Engaging Parents to Engage the Kids

This past March, I facilitated a day-long series of activities for parents as part of the annual GEAR UP Alliance Institute for a College-Going Culture here in Louisville, an event that draws some 800 educators, parents and students from throughout Kentucky to learn...

Teacher Visits Bridge Relationships between Home and School

Schools across the United States have opened their doors to kick off a new school year.  Teachers and administrators have engaged in professional development to revise procedures and protocols in hopes of making this next school year even better than the last. In...

The Textbook: Your New Best Friend (Part I)

Textbooks used to be the mainstay of instructional resources in the classroom.  One of the greatest struggles teachers had was asking students to read the textbook, answer the questions, and be able to remember anything they had read.  This frustration led to wide...

Why did I leave the plow in the field…

Not long ago, my father turned the ripe young age of 73. As our gift for such a milestone, my wife and I took him and my mother to one of his favorite barbeque restaurants in small-town Kentucky. It was one of those places you might see on a Guy Fieri Diners,...