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Liberty is a Participatory Sport

Recently, I visited New York City with my four and six year old grandchildren. They were most excited about a visit to the Statue of Liberty. We arrived late at night and they both wondered aloud when they would be going to see the Statue of Liberty. The next day, we were at the top of the Empire State Building. They looked at the Statue of Liberty in the distance and told everyone within earshot that
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Supply, Demand, and the Nonprofit Non-Economy (Something’s gotta give.)

Supply and demand: it’s probably the one relationship any of us remember from some sort of economics or even government class we had in high school or college. The point where supply meets demand is the equilibrium; it determines price. It is the basic idea of our economy and it’s as fundamental to our daily experience as the air we breathe. It determines what most of us consume and
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Do You Know of an Inclusive School?

School leaders realize that inclusive schools engage all children and youth, resulting in higher student achievement. That leads to success post high school and beyond. We are looking for inclusive schools.We have all seen schools that are struggling to be inclusive. Places where adults and youth and students with and without disabilities all seem disconnected. Places where there are clear differences
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Where is the Outrage?

In the world of education there is a current stream of outrage concerning the cheating scandal in Atlanta Public Schools. How dare administrators allow or encourage changing students’ responses on tests? How dare teachers participate in such activities that do not accurately reflect students’ competencies? How dare a system create a culture of fear, intimidation and retaliation?How dare
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Labels Change When They Become Personal

I had an experience recently that has opened my eyes to an old perspective in unexpected ways. With the loss of Learn and Serve funding at the federal level comes the elimination of my position as the Service-Learning Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. As a result, I was informed at a recent meeting that I have been placed on “at-risk status.” While I was fully
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