Category Archives : Michigan


Being Michigan Teacher of the Year: Reflections On a Three-Year Ripple Effect in Teaching

It’s been three years since I was selected as the 2013-14 Michigan Teacher of the Year and, as a result, my work in education continues to have a ripple effect that goes well beyond the four walls of his classroom. Back in May of 2013, I was teaching physics students about how electrical circuits worked and our […]


Michigan Students to See Shorter Standardized Tests in 2016

On Thursday August 20th, the Michigan Department of Education publicized changes to its state assessments for elementary, middle, and high school students beginning in spring of 2016.  After its first year of implementing the new Michigan State Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) to students, the Office of Assessment and Accountability at the Michigan Department of Education […]


Eversight Michigan: A Vision For Making Vision a Reality

Ask the average adult how they might imagine a better world and they would likely share their vision for less violence, poverty, and injustice. A better world begins by envisioning it; however, seeing the world as a better place first requires sight. What happens then when the capacity for vision is entirely absent, and a […]


Why the Organ Donor Registry Is More Than a Sticker on Your License

Nearly 20 years ago, while sitting in my 5th grade math class, I was having trouble seeing the board. I squinted instinctively with each eye separately, and then with both together, before I finally managed to bring the writing on the board into focus. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but others […]