Social Science Standards

Two years ago, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) adopted amendments to the rules governing public schools as well as the Illinois School Code which included new Social Science …

Fermilab

Did you know that between 15,000 and 20,000 K-12 students participate in science education programs and tours at Fermilab every year? (March 2017) For 30 years I have lived within …

IGKnight 2017

The date had been marked on my calendar since August….November 20, 2017….Kaneland’s fall mini-conference “IGKNIGHT”! I was very excited to attend another district’s professional development day, I was anxious to …

Balanced Literacy

As a teacher, nothing made me more proud than seeing the reading progress my students made over the course of a year. I remember each fall, after the first round …

Empathy in Education

Empathy: noun; the psychological identification with or vicarious experiencing of the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of another. (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/empathy) Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the TECHCON conference. Although …

The Progress Report: Institute Days

Institute Days

I have participated in countless institute days, as a student teacher, teacher, presenter, administrator, organizer, etc.. These experiences vary, regardless of my role on these days, there were the good, …