Mike has served as editor and curriculum researcher for DataWORKS since 2010. Previously, he taught English in middle school, high schools, and colleges in Illinois, Puerto Rico, and California. He has edited national trade magazines and presented seminars nationwide for businesses and non-profit organizations. He believes words are a powerful educational tool for reporting, reflecting, and revealing.

FAQ – English Learners

Today, we are going to focus on general questions about teaching English Learners (ELs). These are questions we regularly get from teachers. If you would like further information about teaching English Learners, feel free to contact us. We also recommend the book, Explicit Direct Instruction for English Learners by DataWORKS co-founders John Hollingsworth and Dr.…

Tech Vision 1: A National Plan

In November 2010, the U.S. Department of Education released its National Education Technology Plan.  It is called Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology.   It outlines five goals and 24 recommendations for states, districts, the federal government, and other stakeholders.   According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, “the plan’s development was led by…

What Does Technology in the Classroom Mean?

The buzzwords in the Ed-Tech marketplace keep proliferating – blended learning, personalized instruction, digital delivery, and more.  These are all good directions for growth in the use of technology in the classroom, but the case should be made that the key to technology in the classroom is the teacher.  The bottom line for technology is…