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Hats off to Lifetouch for organizing the 2015 Memory Mission. I have never seen a group of people as energized as the nearly 50 individuals on this trip. From 8:30 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon, they are laying down cinder blocks to put up walls, carrying buckets of mortar and cement up stairs to the second floor, mixing mortar and cement, and any other job required to build this s...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/31/2015 8:11:27 AM

Mixing Construction and Sports in the Dominican Republic

There are 200 children attending the Cecaini School, half of them in the morning and the other half in the afternoon. The building we are constructing will provide space for another hundred. There is no transportation to the school. The children have to walk. There is a scarcity of materials and supplies. The Lifetouch Memory Mission group there now has contributed $10,000 to purchase addit...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/30/2015 9:25:44 AM

Building a School in the Mountains of the Dominican Republic

For several years, Lifetouch, one of our major corporate sponsors, has organized Memory Missions. These are opportunities for people to travel to areas in need of assistance in underdeveloped countries. For four years, the Memory Mission has focused on helping the mountain community of Constanza build a school. AASA members and staff have participated in all of them. This year, I am joined b...

Posted By James Minichello | 1/29/2015 9:00:53 AM

President Obama addresses more than 100 superintendents Invited to the White House to kick off the Future Ready Schools Digital Learning Initiative

In the past month, large groups of superintendents have been invited to the White House three times. Several weeks ago, a group met with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Last week, the 2014 State Superintendents of the Year were here. Today, Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools and AASA’s 2014 National Superintendent of the Year, intr...

Posted By James Minichello | 11/18/2014 4:23:07 PM

Education Model in New Zealand (Part 2)

New Zealand has one of the most decentralized school systems in the world. The organizational unit is the school. Carolyn Marino has taken full advantage of this. In her school, she rules. She has a board made up of five elected parents, a teacher representative, a student and herself. Together, they make all the decisions affecting the school. When they received funding from the Ministry of...

Posted By James Minichello | 10/26/2014 9:55:34 AM

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