Monthly Archives: April 2016

Elementary STEAM Expo and the Importance of Arts-Centered Learning

by Tracy Broback   Imagine my surprise when I attended every workshop I could find on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) education at the National Arts Educators Association (NAEA) meeting last Spring and found that art educators weren’t necessarily keen on the idea.   I was right in the midst of reimagining the annual…

World Language Instruction Evolving Towards a Proficiency-Oriented Model

by Christelle Hutin-Lee and Cheryl Wozniak Over the past year, the World Language department has been participating in professional development programs that have enhanced their instructional strategies and directly benefited their students.  For example, the Berkeley World Language Project provided comprehensive teacher training during our three staff development days.  In addition, some teachers attended the…

The College Admissions Process: How Do We “Turn the Tide?”

by Stefanie Manalo-LeClair Almost everyday I either overhear students say they want to volunteer for a group or organization so that it “looks good” on their college application. Other times I have students ask me directly, “What should I do to make my application look good to colleges?”  As a counselor, I am concerned that…

21st Century Teaching and Learning

by Cheryl Wozniak We are well into the 21st century, yet, in some respects, we are just beginning to understand how different of an educational experience our students need to be prepared to hold a variety of jobs, some of which have not yet been defined.  Similarly, we, educators, are learning how different our roles…