Archive for February, 2011

ICE 2011

Friday, February 25th, 2011


If you didn’t make it to ICE 2011 in St. Charles at Pheasant Run this week, then you probably missed our presentation on Increasing STEM Knowledge Using Real-World Practitioners in Blended Communities. You also missed Greg’s birthday. You can see the recording of it, here, though!


Friday, February 25th, 2011


My good friends, Corey and Sarah, are building a fantastic website called MercuryApp. It tracks your feelings over time to help you make decisions. While you’re using it, you can pick a selection of ratings, one of which are pandas that I have drawn.


And, because Corey and Sarah are so good, you’ll never see the 404 page, but if you ever did, you’d see my illustration here.

NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop

Sunday, February 20th, 2011


I have just returned from the NCCEP/GEAR UP Capacity Building Workshop in sunny Orlando, Florida. I’ve returned with a horrible, horrible cold (happens every time I get on a plane, I swear). I’ve also returned wondering how I could get it to be more sunny in Chicago. Finally, I’ve returned with some interesting information on the GEAR UP RFP process and how things are changing at the federal level. I was super happy to see the emphasis being placed on STEM, and was thrilled to see congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) speak, as he played a huge role in making these opportunities available for our students. I plan on attending the NCCEP conference in San Francisco in July, and meeting more fellow GEAR UPers.

iMATHination 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011

This past weekend was CTC’s 5th annual iMATHination conference in lovely St. Charles, Illinois at the grand Q Center. The focused content includes algebra, geometry and integrated math/science, math/technology sessions. I love iMATHination mostly because it treats teachers the way they ought to be treated: like professionals. Aaron Cortes, the Director of UBMS, and I presented on our afterschool and summer STEA2M (Science, Teachnology, Engineering, Arts, Agriculture and Math) programs.

I’m an AEL again!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011


Awesome! Adobe has just informed me that I have been selected to serve a new two-year term as an Adobe Education Leader (AEL)! That’s another 2 great years of excellent resources and an amazing network of people interested in advancing K12 education. Yay!