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New Podcast: DP Tech!

Hey Ed Tech lovers! The DePorres Pages is launching a new tech show call DP Tech. DP Tech is dedicated to helping to use technology to facilitate teaching and learning. As a Catholic educator, there will be a special emphasis on Catholic schools, and how technology can help to facilitate instilling the Catholic mission of the school.

You can listen to this podcast just as you listen to others. You can come to the website, or subscribe to us on your favorite podcast app. If you have subscribed to our daily homilies, you are already set! Hopefully you will enjoy this new look at technology!

How an unqualified Betsy DeVos might actually set school choice back

In general, I believe a president should be able to surround himself with people that support the agenda he was elected on by the citizens who voted. It seems to me the appropriate place for disagreement and discussion about policy best occur when it is done by elected officials, where every 2, 4, 6 or 8 years voters have the opportunity to weigh in on their evaluation of their elected officials’ performance.

But on the confirmation, yesterday of Betsy DeVos, as Secretary of Education, 2, 4, 6 or 8 years of her being in this job are 2, 4, 6 or 8 years too many. It is not because I disagree with some of the policies that she might support. In general, I do wish there were mechanisms to allow students in failing schools to leave the school and choose to go somewhere else. I do wish that those for whom paying private school tuition is a significant economic burden could get some tax relief. My problems are not about policy.

My problems are about an absolutely unqualified person to be the Secretary of Education. Ms. Devos did not know even rudimentary educational terms, concepts or laws. If you are going to advise states and help them, you need to understand whether or not the type of measurement you are going to use is standards (proficiency) or by the level of improvement by each individual student (growth).

Celebrate Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is January 31 – February 6. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

From the ASCD This Week

My timing has never been the best; I first heard of teachers maintaining a “180 Blog” after I left the classroom to begin my administrative journey. But the allure of a blog where you upload one picture a day from your classroom was too strong, and thus myAdmin180 blog was born in the summer of 2013. I was so excited “to be a “blogger” that I actually started posting more than two weeks before the school year started, using negative numbers to describe the days leading up to Day 1.

Education App of the Week: WordPress

It might seem strange that the education app and the education website are the same, but there is a reason for this. First, we are considering the ability to download and install WordPress on your own server to be different than a website. But by going to wordpress.org, you can do just that. Also, there are apps to update your blog, either on wordpress.com or wordpress.org that are available for various platforms.

Education App of the Week: Stitcher

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