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10 Reasons the U.S Educational System is Failing!

Your daily education news and insight for August 27, 2015. View as web page.
No other American city has experienced as much upheaval to public schooling than New Orleans has in the decade since Hurricane Katrina. A Special Project: The Re-Education of New Orleans.
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In Math Work Stations Debbie Diller presents over 70 stations for grades K-2 on beginning number concepts, addition & subtraction, place value, geometry, and measurement. You’ll see how to introduce stations through whole-group & mini-lessons. Includes 300+ full-color photos from real classrooms. Click here now to preview Chapter 1!
Minecraft Fueling Creative Ideas, Analytical Thinking in K-12 ClassroomsOne of the world’s most popular video games has made significant inroads into K-12 classrooms for teaching everything from city planning to physics. Read more. (Education Week)
Wash. State Lawmakers Face Hard Choices on K-12 FinanceTensions remain among legislators as they seek to hammer out a school funding plan amid $100,000 a day in court-ordered sanctions. Read more. (Education Week)
OPINION 10 Reasons the U.S. Education System Is Failing“Let’s examine 10 problems that prevent the U.S. education system from regaining its former pre-eminence,” writes opinion blogger Matthew Lynch. Read more. (Education Futures)
OPINION Teachers and District Leaders Should Work TogetherTeachers need not be intimidated by administrators when working on collaboration for the future, says teacher mentor Precious Crabtree. Read more. (Teacher)
Calif. Ed. Dept. Deletes History of Test Results Before Releasing New Scores
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Kentucky Board Shortens List of Commissioner Candidates to Five
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Chicago to Conduct Citywide Audit of Services for ELLs
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Mediation Between Ariz. Legislature, Schools Fails
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Custodians are often the SUPERHEROES!

Just recently, through connecting with LinkedIn…I discovered an amazing man who happens to be the Lead Custodian of a school in Vacaville,  as well as Proprietor of EPOCH Sanitation Technology. His name is Karl Van Loo.

How refreshing to see how much he loves his job and the children he comes into contact with!

Karl Van Loo
Karl Van Loo
Lead Custodian at Vacaville Unified School District and Proprietor of EPOCH Sanitation Technology
Hi Linda, again…Truly, the Children are the heartbeat of my job. The School Staff is truly amazing as well; I don’t want to downgrade them in comparison to the kids, by no means. But the children emulate that spirit of innocence, coupled with the overabundant energy that I just love to feel! They do some of the funniest things,almost daily! It is the main reason why I keep giving, and giving, to the School, they bring a smile to my heart, and face. I have never really had to be the ‘disciplinarian’ over any of the Children, they see me as a kind of Celebrity figure, kind of like a superhero, they respect me differently. It is loads of fun, and quite tiring all at the same time. I’m sure having been an Educator yourself you thoroughly understand the feeling. “I love my job!” Have a great day! KarlOn 8/23/15, 8:21 AM, Linda Marie Gilliam , Author TEACHER AND STUDENT ADVOCATE wrote:
You definitely made my week!
I was so lucky to find my passion in teaching, and I remember how much the custodians did tirelessly for all of us…especially those who taught “messy” kindergarten…OR worked in the “mess hall”..lol
You were the HEROES of the school…..and the children and staff loved you and your friendliness.
I did not get to be fortunate enough to know you….but from the way you took the time to respond…I wished I did.
Have a wonderful year!
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