Sunday, May 24, 2015

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (May 24, 2015)

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Don't Miss The BEF Road Race on Sunday, May 31

 On Sunday, May 31, 2015 the Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) is holding their 11th Annual “Exercise for Education” 5K Road Race and ½ Mile Family Fun Run at Burlington High School .  Check-in for the event begins at 8:00am with the Family Fun Run beginning at 9:00am, followed by the start of the 5k which begins promptly at 9:30am.

Please visit BEF's website for more information on the activities as well as online registration. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a free t-shirt. NEW This Year - Chip Timing! - with instant results. 

Run, Walk, Volunteer or join us as a spectator! Don’t miss out on this great community event or the chance to win a Grand Prize Raffle!!

BEF's Mission is to channel donations from businesses and individuals to provide Burlington educators with an additional source of funding for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.  Help us make a difference in the Burlington Public Schools!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Burlington Public Schools Co-Hosting EdSurge - Learn Launch Tech For Schools Summit June 12 and 13

Burlington Public Schools is happy to join Boston, Revere, Natick, and Cambridge as one of the hosts of the first EdSurge-Learn Launch Tech For Schools Summit in June. We are looking forward to connecting with educators from around the region at this FREE event. Please check out the details below and share the information with other educators and educational leaders! You can register for the conference at
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (May 17, 2015)

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Monday, May 11, 2015

As We Await His Suspension, Thoughts On The Vilification of Tom Brady

New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08...
New England Patriots at Washington Redskins 08/28/09 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Have I mentioned that I was a sportswriter before I was a teacher? While I am very happy to have changed paths,  I have an urge to share some #deflategate thoughts.   I guess I'll file it in the area of local history...

We learn a lot about a person when they are under fire so it has been interesting to see how Tom Brady has handled himself during this time where his reputation is being called into question. I believe his silence since the Wells Report went public is the only response that makes sense. There is nothing he could say that would sway his critics or his supporters.

My opinion is that this has little to do with Tom Brady and more to do with the NFL and the public perception of the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell. Both Goodell and the NFL have been lambasted for the handling of the Ray Rice domestic abuse situation and other domestic issues since. There were even those who thought the handling of the situation would cost the Commissioner his job.

There is nothing that would earn Commissioner Goodell a bigger PR boost in every NFL city outside of New England than a harsh penalty for Tom Brady and the Patriots.  In a day and age where nothing is more important than the court of public opinion,  Patriots fans should brace themselves for the worst.

The excerpts below From ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss outline exactly why the only possible motive that makes sense for the NFL is that they are in search of a much-needed PR Boost:
"I truly can't believe what the commissioner has done to the legacy and reputation of one of the greatest quarterbacks and ambassadors in the history of the game -- all over air pressure in a football and without definitive proof he had anything to do with it."
Other similar situations regarding the handling of footballs by other NFL teams from Reiss:

The conclusion from Reiss is exactly where I am at:
"Put the three situations together and only one requires a full-fledged investigation that will cost owners millions of dollars? In the interest of fairness, what am I missing?" 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Why Are We Always Looking For A Disclaimer?

 Great stuff from Seth Godin's Blog today!
"When someone asks, "Do you have any case studies and rules of thumb from my industry about how someone in precisely the same circumstances did x and got y," it's pretty clear that they seek reassurance and a promise of certainty.
 But all the good stuff comes from leaping. From doing the things that might not work."
I think of so many instances where this applies... Of course, the one thing that sticks out to me here is that no one is in "precisely the same circumstance" as we are. All we can do is take all of the information available to us and make a well-informed decision.  Isn't doing our due diligence enough? Why do we worry so much about failure instead of relishing what we will learn from taking a leap?

My Weekly Diigo Bookmarks (May 10, 2015)

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