As we all anticipate the joys of the summer to come, thank you for your work this year with the students you serve. This quote from Todd Whitaker expresses my thoughts well, “The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day.” Teaching is an awesome responsibility! Be sure to take the time you need to reflect, relax and rejuvenate!

Hands-on learning is a worthwhile goal - and for good reason. The specialized knowledge and skills required for 21st Century jobs - skills like communication, collaboration, research, and synthesis and analysis of information - are best developed through learning that requires similar skills. When students engage in this type of work, "Decades of research illustrate the benefits of inquiry-based and cooperative learning to help students develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in a rapidly changing world." This is what Dr. Brigid Barron and Dr.

William Butler Yeats once said that “education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” How can teachers fulfill Yeats’ desire for an education that not only brings the joy of learning to students through “wonder and discovery” but does not leave “learning up to chance?”