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August 3, 2013

The Who, What, Why and How

First, let me say thanks for taking the time to read my blog. This is my first foray into the world of writing blogs but I have almost 20 years of experience with the topic of education.

For this first entry, I will give you information about my background, the goals of this blog, and how you can help contribute.

About Me:

I've had a variety of jobs including a classroom teacher, data specialist, assistant elementary principal (as a teacher on special assignment) and coordinator of a high school college prep program. I completed National Board Certification in Social Studies/History, a bachelors degree in history and education and a masters degree in curriculum and instruction. I am a licensed 5-12 social studies teacher and P-121 building administrator.

I worked with beginning teacher programs, was a state certified mentor trainer and for several years trained experienced teachers to be mentors to beginning teachers. I also spent some time as a portfolio evaluator for beginning teacher certification.

As far as the national level is concerned, I served as a grant evaluator for the US Department of Education and I have written two successful federal grants. I have presented on a variety of topics at national education conferences as well. Recently, I became a site visitor for NCATE/CAEP, the accreditation body for university/college teacher education programs in the United States. This year only 30 P-12 educators in the nation were selected to serve as site visitors.

I am also the Indiana coordinator for the Gilder Lehrman History Teacher of the Year award and have completed school safety specialist training. I have other random experiences as well that will come out as this blog progresses.

Goals:

  1. Provide valuable, relevant information on the matter of public education.

  2. Give the reader some insight on education from an educator perspective.

  3. Help answer questions readers may have about education related issues.

Education is a tough topic because almost everyone has some experience with schooling at some point in life. It is my desire to explain things from the view of a professional educator. So often the educators voice gets drowned out by people and businesses with a political agenda rather than a student focused agenda. Teachers don't hire PR firms and talk in sound bites which is often how education policy is formed.

Can we improve education? Of course! This is not going to be about how great and wonderful everything is in education rather it is to give people knowledge to make their own decisions about education. I don't agree with every teacher but I will try and explain their point of view. As F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

How you can contribute:

Do you have a question about education? Why are certain things done a certain way? Do you hear or read about a particular education topic and are not really sure what it means? Let me know and I will try and answer your questions. This blog requires audience participation.



My twitter account is my personal account so you might have to endure some Colts tweets.... sorry Bears fans.

The opinions above belong to Shelly Wilfong and are not the opinions of any school corporation.

1P-12 refers to pre-school through grade 12. This is used in the same way that K-12 is used but it includes pre-school. Similarly, P-16 refers to pre-school through undergraduate college degree.

 

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