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June 8, 2017

In the world of public education vocabulary – terminology and words often possess multiple definitions and/or subjective definitions hat all too often result in ambiguity and misunderstanding in conveying actions.  There are many words and terms all educators use to su...

June 4, 2017

Many Title 1 elementary schools yield chronic academic performance year after year, and if the elementary schools struggle – the feeder middle schools require an academic miracle to fix their inherited situation. With poor foundational language and arithmetic skills, t...

June 1, 2017

Do kids attending Title 1 schools have the same educational opportunities as their more affluent peers? No. Of course not. But, what are the general implications when a child lacks a strong formal education?

Let’s take a look at Michael Faraday, one of the great scienti...

May 27, 2017

An elementary school's State accountability performance ranking continues to demonstrate stagnant academic performance - school year after school year.

A principal is involuntarily moved to a different Title 1 elementary. At their former school, thei...

May 23, 2017

Beethoven was deaf. But, he was not born deaf – which is a remarkably relevant fact. It is historically estimated he went deaf in his late twenties and early thirties. So, he knew the musical sounds that instruments produced long before he lost his hearing. If Beethove...

May 20, 2017

After a night out at a local comedy venue with friends, we sat down a restaurant for a late night breakfast and conversation. Of course, the comedian’s jokes were a topic of conversation since the headliner’s reputation was of national stature. As we were relaying some...

May 18, 2017

The achievement gap…

the achievement gap…

the achievement gap…

AND, the achievement gap…

The achievement gap cliché is a seemingly never ending mantra. More importantly, ‘closing’ the achievement gap via the approaches endorsed by college professors, state agencies and sch...

May 12, 2017

During my seven year career designing multi-million dollar state and federal highway bridges in Texas, I was the lead registered professional structural engineer on more than fifty structures. Bridges appear to rise vertically to great heights and magically stand erect...

May 9, 2017

Nope. You are wrong. This is not a religious essay – at least not in the traditional sense of Heaven. 

Three decades ago, when my brother and I were civil engineering students at the University of Texas, we lived on the top floor of a two bedroom apartment on a hill. Ou...

May 4, 2017

There are many, many moving parts on an elementary campus.  A typical elementary campus houses as many as seven grade levels ranging from Prekindergarten to fifth grade with as many as seven hundred to a thousand students. Arrival and dismissal times are high activity...

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