Testing Students with a Purpose

Unit tests, spelling tests, achievement tests, final exams, state tests . . . we all have experiences and memories studying for, cramming to prepare for and taking tests. We’ve made flashcards, held study groups, drilled, practices and memorized as part of our education experience.

We’ve studied and prepared to earn higher grades, we’ve studied to earn praise and we’ve worked to avoid negative consequences. Some among us are intrinsically motivated; we simply want to work hard for the sake of learning. For others external consequences – the rewards or punishments – provide the motivation to do well. Tests have a place in schools . . . it just must be the right place. Read More

Infrequently Answered Questions

Once again, as part of the Get Connected blog, I will periodically share information and perspective on topics that seem to be prevalent in our community. My goal . . . not to give the “safe answer” but to give my direct answer to the question. I know not everyone will always agree, but I would rather simply be honest. Conversation and civil interaction are important in a diverse community such as Hilliard. Feel free to share your comments, questions and concerns with me at superintendent@hboe.org, participate in one of our Twitter Connections, or stop by a Coffee Connection.

I’m fearful our students are “over tested.” How does the district decide what tests should be taken by our students? Read More

Embracing Diversity with Civility and Communications

The Hilliard City School District is a diverse learning community – we embrace our diversity and strive to create an accepting and welcoming culture. Our diversity includes cultural and racial diversity with students from more than 40 countries speaking more than 40 languages. Our diversity includes dozens of religious background and faith-based organizations. Our diversity crosses political and ideological boarders; we bring divergent thoughts together with a single mission – to ensure every student is Ready for Tomorrow. Read More

First Day of School From a First Year Teacher’s Perspective

Well… We did it! I say we, because I could not have made this DREAM come true without everyone around me. My students walked into the classroom today and immediately put the biggest smile on my face! The anticipation of this day filled me with excitement and to be honest, I was nervous too! Read More

The Focus of Reform – Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water!

Educational reform is vogue today; education reform is good politics.

We are bombarded with media stories and reports about the demise of the American education system. State legislatures have moved to letter grades to share with communities their school performance on standardized assessments. Read More

We “Love” It

The Hilliard City School District recently hosted the Innovative Learning Environments (ILE) Conference at Hilliard Bradley High School. This annual conference, held this year in conjunction with our new teacher induction programming, is a great way to kick-off the new school year.

One of our keynote speakers this year was Steve Farber. Steve is an inspirational and respected speaker and author, but more importantly Steve’s message is in alignment with our mission and vision here in Hilliard Schools. For more on Steve, check out his webpage at www.stevefarber.com/about/. After listening to Steve I want to share with anyone that will listen that I absolutely love my job. Read More