All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
~Martin Luther King Jr.
Unlock the Teacher was asked to present at Birmingham Public School District’s MLK Educational Training Conference. The district invited over thirty presenters to come in an speak on various topics. The entire educational staff for the district was then able to look at all presentations being offered, and choose two to add to their professional development plan.
I was happy to come in and share Best Practices, Anti-Bullying techniques and remind educators the very important responsibility and role we play in the life of a child. As Carol Buchner once said, “They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.”
As educators, we pass on wisdom/skills by modeling the expected behavior. Of course, all the wonderful educators knew the importance of these tips. However, sometimes even the most qualified and most dedicated teachers need reminders, and these teachers were positive and a joy to collaborate with today.
“A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank…but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.”
While in a school today (St. Mary SchoolRoyal Oak, Michigan), I stopped to look at these fabulous displays of creativity. Not only was this hallway display colorful and creative, it was educational and funny!
We would love to share your classroom Best Practices with our readers. It is in this collaborative process, that we all grow as educators…as parents…as a society! Good ideas are meant to be shared. We try to share them as often as we can!
We are working on our calendar of events for next school year now. If you or your school would like to have us come in and provide one of the many workshops we offer, please let us know so we can pencil you in.
We love hearing from you and sharing your ideas too. We are creating a massive resource section on our website for educational and non-profit grants. We will be launching this information in April. If you or your school has a great Best Practice to share or is in need of information, we would love to hear from you. It is through the sharing of knowledge and positive collaboration, that we will create a better tomorrow for our children, our future!
All proceeds from the eBook for “All Around our Town” will be donated to St. Mary’s School in Royal Oak, Michigan. This school has a wonderful curriculum plan that incorporates art and reading across the curriculum.
The art teachers exhibits a passion for her craft and enjoys showcasing the many beautiful art projects created by her students. The 7th and 8th graders are so well read in this building, I enjoy stopping in to ask them what they are reading and why. I can not wait to see what wonderful ways this building will utilize our gift.
All Proceeds Dedicated to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Literacy Fund
My mother named this series of paintings, Katie’s Farm. Her birth name was Catherine and when she visited her grandparent’s farm, they would call her Katie. However, given that there is a fabulous story already in print titled Katie’s Farm, I will be modifying title. I found this to be fitting, given all the amazing adventures Katie enjoys on the farm with her cousins, friends and her favorite horse Sarah.
Thank you again for all the amazing support via email, Facebook and Twitter. We will keep you posted on details and hope that you will begin the thought process of supporting this literacy campaign, through purchase of books to enhance literacy across the curriculum for all these schools.
Reading is the foundation that supports all learning!