Spotlight: Teachers Who Make a Difference

In this issue, we spotlight a teacher who made a difference in the hopes that you will write into Empower and tell us about teachers who have made a difference in your life or the lives of children that you know. We will publish these…

Spotlight: Daphne Caruana Galizia

Daphne Caruana Galizia was a Maltese investigative reporter who was murdered on October 16th, 2017. She was about to drive off in her car when a car bomb was detonated, apparently by a radio signal from an off-shore boat. Empower places the spotlight on her…

Fine and Performing Arts – Envision: Thinking in Images

Why teach the arts? This is the fourth of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted that typical reasons for taking arts – that…

Thinking about Teaching (and/or Learning)

What is the best way to teach? After so many millennia, why are we still studying it? You would think that it would all be figured out by now. There still seems to be significant confusion. We will attempt to clarify the various schools of…

Leading Discussions of Public Policy

A recent article in Phi Delta Kappan talked about how students can disagree productively and with civility in the classroom. Given an environment where adults in the United States are finding it harder and harder to even talk with each other, this seems to be a…

Making a Difference

I was talking with a Head of School recently and he told me that a mother and two children returned home after an admission event at school to find their husband and father had committed suicide. This brought to mind the fact that USA Today…

Spotlight: Coach Aaron Feis

Coach Aaron Feis died in the line of duty. He was not a policeman, on assignment in Afghanistan. He was an assistant football coach in a school in Florida. He died placing his body between the gunman and three girls in his school. The Orlando…

Fine and Performing Arts – Develop Craft

Why teach the arts? This is the third of several articles that look at the intrinsic reasons art is a critical part of how and what a student learns at school. In the first article, I noted that typical reasons for taking arts – that…

Thinking About Teaching

By Greg Graber and Simon Jeynes We all want the ideal student sitting in our classroom. Someone who has great focus, increased capacity for learning, improved observational skills, good emotional development, thinks well of themselves, continues to improve their grades and behavior, and who controls…

Mathematics and Bananas

The material in this article is derived from Dan Meyer’s e-letter, Ilona Vashchyshyn’s Twitter feed, and Vashchyshyn’s webpage. Dan Meyer notes that mathematics is all around us if we are willing to “notice” it. His interest was piqued when he looked at Ilona Vashchushyn’s Twitter…

What Should I do on Break?

What should I do on Spring Break? (Or any break!) Think of it first as a Health Break. Teaching is a stressful profession. Sir Cary Cooper, professor of organizational psychology and health at the University of Manchester’s business school and a former government adviser on…

An Unedited Letter from My Children

I want to share something two of my children wrote last year before our family moved from the USA back to Canada to be closer to my wife’s family. I have received their permission to share this. I think it is an anecdotal piece of…

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