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Dawn Casey-Rowe
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Making learning better. Drinking too much coffee
Making learning better. Drinking too much coffee

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This flag has no star. That’s because the star is you. You are the person who’s hard work, toil, and love for this nation completes our flag.  That’s what I’d like to say. The truth is this flag remains unfinished because I was arguing. “Make a flag with…

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A sad, sad story from my pathetic fashion life… “May I help you?” asked the saleswoman. “Yes. Yes, you can.” I said. “I ate too much recently and gained a pants size, maybe more, and none of my clothes fit. I got new jeans but I…

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This post was first published in The Mission on Medium.  If you’re an aspiring or current educational leader, you know first-year teachers are cheap, but they don’t stay cheap for long. Hiring isn’t like buying a car — cars depreciate right off the lot,…

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Are you ready for back-to-school season? All summer I’ve been anxious to know what I’ll be teaching this year, but that curiosity has finally gone away. What I teach doesn’t matter–it’s what students do with it that does. Here’s what I love: converting a…

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Butterflies I run through a field of butterflies. Sun-kissed wings brush my arms. Delicate. Glowing. White. I must be in heaven. “They’re not butterflies. They’re moths,” she said. Pests to society. Destroying the world. Life is what you see. I…

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO GRADUATES ABOUT CAREERS: Worried about graduation, student loans, and hunting down careers in this bad economy?  Don’t be! There are tons of amazing careers out there–even if you’re terrible at your job. Not everyone has to get things…

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The guy had no legs.  Just stubs and a sign that said, “Please help.” He sat on a ripped piece of cardboard on the filthy sidewalk, breathing in diesel, staring straight ahead.  Every great once in a while someone tossed a small bill.  Most walked by. I…

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Coffee.  Couch.  Silence.  Glow of the woodstove.  “4 AM writing doesn’t get much better than this,” I think. “I am blessed.” I’m sad when the wood stove shuts down for the season.  I’m losing an old friend. “Bye,” he says.  “I’m packing up, going South…

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Customer Satisfaction Survey: Rate Your Standardized Test Proctor Here Please answer the following questions about your standardized test proctor In order to give you the best experience possible throughout your two weeks of standardized testing, we ask…

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A whole lot of schools are about to give back some serious federal dollars over a toilet or two.   It mystifies me.  Federal dollars are tough to come by.  I know this because The Big Boss always has to talk about money.  Eight million this, three hundred…
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