-based learning really entails? Need to see a brain-compatible classroom in action? Stroll the halls of Clyde Erwin Elementary Magnet School in Jacksonville, NC, and when you hit the fourth/fifth grade hall, enter the first classroom on your right. Welcome to Mrs. Christian’s Class!  A huge, blue vinyl…

Circle, Underline, Bubble, REPEAT!

A Reflection by our Executive Director Nakia McCall “How do they expect me to get increased proficiency and mastery if I do not teach these test taking skills?  You know  – “Circle, Underline, Bubble, REPEAT”. That is the question many educators are secretly asking themselves at this point in the academic year. This is also the…

Top 3 Things New Teachers Say They Need

Researchers continue to say that schools pump a lot of time and energy into beginning teachers through mentoring, training, and supporting them. Others indicate that such strenuous efforts on the part of school districts are monumental wastes of both time and money–as the most current data show 17% to 46% of beginning teachers abandon the profession…