Charter Schools

Charter schools are alternative public schools that are tuition-free and open to students outside their local districts.  According to the National Alliance for  Public Charter Schools, “The charter school model empowers teachers to provide innovative, high-quality...

Vocabulary Study: The Imaging Method

My  previous blog stressed  the importance of vocabulary acquisition and called for a return of intentional vocabulary study.  One of the key indicators of students’ success in school, on standardized tests, and indeed, in life, is their vocabulary.  The focus...

How Important is Vocabulary Study?

Vocabulary is an integral part of literacy.  A good vocabulary promotes comprehension and communication. Vocabulary size predicts comprehension. According to W.B Elley, Emeritus professor of Education, Vocabulary is the best single indicator of intellectual ability...

College Board Changes SAT AGAIN!

The College Board, makers of the SAT, recently announced significant changes effective in the spring: The optional essay will disappear, and Subject Tests will no longer be offered. These changes are the latest in a series of alterations in the test that have occurred...

Student engagement in the Time of Corona

Keeping students interested and curious when they are learning is a challenging task under “normal” in-person class situations. So engaging them when they participate in a virtual classroom can be daunting. When students are present, providing opportunities for...

Opportunity from Adversity-2.0

                                        The pandemic has had a devastating effect on American students and the entire education system. In a previous blog in the spring, I discussed that this devastating turn of events with the virus could be viewed as a possibility...