Heather Wolpert-Gawron

And My Job Quality is Based on These Tests?! (Updated)

And My Job Quality is Based on These Tests?! (Updated)

By on May 28, 2010

So clearly we’ve all been thinking a lot about the necessity of test scores in making high stakes decisions. I mean, test scores seem to be used in everything these days: teacher evaluations, a student’s college or career readiness, merit

Help!  Save schools from Massive Ed Tech Budget Cuts!

Help! Save schools from Massive Ed Tech Budget Cuts!

By on July 15, 2009

As a teacher concerned about the future of education, and as a blogger who has jumped whole-heartedly into an online collaborative existence as a means to help teach her students, I am astonished at the oxymoronic message coming for our

Student-Designed Schools

Student-Designed Schools

By on June 26, 2009

This year, my 8th graders all produced a multi-genre project during 4th Quarter that focused on possible careers of their choice. But I went a step further with my 8th grade Honors class. They not only had to research a

Marzano con’t & Corporate Sponsorship in Education

Marzano con’t & Corporate Sponsorship in Education

By on March 31, 2009

There’s a really interesting discussion thread going on at the Interactive Whiteboard Revolution ning.  It all began with my post recapping Robert Marzano’s position on the influence of IWB technology when he presented at the CUE conference this year.  You can

Obama’s Speech Update: As it turns out…

Obama’s Speech Update: As it turns out…

By on September 8, 2009

…nobody needed to worry about the contents of the speech, because our limited technology couldn’t stream the darn thing anyway! I just wish it hadn’t happened in front of the press. Yes, it’s true. 5 minutes before the start of

Anthony Cody, The Power of Facebook, and Letters to Obama

Anthony Cody, The Power of Facebook, and Letters to Obama

By on April 10, 2010

Well, I am in absolute awe of fellow Teacher Leader Network member and blogger, Anthony Cody. What began as a personal open letter to Obama on Facebook, has blossomed into a full-on social networking movement. Based on sheer eloquence, persistence,

Response to Washington Post: “Obama Revise NCLB Law”

Response to Washington Post: “Obama Revise NCLB Law”

By on March 16, 2010

This past weekend, as many of you know, President Obama’s new, revised-NCLB plan was released in both the New York Times and the Washington Post. My parents called after finishing up their Sunday morning ritual of newspaper-n-coffee to downshift about

Open Letter to Obama – Facebook Campaign

Open Letter to Obama – Facebook Campaign

By on November 15, 2009

My fellow Teacher Leader Network colleague, Anthony Cody, recently began a Facebook campaign which has lit a fire in teachers from around the country. Open Letters to President Obama asks teachers to write a letter to our president and Secretary

DARPA to create metacognitively aware robots

DARPA to create metacognitively aware robots

By on February 24, 2009

The Register reports that DARPA (Defense Advance Research Projects Agency) is currently researching how to create robots that are “like some self-aware computer systems capable of “meta-reasoning” and “introspection…”  Their goal is to “Provide machines with an ability to reason

Walmart presents: (insert some president’s name) Middle School

Walmart presents: (insert some president’s name) Middle School

By on March 21, 2008

Perhaps the creation of a privately funded public school is something that should be entertained.