Protecting Diversity in Howard County

Protecting Diversity in Howard County

Howard County has many wonderful attributes that enrich life in our community. One of the greatest of these attributes is ethnic and cultural diversity. There are few places in the US where you will find such a wealth of diverse races, religions, and cultures. From an...
School Safety Part II: Long-Term Solutions

School Safety Part II: Long-Term Solutions

In my last post, I discussed the necessity for keeping Howard County Public School students safe during crises and exceptional situations—through security enhancements, emergency procedure drills, stricter check-in guidelines, and improved mental-health resources....
How to Attract and Retain Quality Teachers in HCPSS

How to Attract and Retain Quality Teachers in HCPSS

Here in Howard County, we are lucky to have many dedicated, competent teachers in our public schools. However, the education of our students should not simply be left up to luck. If programs for attracting and retaining quality teachers are going to be effective, they...
Vocational Programs in Our Schools

Vocational Programs in Our Schools

Gauging Trends and Utilizing the Strengths of Our Community In some ways, Howard County is like school districts all over the world: We constantly walk the line between the quality of our educational programs and the health of our budget. Our students need many things...
Bridging the Gap:  Special Education in Howard County Public Schools

Bridging the Gap: Special Education in Howard County Public Schools

A few months ago, I addressed the issue of inequity in Howard County Public Schools. Another inequity exists that deserves a closer look: the one experienced by our special education students. Granted, Howard County offers many superior services to these students....
How Much Homework Is Too Much?

How Much Homework Is Too Much?

Do students in Howard County Public Schools have too much homework? It’s an intriguing question. Moreover, it’s an important one, as any answer to it will also reveal what best helps student achieve success. To answer it, we have to go back and ask ourselves why we...
Keeping Kids Safe in Howard County Public Schools

Keeping Kids Safe in Howard County Public Schools

Shooting at Great Mills High School on Tuesday (March 20th, 2018) frightened all of us. It is a too-close-to-home example of the terrifying incidents that have stolen the lives of precious young people around the country. More and more parents and students are...
Inequity a Looming Problem Howard County Public Schools Need to Solve

Inequity a Looming Problem Howard County Public Schools Need to Solve

The challenge of addressing inequity in the classroom has been with us for decades, ever since the historic Brown vs. Board Supreme Court decision in 1954, which began the process of equal educational rights for all. But equality is not the same as equity. Students of...
Universal Pre-K in Howard County Raises Equity Concerns

Universal Pre-K in Howard County Raises Equity Concerns

In a previous post, I advocated for a commitment to equity in Howard County Public Schools so that all students have access to the best resources and highest quality of instruction, whether they live in affluent or less-privileged neighborhoods. Sadly, our universal...
HURRIED LUNCH SCHEDULES MEAN HURRIED, STRESSED KIDS

HURRIED LUNCH SCHEDULES MEAN HURRIED, STRESSED KIDS

What is the value of a good meal? None of us like to miss breakfast, or have a late dinner because of our hectic schedules. It’s just not healthy, physically or mentally. But what about lunch? Specifically, what about school lunch? We are extremely fortunate in Howard...
Rethinking BYOD in Howard County Public Schools

Rethinking BYOD in Howard County Public Schools

Mobile technology can enhance learning and every student deserves access. It represents educational opportunities previous generations could not have imagined, and we should continue to find the best ways to integrate its power into our classrooms. We are now almost...
SLEEP DEPRIVATION IS HURTING OUR KIDS

SLEEP DEPRIVATION IS HURTING OUR KIDS

Howard County Board of Education’s inability to find a solution just made things worse After much principled hand-wringing at the December 19, 2017 meeting, the Howard County Board of Education voted 6-1 to keep current school start times, and rescinded their motion...
SCHOOL SOLUTIONS REQUIRE LEADERSHIP, VISION, UNITY

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS REQUIRE LEADERSHIP, VISION, UNITY

Imagine this: You are six years old and it’s your first day of school. Your parents wave goodbye as you get on the bus. You are excited, thinking of all the new things in store, all the friends you’ll make. At first, everything seems great!  But then you go to your...