NBEA Conference in Chicago

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend my first NBEA (National Business Education Association) conference. This year’s conference was held in downtown Chicago at the Marriott on the Magnificent Mile. What a great chance to connect with other business educators and learn! Although I was only able to stay for 2 days, I took …

Annual MBEA Conference

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to present at the annual Massachusetts Business Educators Association conference. I presented a double session on STEM and business integration by setting up a STEM playground! Teachers were able to test out my STEM tools and to learn how I integrate these important materials and skills into my business …

Girls STEM Summit Statewide

Yesterday, I spent the day at Regis College with 10 superstars from my school attending the Girls STEM Summit Statewide. For several years, Junior Tech has run this amazing event to give female students the chance to experience a day of hands-on learning through a variety of STEM workshops, networking opportunities, and a fabulous keynote …

Junior Achievement STEM Symposium

This week, a colleague and I took twenty-five students to the Junior Achievement STEM Symposium hosted at Autodesk and MassChallenge in Boston. It was a fabulous event sponsored by both SAP and PWC to give students a glimpse into STEM fields focused on 3D careers. Students rotated through six different hands-on workshops centered around 3D …

#BestSchoolDay and My 2017 Donation Goal

Today is one of the best days of the year for teachers – it’s #BestSchoolDay on Donorschoose.org!┬áIt’s a day when all donations are matched for classroom projects, making a huge impact on students. If you’re not familiar with Donorschoose.org, take a look at some of my previous posts (here, here, and here). I’m a big …

Happy vacation!

Happy vacation, everyone! I hope you have a great week of relaxation and no alarm clocks!

Girls STEM Summit – Apply now!!

For the third year in a row, Mansfield High School will be sending a team of 10 female students to the Girls Statewide STEM Summit! Students will participate in full day of hands-on workshops exploring all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. The event takes place on April 2 (Sunday) at Regis College …

A semester of great accomplishments!

This is the weekend of transition for teachers who have semester-long courses. I said goodbye to my first semester students on Friday and will say hello to all new students on Monday. It was a great fall semester despite the hiccups from a new school schedule, teaching a brand new course, and the implementation of …

Help save the Instructional Technology Specialist license!

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be proposing to eliminate the Instructional Technology Specialist teacher license currently issued under 603 CMR 7.00. The proposal is to replace it with a license that combines computer science with instructional technology. This is very concerning for our schools. Instructional Technologists are an integral part of …

I support DonorsChoose.org, too!

As the tax documents for 2016 begin to roll in, I was pleased to see some graphs from DonorsChoose.org. The site categorizes your donations by several demographics. I am an avid user of DonorsChoose.org for my students, but I’m also a big supporter of my fellow teachers. Here are how my donations stacked up for …

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