Author: Gary Abud, Jr.

Amidst all the challenges facing education today, teachers want you to know that they still #LoveTeaching

Amidst all the challenges facing education today, teachers want you to know that they still #LoveTeaching

Pushing back against some of the narratives about job dissatisfaction and teachers quitting the profession, educators around the country are sharing their love of teaching through a social media campaign known as #LoveTeaching and you’re invited to join in with them. By Gary Abud, Jr. Teaching is a noble profession and arguably the one that gives rise to all others. A great […]



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The one reform education in Michigan needs (and it has NOTHING to do with money)

The one reform education in Michigan needs (and it has NOTHING to do with money)

As Gary notes below, this post will be his last at Eclectablog. It’s been a joy to have him writing for the site and sharing his wisdom and insight into the world of an educator who is on the cutting edge of science-based education models and who understands both the benefits and perils of the use of technology in the […]



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Three ways teachers are connecting with other teachers in Michigan and beyond

Three ways teachers are connecting with other teachers in Michigan and beyond

As technology has evolved to the level of mobile computing and web-based apps, the popularity of educational technology has soared. Demands for workshops on apps, interactive whiteboards, and mobile devices has never been greater; however, the classic model of professional development for teachers has not been able to keep up. Sending teachers to a specific place at a specific time to learn in […]



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How will 1-to-1 computing classrooms impact Michigan schools?

How will 1-to-1 computing classrooms impact Michigan schools?

Across the nation, many classrooms, schools, and districts are going 1:1. Though a 1:1 program might look different from place to place, they all have at least one thing in common: every student gets their own computing device. In some cases, students receive a laptop computer while others get tablets. Regardless of the device issued to students, 1:1 programs are […]



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4 Awesome Educators Are Finalists For 2014 National Teacher of the Year

4 Awesome Educators Are Finalists For 2014 National Teacher of the Year

As the 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year, it has been an awesome opportunity thus far to serve the state of Michigan, my school and district, and all the educators and students around the state. I have had the opportunity to travel around the state to visit schools, learn together with other educators, and meet with policymakers to support student […]



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Educators help legislators understand that evaluation systems must help teachers improve, not just punish them

Educators help legislators understand that evaluation systems must help teachers improve, not just punish them

Educators provide insight on teacher evaluation to members of the Michigan House Education Committee Gary Abud, Jr. is the 2013-14 Michigan Teacher of the Year Teacher evaluation is a topic that has received a lot of attention in 2013. Earlier this year, the Michigan Council for Educator Effectiveness (MCEE) offered their recommendations and findings in a commissioned project on teacher […]



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Why teacher retention should be a top priority for schools and how to achieve it

Why teacher retention should be a top priority for schools and how to achieve it

Major issues facing public education range from the policy level to classroom practice. Achievement disparities, graduation rates, poverty, standardized education reform, changes in public school funding, online education, teacher evaluations, equal access to quality schools, teacher quality and retention all impact the profession. Of these issues, teacher retention most impacts public education, because teachers are the greatest in-school influence on […]



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Michigan schools need sophisticated accountability measures for teacher performance and compensation

Michigan schools need sophisticated accountability measures for teacher performance and compensation

There has been a growing demand over the past decade for accountability in public education. Policy makers, students, families, and taxpayers all want teachers to be “held accountable.” Conventional accountability in teaching is based on student achievement on standardized tests and graduation rates. A current bill, HB 4625, is being considered in the Michigan House of Representatives and proposes that […]



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An Important Message For Michigan Educators

An Important Message For Michigan Educators

Michigan teachers are among the finest in the nation, but the media attention given to public education recently has been far from flattering. The public does not view our teachers in a positive light. From Proposal 2 last fall to failing school districts and emergency managers, it is easy for people to believe that teachers are not living up to […]



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