James Madison Memorial Fellowship Scholarship

 

This Scholarship is specific for teachers in pursuit of a graduate degree that will become amazing teachers of the US Constitution. Also all applicants MUST be (or striving to be) Secondary School Teachers

They award $24,000 to an applicant from each state .

That means that you only compete against other applicants in your state of residence and one applicant from each state will be awarded a $24,000 scholarship.

This is an annual scholarship.  The deadline for 2018 is March 1st.  (And most likely will be similar each year.)

Recap:

  • $24,000 scholarship awarded to one applicant from EACH state.
  • Must be pursing a graduate degree.
  • Must be a Secondary  School Teacher (or pursuing this)
  • Must be a pursing to be a teacher of the American Constitution.
  • Application deadline is March 1st, 2018

Click here to apply.

Grants Given by Citi Towards Native American Education

Citi and Citi Foundation announced that they are giving $280,000 to grants in South Dakota, They report that some of these funds will go toward scholarships for students that attend tribal colleges as well as funding for teacher positions at reservations. The grants will be given to non profit groups in the state that provide support to Native Americans.

Click here for the full article

Also

Scholarship database for Native American Students

Five Year Old Boy Sleepwalks To School…

I guess he didn’t want to be late.

Apparently a five year old boy really likes going to school. He got up in the middle of the night and somehow made his way to school while he was still sleeping. Seems he only lives a few blocks away. Luckily he was safely returned to his parents who were woken up by a knock at their door….It appears they were still sleeping and never knew he was gone.

Click here for full abc report

Breathalyzer Tests in School??

Students at Foxboro High School in Massachusetts will soon face the possibility of taking a breathalyzer test during school and at after school events. The program is starting in hopes of detouring students from drinking.
CNN reported that students that are suspected of drinking alcohol would be subject to a breathalyzer test. Those students testing higher than .02 would be suspended for 5 days. So far it seems like the program is getting support from both parents and students.

Overall I would be supportive of a program like this. It sounds like a good idea and may work out really well. My question is simply: How does the school plan to enforce this new policy?

Sure I wish it was just as simple as seeing a student glassy eyed, slurring his/her speech, and then having that student take a breathalyzer. That would be ideal, but this is 2009 and any time students are subjected to test that some would see as intrusive, there is always the chance of someone suing the school for harassment. I hope the school is taking proper precautions by giving training and procedure instructions that assure the selection of students and administration of the test is done in a consistent, fair, and respectful manner.

Click here to watch the full CCN report

“Bronx Princess” Moving Too Fast For Her Roots

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PBS has a documentary called “Bronx Princess” About an African American teenager, “Rocky” at the end of her senior year getting ready to begin college. I thought this was going to be a bit more related to her school experience, but this was still a great portrait of a teenager in her transition from living at home and attending high school, to moving out and starting college. The film highlights struggles 1st generation American children may go through to find their identity in the US, and at the same time, hold onto their roots. The film is very touching at times, capturing the sincerity of this family’s quest to make sure they have given Rocky a strong foundation that will provide her with everything she needs to begin her transition to adulthood……and it looks like they are succeeding.

You can watch this online on PBS until 10/23/09

Obama’s Speech to Schools: How ridiculous can people get?

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I am getting very tired of hearing the ruckus and ridiculous comments about a speech President Obama will deliver Tuesday. I find my self laughing in disbelief thinking, “these people can’t be serious.”
America , land of the free, and home of the brave…not to mention home of a bunch of crazy drama loving politicians. All the ridiculous comments are meant to excite people to react rather than have them think, that is their purpose…..looks like its working.

Teachers Feeling the Pressure to Change Grades

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An article released by the associated press stated that according to a survey by the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Sun Times that one out of five high school teachers reported changing grades in the past school year. That is 20% of the teachers surveyed. The report also stated that 31% of teachers felt pressure to change grades.

Validity of the survey??

After reading the article the first thing that comes to mind is….duh, of course this happens.
And 20% of the time doesn’t seem all that unrealistic. I did see that only 18% of those surveyed responded ( that is less than 1 in 5)….so this does take away some of the validity of the survey.

Where is the pressure coming from?

In high school there is a lot riding on the grades, (college admission, class ranking, and eligibility to continue sports) No doubt there is pressure coming from different angles. The article noted that teachers reported feeling pressure from parents, school employees, and principles.

Some of the pressure coming from principles!!

My experience was in elementary education, so I never saw pressure to change grades, but I did notice that when there were problems internally a strong and supportive administration helped tremendously. It was great to know that your principle had your back…….must be tough if your principle wants you to “cook the books” …..

SO……A NOTE TO FURTURE TEACHERS: Find a school where you have a dedicated, honest, and supportive principle. They can really change the whole dynamic of a school. And yes, they are out there. Just ask around and when you find one, stick with them if you can….there is no doubt they will already have some loyal followers.

Supreme Court: School Strip Search is Unconstitutional!!

Got pills…..

This case involved a 13 yr old female at a middle school.  It was alleged that she had given two prescription strength ibuprofen to a classmate. She was taken to the vice principle’s office.  The school officials searched the student’s back pack and outer clothing, when nothing showed up, the school nurse was instructed to take the student to another room for a strip search …..  Yea… Not much common sense with these people…

No phone call allowed

She was not allowed to call her mother before or after this occurred.  It was only after she returned home in tears that her mother found out.

Nothing found

The strip search turned up nothing because obviously this girl is an honor student, and most likely either maximized her profits by selling the rest of the bottle before getting caught, or passed off what was left to a sixth grader trying to be cool….

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Seriously though….. What were these people thinking.  A 13 years old girl, and for what,  ibuprofen….Needless to say, the high court ruled 8-1 in favor of the student.

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