Searching for Pearls

Posted on: Tue, 10/27/2020 - 14:00
A speck of sand inside an oyster’s shell is an irritant, so the oyster coats the speck over and over until it is round and smooth. The round smooth object is now a gem—a pearl. All of us can point to things that have irritated us during the pandemic. Recently, I recognized that one of the things that had originally irritated me as the pandemic began was now something I value. I dubbed it a "pearl of the pandemic."

The Importance of Self-Care

Posted on: Tue, 10/20/2020 - 09:00
Teachers, parents, administrators, and any adult supporting our students recognizes the impact of the pandemic on the social-emotional wellbeing of our students. However, it is vital that the adults focus on their own social-emotional wellbeing, too.

Innovation During a Crisis

Posted on: Tue, 10/06/2020 - 09:00
Historically, innovation often occurs out of necessity during a crisis. In FCPS, we have been encouraging staff to innovate as a way to break from the status quo of a century-old school model. During a recent visit to Waverley Elementary, I was inspired to see “learning families” and hear about a team who did not allow the pandemic to deter them from the innovative approach they had planned. Thanks to Waverley Elementary Principal Dr. Allie Watkins for sharing their story as my guest blogger!

An Iconic Leader

Posted on: Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:00
The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has touched the hearts of many Americans. Her inspirational words will continue to offer wisdom for generations to come.

Touching the Heart of Every Student, Guest blog with Urbana Middle music teacher and FCPS Teacher of the Year Finalist Tom Mitchell

Posted on: Tue, 08/25/2020 - 16:00
Today’s guest blogger Tom Mitchell shares his thoughts about Touching the Heart of Every Student. FCPS Teacher of the Year Finalist, Mr. Mitchell teaches music at Urbana Middle School.
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