School Beat, June 10, 2010

This is not my father’s classroom teacher by DAN WARREN Principal, East Rockford Middle School Certainly, many baby boomers can remember the days at school when you could convince that certain teacher to spend nearly an entire class period talking about any topic of interest other than the subject matter. Go ahead and admit it—you […]

Education Blackboard — June 3, 2010

Rockford art students participate in ‘Children Make Art For Children’ by MIKE WESTGATE Assistant Principal East Rockford Middle School “Children have a very, very uninhibited point of view,” said Linda LaFontsee, who, along with the LaFontsee Galleries staff, will provide and frame all artwork for the $286 million 14-story Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital slated to […]

Education Blackboard — May 13, 2010

School Beat A Mother’s Day Dedication by DOUG HOOGERLAND, Principal Crestwood Elementary School There are some pretty demanding careers out there these days, and some of them pay big bucks. They require years of education and special licenses. When we think of some of the most specialized or top-paying jobs, we might consider a CEO […]

Education Blackboard — May 6, 2010

School Beat First impressions… with anxiety or confidence! by LISSA WEIDENFELLER, Principal North Rockford Middle School Did you know that it only takes 30 seconds to make a first impression? Once a bad first impression is formed, it takes approximately 20 additional encounters to change that opinion. With so much on the line, being anxious […]

Education Blackboard — April 8, 2010

Measure success based on students’ performance by MAGGIE THELEN Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary School Director of Gifted and Talented Director of Instructional Technology No Child Left Behind, EdYes, MEAP tests, ACT tests, SAT tests, PLAN tests, Response to Intervention, EXPLORE tests, IDEA 2004… educators live in a world of standards and assessments. We need to look […]