Listening, caring, building trust, and knowing each student individually. These are among the pillars of “culturally responsive teaching.” In this piece, we take you inside a classroom at O’Keeffe Middle School to see how these strategies, and more, are helping students break through to become independent learners, prepared to succeed and defy the achievement gap.
A baby wobbles around the classroom pointing at bright blue and orange paper lanterns suspended from the ceiling. Six-year-old Brian quietly rummages through a stack of board games and books. Their mothers sit close by. Sewing machines purr. Scissors strip-strup, cleaving fabric into squares for the pot holders students will make tonight. It’s the second week of class for this group of eight students at Bayview Community Center.
Instructor Annette Bollig raises her voice just enough to be heard over laughter and conversation — a blend of personal...
On a recent Saturday morning, Sherri Swartz and her daughter were on a strawberry hunt, dreaming of shortcake. Between errands, they stocked up at the new Elver Park farmers’ market in the parking lot next to the splash park.
As the nation continues to lose wilderness area, a national project seeks to identify every state’s remotest locale. Liz Merfeld went looking for Dane County’s distant spot, but found it just a little too crowded.
Ever been stuck in a menial job, frustrated because you knew you were capable of so much more? Then you may have something in common with your Internet router — you know, that thing in the basement you have to reset when you can’t get online?
It’s a metaphor offered by Dale Willis, co-founder of Madison-based start-up Paradrop Labs, which seeks to elevate routers to a more lofty purpose — that of miniature, in-home servers.
Late nights, surprise expenses, feeling cut off from friends, managing fussy moods, being drained of energy. Also, the thrill that comes from creating something out of nothing. Such is the startup life.
“Parentpreneurs” — that is, parents juggling Mom and Dad duty with starting a business — get a double dose of day-to-day unpredictability and adventure. This year’s Forward Fest is dedicated in part to them.
Wisconsin Public Radio’s July 3 episode of Central Time on WHSF featured a story on Back to the Future, celebrating the movie’s 30th anniversary.
Movie buffs have noted that the second film in the trilogy, set in the year 2015, features flat-screen TVs, smart glasses and hover boards. But something is missing: radio.
The omission could seem unimportant, until you compare it to the first film. From the opening lines (a radio commercial) to the clock radio that welcomes Marty McFly back to 1985, radio broadcasting gets more screen ti...
One of my most recent print campaign assignments was with Springs Window Fashions. For 4 months in 2014 I supported their copywriting, editing, and proofreading needs. While there, I wrote several pieces of high-quality print collateral, including a brochure for Sorenta Soft Blinds, a product in their Graber line.
I also developed the brand voice for their Bali brand and provided copy to introduce their new Bali blog and social media channels.