VIVA Teacher Lesley Hagelgans to Speak at Teaching and Learning Conference with US Secretary of Education

Lesley Hagelgans, a VIVA Teacher and member of the VIVA National Task Force Idea Exchange, will speak about teacher leadership alongside US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a panel this Friday at the Teaching and Learning 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. Secretary Duncan announced the Teach to Lead initiative at last year’s conference, and


Not Junk Mail

By Justin McGehee Junk mail. It looked exactly like junk mail. Okay, it only looked like junk mail for a second, but if I hadn’t given it a second glance, it would’ve been deleted. What a change that would’ve been. The subject line said something NEA something something Accountability something…or something. Probably just another FYI

Teaching as an Art of Inspiration

By Nancy Kunsman In many of today’s school districts, teachers are handed lesson plan packets weekly. These packets include all the materials a teacher (or anyone for that matter) needs to stay on the district’s pacing calendar tract. This process means all sophomore English teachers across the district use the same materials each week, and teach the same lessons