June 4–August 1: Summer Break!

In the spirit of summer fun, and the need for a quality break after an eventful school year, I am pleased to announce that I will be taking a summer break.

C is for Camacho will return Thursday August 1, 2019.

Until then . . . enjoy some

  • summer slushies
  • fireworks
  • rest and relaxation
  • road trips
  • summer reading
  • tanning
  • hiking
  • camping
  • vacation

. . .Β  whatever gives you purpose and joy, and whatever your heart desires, go after it!

You have earned this time, take advantage of it.

See you in August πŸ€—πŸ€—

Happy Anniversary!

One year ago today I created C is for Camacho. It’s been an interesting learning curve. Trying to solidify my thoughts, experiences, and opinions into concise posts has been quite the challenge, albeit a good challenge, an excellent form of professional growth.

In the past year, I have remained diligent and continued to grow as an educator and blogger. Two posts a week has become the norm, every Tuesday and Thursday are my days, the categories and topics are all over the educational map. I have set into a sort of routine and I hope it makes as much sense for you as it does to me. 😝

So on my anniversary, let me take some time to quickly celebrate πŸ₯‚ πŸŽ‰Β and send my sincere thanks for joining me. One more year down, another (and another . . . ) to go!

 

Teacher Appreciation 2019

Teacher Appreciation Week is one week away!!

May 6-10, 2019

If you’re not a teacher, or if you’re the teacher involved in planning Teacher Appreciation Week, here are some celebration suggestions:

  • Thank you cards from your child/students
  • Thank you card from yourself–find that long lost teacher, and thank them
    • We all have one teacher we can recall with great love; find them and tell them
  • Encourage teachers to thank one another at their school–teachers teach and mentor each other constantly, that kindness and collaboration should be celebrated
  • Volunteer at your local school/get extra volunteers at your school
  • Go to a local coffee shop, restaurant, or any other business–ask them to donate a gift card, discount, or service to teachers; or, have them offer something special during Teacher Appreciation Week at your school
  • Bring coffee and bagels one morning to your local school

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This is just a small list, but it’s a start–if you have any ideas, or success stories, make sure to share them too!

Signing Day: How to Celebrate HS graduates

In Henrico, Virginia, USA, Henrico’s Career & Technical Education program, has a special, one-of-a-kind, celebration:

Letter of Intent Signing Day

On their website, and in the news, this school, and this program, believe that high school graduates who are going to college, or going to play at the collegiate level, are not the only students worth praise and recognition; upon graduation, “students entering the workforce with benefits that include, but not limited to, great pay, health benefits, retirement benefits, and even receiving continuing education benefits from their employer also deserve recognition.”

This year, on April 23, 2019, today, the event is scheduled to take place. It’s time to celebrate, and it’s time to consider replicating this ceremony at your nearest high school.

We have an urgent skills gap to fill in our country. We have great jobs, with great benefits and stability through all economies, going unfilled. Any person willing to learn a skill, and go to work, should be applauded. Much love to Henrico for recognizing a segment of students and graduates long underappreciated.

A word on teacher strikes . . .

In the past year, we have seen a number of districts and teacher organizations demand better working conditions through marches and strikes.

The most impressive one was West Virginia in February 2018; this strike essentially shut down the entire state of education as schools in all 55 counties were involved. Recently, the 2nd largest school district in the US, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), had their first strike in 30 years; they were offered a generous salary increase, retroactive, but declined that initial offer in order to hold out for more, more that was needed for their schools and their students. This felt very impressive to me as well, it demonstrated the true teacher spirit, which is centered on service and kids.

LAUSD, its name, its size, its demands, allowed for an extreme spotlight on the state of education, and there were plenty of nervous watchers around the country. As an educator, what do I have to say about all of this?

It’s about time.

I believe that a living wage is a human right.

I believe quality education is a human right.

I believe that striking is a human right.

I do not necessarily agree with every tactic employed, or every demand, but I fully support the pursuit of better schools, and better working conditions for teachers, and kids.

Teachers deserve to be compensated for their work, and students deserve the very best school environments, schools enriched with trained staff, rigorous learning material, and a focus on their whole person (social, emotional, mental, and academic needs).

The victories over the past year are only the beginning of a long-standing battle for better education for every student, and every education professional. I only hope that we continue to discuss our collective needs and hopes for the future, and bring them into fruition — every child, and every educator, deserves the very best learning environment each and every day, we can make that our priority, and we can make that a reality.