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About pamelamoran

Educator in Virginia, creating 21st c community learning spaces for all kinds of learners, both adults and young people. I read, garden, listen to music, and capture photo images mostly of the natural world. My posts represent a personal point of view on topics of interest.

Virginia Superintendents: In Their Words

I monitored the twitter stream on the #vass hashtag all afternoon. Today, January 13, the Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) officers met in Richmond with educational associations from across Virginia – parents, teachers, school administrators, VASCD – to create … Continue reading

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Unfiltering Leadership and Learning

A mentor once said to me that we administrators all have to watch out for our filters. He was a mentor before the topic of “the filters”, you know the ones I mean, became a different kind of headache for … Continue reading

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Three Stories: Search, Connect, Communicate

I.  The Power of Connectivity : “I am going to practice my freedom of speech today with you.” I had the opportunity to observe a high school class recently in which students participated in what’s become an ongoing Skype discussion … Continue reading

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What’s Our Responsibility?

 Here’s one conclusion of many I’ve come to adopt about how the traditions of school fail both teachers and learners: Access to contemporary learning tools is as important as extraordinary teaching for learners to be successful. Expecting a learner, and … Continue reading

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Walking the Art Show Wallpaper: Musings in 3 Parts

Part I: Art, Making, and Designing as Access Points for Learning After visiting our fabulous, district-wide student art exhibition with me, Ira Socol (@irasocol) wondered where students’ work with print, design, font, and typography might fit into such a show? … Continue reading

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Avoiding Back to the Future and Groundhog Day: Traditions of Reform

Last night I tweeted this to @johnsonmaryj “Statue of Liberty schools are America” in response to her own tweet of a #6wordessay  “Public schools welcome all, teach all.” Larry Ferlazzo, @larryferlazzo picked up that educators on Twitter were generating their … Continue reading

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Access to the J-Curve : A Universal Concept of Learning

I have to admit that two years ago, I didn’t, in general, use the terms access, accessible, or accessibility as a frame for beliefs about learning. Of course, as with most educators, I’ve been quick to embed phrases such as … Continue reading

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Faces of Poverty: In the Schools of the Most Charitable Nation on Earth

Before the winter break, a principal friend commented that winter holidays are a middle class privilege. She’s right. Despite our status as the most charitable nation on earth, our families are the most impoverished, by percentage ranking, of all the … Continue reading

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