Sunday, January 28, 2007

Saturday, January 27, 2007

The legislature

In my quest to be exposed to the world where my children spend most of their week days, I have volunteered in classrooms, and for the PTO. I started to learn about measurement tests, Gifted Programs, and curriculum strands. I attended school board meetings and the PTA convention. I joined parent groups and attended workshops.

Education is a system that will shape the lives of my daughters and I want to understand it.

My latest endeavor is getting to know the Education Committees of our legislature. I set out to show up at the Capitol on the day there was to be a joint session where Tom Horne would present his “State of Education 2007” speech.

The room buzzed with excitement and I was thrilled to be there. I sat in the back with my pen in hand and a copy of his speech which I planned to later share with my like minded parent friends. I admit I liked being in close proximity to this man who seems to be highly respected by the lawmakers present, for his commitment to high standards. I took notes and scribbled ideas for further research.

I like to think of my quests as puzzles, and this is one more important piece. I want to see first hand how an idea becomes a law, how discussions empower people, and how I, as a citizen and a parent, can make a difference.

Look for me at the Capitol..

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Find the picture

I think of it as developing spatial skills

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Art

Livio de Morais

The Governor's 2007 Education Plan

*Make anyone under the age of 19 with parents who make less than $60,000 per year eligible for public health care.

*Increase the high school math requirement from two years to four.

*Require every eighth-grader to learn algebra.


*Get results from the AIMS test to students and parents quicker so they can correct deficiencies.

*Raise the eligible dropout age from 16 to 18.

*Increase starting teacher pay to $33,000 a year and provide incentives to retain teachers.

*Provide more money for college student aid.

*Provide money to lure and keep better college teachers.

*Create a "college of construction" to educate the next generation of construction managers
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Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Bom dia classe

A minga classe virtual.
Vou fazer como eu gosto.
Vou mostrar os meus livros preferidos, e establecer a minha biblioteca.
Bom dia Sra. Professora.