How To Be Better at Global and Digital Citizenship

Many of us who are active in social media have, over the last few years, watched with increasing unease as the discussions online have become more and more tribal. Political conversations especially seem to find themselves happening among people who are in heated agreement with each other as they share […]

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December 8, 2016 Mike Gwaltney no responses

Collaborative Professionalism

I appreciate the writing of Educational expert Michael Fullan. He has written extensively about his view of how schools can embrace the professional practices of an oustanding learning culture, and one that closely aligns with my view of how to create a school for the future. “Collaborative Professionalism” happens when educators commit […]

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School Culture, Educating Citizens, Creating Democracy

Exactly 100 years ago, John Dewey claimed that a purpose for our schools should be the creation of citizens who share the highest values of democracy. Only education can bridge the distance between our “uncivilized” nature and the skills and habits of people who have learned to exist in a […]

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Talk to Strangers

Talking to strangers is certainly not something we encourage children to do, but importantly, talking with and understanding the “other” is essential for citizenship in a democracy. American schools generally understand that democracies need active, informed and responsible citizens who are willing and able to take responsibility for their communities […]

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November 9, 2016 Mike Gwaltney citizenship,election no responses

Educating Through an Election

Today was a hard day at work, trying to help students make sense of an election that for nearly 2 years has shown us some of the worst of American politics. An electoral campaign was in full swing in my first year as a classroom teacher (1992 election), and as a civics […]

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