team opening a new high school, specifically designed as a "world class, 21st century" educational environment. After 11 years there, I founded another small high school in southwestern New Hampshire (that is now a program of the larger traditional area high school). Over the past years I've learned a lot from our teachers, students and families, as well as the community partners who've joined us in our work. (The school web site is www.mc2school.org and our learning structures are documented in a work-in-progress wiki at mc2paedia.wikispaces.org.)
I am now involved with a statewide initiative in New Hampshire developing and supporting processes for high school students to earn credit (toward graduation) through learning outside traditional classrooms. As we move into our third year with this initiative (and as the initiative is expanded through its funder, the Nellie Mae Educational Foundation, into Vermont, Maine and Rhode Island), I am continually struck by the supports that TEACHERS need to make the transition from traditional pedagogy to facilitative practice. The biggest challenge comes in the deeply ingrained beliefs about who can learn and how much, not just in how and where.
Meanwhile, our after-school partners are fantastic. They bring a developmental perspective on students (which educators tend to lose somewhere in middle school, from my experience), along with a collaborative culture that isn't common in most schools ("mother hen syndrome" in elementary, and "territorial division of instructional responsibility" in high school).
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dents especially adult learners enjoy learning new technology. Getting prepared for this 21rst Century is very important for students they want to be up to date with all the challenges that this century is bringing us. I teach Spanish, English as a Second Language, Spanish GED preparation courses both face to face and will start teaching them online as well.
I am currently running a site Generous Souls Network (GSN) which is my main social site mainly to motivate both our youth and older students that education is the best option for a better, brighter and happier future. Getting paid for what I love doing has been an unbelievable feeling.
Words alone cannot express the help that sites like this inspire in us. I truly ADMIRE all EDUCATORS because we care to prepare and enhance the lives of others.
I have also started an Online Institute to help my community with technology and language. I am honored to be among all of you who truly care about the welfare of others.
I look forward to meet many more of you. In this day and age networking seems to be the way to go to land jobs in this economy. I have helped others get into the teaching fields right from the comfort of my own home.
Online Teaching seems to be the thing of today. The bar has been raised and we need to prepare for it. I look forward to meeting more colleagues that will help me continue with my mission to empower others to choose education and help learn Spanish online.