WestEd and the Common Core

Manuel Chavez Uncategorized

In speaking with my colleagues about the Common Core, one of the main concerns is finding lesson examples of the Common Core Standards. However, on April 18 through the 19th I attended a quarterly WestEd board meeting and Dr. Aida

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The Sound of Silence

Manuel Chavez Uncategorized

And in the naked light I saw ten thousand people, maybe more People talking without speaking People hearing without listening People writing songs that voices never share And no one dared Disturb the sound of silence. These lyrics are part

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Birthday Wishes

Manuel Chavez Uncategorized

A couple of weeks ago, I was celebrating my birthday with my wife and son–Dora and Manuel. As we finished dinner and lit the candles on my birthday cake, both Dora and Manuel said, “Make a Wish” before blowing out

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Green 360

Manuel Chavez Uncategorized

January’s WestEd board meeting centered on “Learning and Teaching in a Networked World.” During the board meeting we had the opportunity to attend two breakout sessions. I chose to attend a presentation by Laurie Maak, Senior Research Associate, Web-Based Communications.

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Kids’ Closet

Manuel Chavez Uncategorized

 Have you ever looked in your closet and said, "I don't have a thing to wear." Everyday thousands of students across Arizona look inside their closets and they "do not have a thing to wear." However, thanks to SaddleBrooke Community

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Good Night

Manuel Chavez Uncategorized

  In an age where everyone is looking for a quick fix, individuals forget that many times problems can be solved by focusing on simple solutions. I always compare education issues to my past experiences as a heavy equipment mechanic.

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Soft Skills

Manuel Chavez Uncategorized

  As a colleague and I were discussing the Common Core standards, I read the Mission Statement again, and I kept coming back to this sentence in the statement: “The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the

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