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Providing Hope for the Hopeless?

Lord save us all from a hope tree that has lost the faculty of putting out blossoms.  ~ Mark Twain Disclaimer: this post is observational in nature, an opportunity for the author to voice concerns.  It addresses a part of my job for which I have a passion…and few answers. Thirteen years old is too … Continue reading

Balancing Act: Empathy and Expectations

One of the most challenging aspects of teaching/working with students at-risk is balancing empathy for their given situations with an appropriate expectation level.  Many of these students lack resources at home, or in their neighborhoods, that would positively contribute to their progress in school.  This may include access to technology, parental support, home environments conducive … Continue reading

School Reform and the Achievement Gap

This morning, NPR’s Talk of the Nation hosted a discussion entitled Schools Find Achievement Gap Tough to Close.  Guests on the program were James Earl Davis, of Temple University, and Pedro Noguera of New York University.  If you have a few minutes, I would encourage you to listen to the segment, or read the transcript. … Continue reading

Challenge: Make a Connection

Last week, a student at my school was removed from class and sent to my office with a discipline referral.  He had refused to complete class work, was openly defiant to the teacher, and he had gang tagging written all over his arms/hands and in his notebook.  He was an angry young man.  This was … Continue reading

Cardboard Confessions – Obstacles to Opportunities

A teacher’s purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.  ~Author Unknown Although we have just begun the New Year, preparations for the 2010-11 school year have already started.  6th grade parent orientations, high school visits, registration meetings…this list goes on. One of … Continue reading

Jeff Delp

Junior high principal by day, sports enthusiast, technology fanatic and jedi in my own mind. Striving to be a difference maker!