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Saturday, May 14, 2016

We refuse to do fast, we educate teachers the old fashion way

 Our Jamaican teachers hanging with Doctors Chuck, Carol, Lynda, Lousie and Jesse last July. Their two year learning journey ends this June with me.  
Some of our graduating Connecticut Reading Specialists graduating next week at our Teacher Love Fest last May

Harry Chapin sang:
"All my life's a circle, sunrise and sundown
The moon rolls through the nighttime, till the daybreak comes around
All my life's a circle but I can't tell you why
The season's spinning' round again the years keep rollin' by"

Today we welcome a little over 30 new teachers into our Central Connecticut State University graduate program for Reading and Language Arts, and next Thursday we graduate about the same.
It never gets old, it's always fresh, the new ones are always bright, and the ones leaving are always shinning stars.
We don't do it online, we don't do Graduate Education Relay scams, we don't do Teach For America 5 weeks over the summer, our students are full time teachers, and it usually takes around two years to complete our program. We don't do fast, we do well, and we have been doing it well for 167 years. We prepare teachers the old fashion way. We mentor them in apprenticeships of love and compassion for learning and teaching. We are not some fly by night hedge fund manager's dream. Our teachers are taught by real educators with PhDs in Education from top research institutions with years of public school experience.
We are not in the business of preparing CEOs. We are in the business of preparing teachers to become something far more important, Reading Specialists, Literacy Coaches and Reading consultants.
We are wise enough to know along the way the teachers we work with teach us. Learning is funny you can't teach without learning.
So my circle today welcomes new teachers, and my circle next week sends genuine experts in their field on their way. We can't do fast.
We do exemplary with compassion, love, and right,
Dr. Jesse Patrick Turner (AKA The Walking Man)

If you want to listen to the song from this mornings walk it Harry's "All My Life A Circle"

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