Archive for August, 2014

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

I can not believe the first week of school has come and gone! I came across this article and I think it will be of interest to many of you as well. The title alone should grab your attention. I am not going to say another word, but you will find this article at So […]

Beyond Subprime Learning: Accelerating Progress in Early Education

A policy brief related to the improvement of early childhood education was recently published by The New America Foundation. The report provides eight recommendations for reaching the goal of providing high-quality early childhood education that is aligned from birth through third grade. Each recommendation includes steps that can be taken by the various stakeholders who would […]

Welcome….to your best year!

Can you believe it is August and time for school to start?!  This time of year always excites me.  I am one of those people who still gets giddy about buying new school supplies, and I don’t even have a classroom anymore.  This year, I am more excited than I have been in a while.  […]

5 Must Dos for the New School Year

Whether a new teacher or a more experienced one, each wants to have a great 2014-15 school year.  Here are 5 “must dos” to ensure your year begins well. 1)  Make connections with your students  In the first few weeks of school, you’re sure to have a lengthy to-do list. Try to remember to spend […]

IQ=Success: NOT!

 I was surfing the blogs I typically read this morning and noticed this one.  It stood out to me since I, too, was reading David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell.  The following blog article by Daniel Goleman captures the heart for this book and presents a valuable perspective to educators as we start another new school year; […]

Here Come the CoPs!

 No, no, not that kind of Cop but Communities of Practice (CoPs).  Today’s smart educator needs to become better connected to resources, tools, learning activities, and peers—both inside and outside school. The growth of online communities of practice—often a chief component in professional learning communities—reflects a continued commitment to working collaboratively with your peers toward […]

Outstanding Region 10 Educators

Congratulations to the Teachers of the Year, School Board of the Year and Superintendent of the Year for the Region 10 Education Service Center area of North Texas. Read about the award recipients here. Plano ISD Board of Trustees Named Outstanding Board – 08/01/2014 Region 10 Teachers of the Year Announced – 08/01/2014 2014 Superintendent […]

Clarifying the Rights of Undocumented Students

Recently, our news has been saturated with stories of unaccompanied youth entering the United States. In response, the Texas Homeless Education Office (THEO), the contractor for Region 10’s management of the McKinney-Vento state project,  sent an email  to districts clarifying the state’s current position with regard to serving these students. The email stated: Under Supreme […]