Shine Your Light

These thoughts are excerpted from the keynote I presented at the CT-ACDA Fall Conference in Guildford, CT.  I have edited my remarks for this print edition for ease of reading (mostly, I took out all of the jokes that failed miserably). Shine Your Light When I found out that the conference was titled “Shine Your Light,” I instantly thought of the zillions of inspiring graduation … Continue reading Shine Your Light

Practicing What You Preach: Learning What You Teach

Summer is the perfect time for me to try out some of the nonsense I spew all year long.  Okay, not nonsense. Well thought-out, research-backed, pedagogically sound, veteran tested, best practices stuff.  But honestly, stuff that sometimes makes me feel like I’m just a carnival barker. I’m talking about the practice-what-you-preach stuff.  Things I say a million times over the course of a school year, … Continue reading Practicing What You Preach: Learning What You Teach

Today, I spent the day in a wheelchair.

Today, I spent the day in a wheelchair.  And at the end of the school day, I got up out of the chair and returned to my normal walking life. I’m lucky.  I’m grateful.  I’m ashamed. Two of my colleagues have an awesome son who is wheelchair bound and has been the beneficiary of a Magic Wheelchair, which is an epic wheelchair costume.  Because of … Continue reading Today, I spent the day in a wheelchair.

THE BEAUTY OF THE BULLET JOURNAL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ITS BEAUTY

by Doreen Fryling If you’ve ever found yourself going down the rabbit hole of images of bullet journals and thought, I can’t do that, you’re right. You can’t. Well, maybe you can, but all of those pictures of gorgeous journals has nothing to do with why the bullet journal is beautiful.  It’s beautiful because of the simplicity and flexibility of its design. I love my … Continue reading THE BEAUTY OF THE BULLET JOURNAL HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ITS BEAUTY

Understanding School Choice

By Doreen Fryling, Ed.D. School choice sounds like a great idea. In theory, parents could pick out the best school that suits their child’s learning needs and interests. Schools would compete with each other to bring the very best to their student populations so as to retain and recruit. Innovation would follow. Failing schools would disappear. Kids would be happy. Parents would be happy. Schools would be happy places. But … Continue reading Understanding School Choice

Changing the Narrative in Arts Education

Remarks read at the 2016 New York State School Superintendents’ Conference: On behalf of the Rockville Centre Schools community, the singers and I come before you as advocates for music education.  And we ask you to consider a bold change in the narrative regarding arts education.  Over the two decades of my teaching career, I have been part of many advocacy campaigns that seek to save … Continue reading Changing the Narrative in Arts Education