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Last week, I spent four days in San Antonio shooting the annual Association for Career and Technical Education Conference. At the end, I produced a 3-minute slideshow that was presented at the final general session and then updated it to provide an overview of the conference.
The conference featured a keynote speech by Jenna Bush Hager on Nov. 29, the day before her grandfather, former President George H.W. Bush, passed away at the age of 94.
To see individual photos from the conference, go to my Meetings & Conferences page.
You also can check out the video below.
Last year, I wrote a freelance story on how schools on the Texas Gulf Coast were recovering following Hurricane Harvey. The same week, 12 months later, I returned to Galveston County to report on another disaster: the shooting at Santa Fe High School that left 10 people dead and 13 injured.
How the district is dealing with the aftermath of two large-scale traumatic events in a single school year is the focus of “After It All Falls Apart,” published in this month’s American School Board Journal. It is available to read in PDF form here and is also on the National School Boards Association website in text form here.
Tennessee's Maury County Schools, located about 50 miles from Nashville, has embarked on an ambitious K-12 STEAM initiative in one of its communities. My story (with photos) about the resurrection of Mount Pleasant is the lead story in this issue of the Association of Career and Technical Education's magazine, Techniques. Read more about it here.
Two new freelance articles and several of my photographs appear in the current issue of three national magazines. All have been uploaded to the website and are now available for viewing.
• Several photos from last fall’s trip to Zurich, Switzerland appear in the Association for Career and Technical Education's March 2017 issue of its flagship magazine, Techniques. The trip focused on how Colorado schools are adopting facets of the Swiss apprenticeship model, which ACTE delves into with a feature and Q&A with the Swiss ambassador to the United States.
• Simple Logic, which is in the current issue of American School Board Journal, is a technology column that focuses on the need for more computer science and coding classes in K-12 schools. Today, only 24 states allow students to count computer science classes as part of their high school science credits. While more than a half million computing jobs are unfilled in the U.S., just 42,969 computer science students graduated into the workforce in 2015-16.
• LMJ Scholarship — Atticus Lee: The sixth in a series of stories about recipients of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s LMJ Scholarship appears in the current issue of Diversity & The Bar.
For more stories and features I've written over the past year, go to http://glenncook.virb.com/freelance.
The American Association of School Administrators celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2015. For its February conference edition, I was hired to write six major stories on the organization’s history. The project took more than two months and involved more than 25 interviews as well as background research.
You can read the digital edition of the magazine in its entirety by clicking here. PDFs of the individual stories can be accessed by clicking the links below.
AASA’s Origins: A look at the organization’s beginning, which dates back to four months after President Lincoln was assassinated, as well as major developments throughout its 150-year history.
Governance and Policymaking: How AASA’s governance structure has evolved over its history, plus major policy stances taken by the organization to help children be ready and prepared for school.
Conferences and Networking: Professional development is one of the hallmarks of any membership association. This story takes a look at how AASA’s training for its members has evolved over time, from large conventions to working with specific niches of school leaders.
Federal Advocacy: Known on Capitol Hill as a feisty, respected advocate for its members and the school children they serve, AASA has taken a number of controversial stands over its history to help improve public education.
Faces of Leadership: The superintendency has long been a profession dominated by white males, but the number of women leading school districts has grown steadily over the past three decades. Still, the lack of African-American and Latino leadership in what is now a minority-majority school system nationally is troubling.
Publications and Communications: Visible member services, such as publications, are critical to any association. Today, however, AASA’s communications efforts go far beyond the materials that land in a member’s home mailbox.
Another recent freelance story I wrote, focusing on the challenges of online assessments in schools, is featured in a recent issue of American School Board Journal.
At least 33 states offer some form of online assessments, and that number is only expected to grow in future years. In “Testing Online,” I looked at the hiccups districts have faced in implementing online testing as they have worked to improve their technology infrastructure and broadband access.
You can read it here: http://glenncook.virb.com/freelance.