This post originally appeared in The Lakeland Ledger. I was born drug-addicted. I grew up poor with a single mother. I was destined to become a high school dropout, a teen mom, or worse. But I’m not any of those things. Instead, I’m completing my first year at Valencia College in Orlando, and I have […]
I Couldn’t Find The School I Wanted For My Kids, So I Started It
Several years ago, I was introduced to classical education and immediately fell in love with it. I was so impressed with all that the students were capable of, from drawing maps from memory and reciting the names of all the presidents, to engaging in civic dialogue with one another. I began to research the model, […]
Schools Should Be Building Future Civic Leaders
February’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school was a tragedy no student should have to endure. Seventeen students lost their lives at the hands of a gunman, a fellow student, who got his hands on an AR-15. Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the surrounding community will never be the same again, and that is to […]
Choice for All Must Include Special-Needs Students
It seems like schools are always strapped for resources. They’re being asked to do more with less. The result: We get a one-size-fits-all approach to teaching that actually doesn’t fit most students at all, especially not the ones I work with. As a special education attorney, I help families, educators, and the students they represent […]
We’re Having the Gun Control Conversation, But Are Things Changing?
It’s been more than three weeks since the Valentine’s Day mass murder at Stoneman Douglas High School. For those families and fellow students who lost loved ones I can’t imagine time has much meaning right now, but the world is still turning, and something feels different about the conversations we’re having around protecting our children […]
I’m a Florida teacher in the era of school shootings. This is the terrifying reality of my classroom during a lockdown drill.
Originally posted on Chalkbeat by K.T. Katzmann on February 20, 2018 “Remember,” I tell the children, looking them in the eyes in the darkened classroom. “Remember to keep the scissors open. They’ll stab better that way.” My students, the target demographic for many a Disney Channel sitcom, laugh nervously at me as they try to […]
#MeTooK12: Teens are Speaking Out About Assault and Harassment in Schools
This post originally ran as part of The Future is Ms., an ongoing series of news reports by young feminists on MsMagazine.com/blog. Faces of Education is reposting with permission from the author. Sexual harassment and assault don’t suddenly happen in college or in the workplace. They occur because perpetrators hone these behaviors in K-12 schools, making them […]
From Brazil To A Life In Computer Science: Alex’s Story
About a year and a half ago, Alexandre Antanaitis moved from Brazil to the United States with his family. They settled in south Florida and he enrolled in South Broward High School. As his teachers describe it, it was the school’s computer science program that gave him direction in a “literal foreign land.” Not only […]
The Textbook Challenge- Is It Trending?
The ice bucket challenge had a life of its own, going viral and raising more money for ALS than the organization knew how to handle. This is not that kind of challenge. The Florida Citizen’s Alliance got a win by allowing any resident (parent or not) to challenge books used in classrooms, if they find […]
Broward Wins For More Career, Technical and Adult Ed Teachers!
Broward County Public Schools was recently named one of 5 schools to receive a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The dollars will allow BCPS to attract and retain more high school teachers in career and technical education. This aligns with Superintendent Runcie’s BESTT (Broward Education Superior Technology Teachers) program, intended to grow […]