Category Archives: preschool education policy

Open Letter to Dr. Grover “Russ” Whitehurst on the Head Start Longitudinal Study

Dear Dr. Whitehurst, Thank you for this incisive article. I am disappointed that the effects of Head Start don’t seem to follow students into elementary school. I have been a preschool teacher for the state funded pre-k program in VA … Continue reading

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Head Start Fraud: Yes and No

I can’t say I don’t believe it. That’s the only way I can respond to this article in the Washington Post on Head Start enrollment fraud. I am a Head Start employee who fully supports the program but it is … Continue reading

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Obama’s Top Ten Pre-K Promises

As the students in my classroom watched the inauguration, my assistant cried. (Just a little bit.) It was an amazing thing to see history in the making. It affected everyone in our economically challenged urban elementary school. Yesterday, as I … Continue reading

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Creativity: Lightning or Pearl?

After returning from a week of painting in the mountains of Virginia I have been slowly re-revving my engine for the education world. While fishing for a topic for this weeks blog I found something to bridge the gap between … Continue reading

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Summer (Ed Reform) Blockbusters

In the past I have written about riding the waves of reform. I’ve discovered one of the ways to do that in this space is to respond to those big reports that seem to arrive on an almost weekly if … Continue reading

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Save Humpty Dumpty!

I am always super excited when coincidence and effective practice converge in my classroom. I found out about the Super Why podcast yesterday and then read Karissa’s post on the Pre-K Now blog. If you are a Pre-K teacher and/or … Continue reading

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What is making policy?

What is making education policy? I am begining to think that it is really a frame of mind or a way of being. As a former avant garde artist turned all too mainstream, I understand that performance art is the … Continue reading

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