Want to Improve Learning? Just Ask. By Mary-Dean Barringer, CEO, All Kinds of Minds

Kim CarterUncategorized

It’s hard to resist the temptation to make a few New Year’s resolutions each year—resolutions that typically focus on something we want to change to improve ourselves. We look to people we admire for their success (whatever that might mean to us—popularity, wealth, fitness, power, balance) for our inspiration. Rarely do we contemplate that a role model’s current success may … Read More

Misunderstood Minds, Disappearing Faces: Addressing the Drop-Out Epidemic by Focusing on Learning by Mary-Dean Barringer, CEO, All Kinds of Minds

Kim CarterTeachers, Uncategorized

In schools across the United States, students are lining up for the annual ritual of having their school portraits made. Despite the new technology used by the photographers –and the constantly changing fashions and hairstyles that class photos reflect–the tradition of memorializing each school year in photos has not changed over time. Elementary school students will be bringing home their … Read More

You CAN help keep All Kinds of Minds in NC’s Budget!

Kim CarterUncategorized

States across the country are facing tough decisions about education expenditures in the face of declining revenues and increasing budget shortfalls, North Carolina is no exception. On Tuesday, N.C. Governor Bev Perdue announced that tax revenues collected on April 15 were $1 billion short of what is needed to get North Carolina through the current fiscal year, which ends June … Read More

Math Word Problems: Take Away the Anxiety

Kim CarterUncategorized

A flower garden in the park has a total of 80 daisies. 30% of the daisies are red, ¼ are yellow, 2/5 are purple and 5% are pink. How many of each color flower are in the garden? Do you find yourself immediately calculating 30% of 80? Did you start to draw a picture of daisies in a garden? Or … Read More

No Mind Left Behind: How Taft Middle School Is Transforming Its Approach for Struggling Learners

Kim CarterUncategorized

By Heather Sparks, 2009 Oklahoma Teacher of the Year Note: A National Board Certified Teacher, Heather Sparks teaches math at Taft Middle School in inner-city Oklahoma City. The school serves some 850 students in grades 6 through 8, more than 90% of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch programs. This is a story of hope. Three years ago, … Read More

A Number Two Pencil and a Three-Point Shot

Kim CarterUncategorized

Mary-Dean Barringer, CEO, All Kinds of Minds March has come to be associated with “madness,” particularly for NCAA basketball fans. We cheer for our favorite college team during the tournament, but we are enthralled by the unexpected Cinderella story. We love the team – previously overlooked or counted out – that surprises us all with stunning performances. In recent years, … Read More

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Kim CarterUncategorized

By Katie O’Neal As part of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which President Obama signed just last week, education stands to receive almost $115 billion.  This amount, which is staggering at nearly twice the amount spent on education in fiscal year 2009, reaffirms the administration’s campaign promises of a dedication to education funding. As the money is … Read More

National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality’s TQ Connection

Kim CarterUncategorized

by Katie O’Neal Join the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality’s TQ Connection January 19 – 23, 2009 as Jean Schumaker, PhD, former Associate Director of the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning, leads a week-long discussion on RtI:  Learning Strategies. We encourage you all to log on to www.tqsource.org/forum to discuss the knowledge and skills teachers must … Read More

Election 2008 Roundup

Kim CarterUncategorized

by Katie O’Neal The commercials are now off the air, the yard signs are in the garbage and President-elect Obama prepares to take the oath of office on January 20, 2009.  While the economy and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will likely delay any significant changes in educational policy in the immediate short-term, many electoral changes will take place within … Read More