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Caldwell Freshman Academy Teacher Wins NWPE Grant
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 07, 2011, 01:02 pm   

Ms. Betty Riley, a 9TH grade English teacher at Caldwell Freshman Academy, was awarded a classroom grant for $500 from Northwest Professional Educators (NWPE), the state’s only non-union professional teacher association, at a recent staff meeting.  The grant will fund a multimedia projector to enhance student achievement through incorporation of all three learning modalities.  The award was presented by Kim Hunter for NWPE.

Charter School Unionization in Massachusetts
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 07, 2011, 12:20 pm   

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been in the news recently over the attempted unionization of a small charter school on Cape Cod. Lighthouse Charter School was once the pride of the area; unfortunately due to some growing pains and administrator turnover the school was at a crossroads that made it vulnerable to a "card-check" unionizing effort. Some teachers are questioning the legality of unionization without an election. Regardless of the outcome at Lighthouse, any attempt to unionize a successful charter school initiates a necessary conversation about what unionization could mean to the overall charter environment in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
“Double-Dipping” Under Fire
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 07, 2011, 11:33 am   

With states across the country facing budget shortfalls and underfunded pensions, the concept of "double-dipping," or collecting both a state pension and salary has come under fire from various states seeking to rein in spending. From California to New York, many employees have been accused of unethically boosting their incomes by also taking a state pension, pushing certain state legislators to back state pension reform legislation.
Spelling Bees in Today’s World?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 03, 2011, 05:43 pm   


Last night, an eighth-grader from Pennsylvania, 14-year-old Sukanya Roy, was crowned the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion after an unprecedented night of drama. In the final moments, just five competitors were left, and it appeared none of them would ever miss as they went on an unprecedented 21-word streak. Miss Roy ultimately took it home, winning in the 20th round after correctly spelling "cymotrichous," a word for "having wavy hair." While the competition is often exciting and provides scholarships for children, many in the blogosphere have questioned the merit of such a contest in today's technology-driven world.
Differentiation Daily
posted by: Cindy Omlin | June 03, 2011, 05:35 pm was brought to my attention last week by its creator, Paula Kluth, and her team. It's a potpourri of posts that provide quick descriptions of websites that teachers can add to their arsenal of teaching tools and strategies.
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