Taking a Look at Our Biases

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Written by: Reagan Flowers, PhD In the midst of one of the most trying years in recent decades, and with the election approaching, conflict and controversy continue to run high. One way we can examine any situation, including approaching how we serve all students adequately, begins by taking a look at our own personal biases. […]

Big Steps Backward for Early Learning

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Written by: Reagan Flowers, PhD Having passed the sixth-month of the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve now seen schools close and reopen. We’ve seen the cancellation of standardized tests. We’ve seen parents and students struggling to keep up and get the resources they need, especially the most economically disadvantaged families and minorities. Now we’re seeing something […]

2020 Will Permanently Change Education

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With the COVID-19 pandemic followed immediately by the escalation of the Black Lives Matter movement, everything has changed this year. Classrooms are operating with remote learning, and in some cases, there are students attending classes and others attending school from home. We are now re-examining how to address injustice and inequality in many facets of […]

Moving Forward Without Test Scores

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Written by: Reagan Flowers, PhD We have reached unprecedented times in education. At least 124,000 schools across 48 states have been impacted by the canceling of standardized tests, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These standardized tests have historically been purported to help measure student progress and school performance, though many doubt the effectiveness. […]

Ignite Passion for STEM with Reading

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  Written by: Dr. Reagan Flowers, PhD Though many activities associated with STEM are implemented through hands-on activity, reading is still a crucial skill for students. First, reading can help students discover which areas of science, technology, math, and engineering excite them. Second, it provides a crucial base of knowledge for engaging in these areas. […]

Fund the Future: Teacher Pay Increase

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Written by: Reagan Flowers, PhD The passing of the 2019-2020 budget by Houston ISD, the largest public school district in the state of Texas, has naturally caused quite a stir, particularly with the controversy around teacher pay raises. The unanimous vote by the Texas House and Senate in support of House Bill 3, which approved an […]