Columns

Summer professional development

One of the biggest misconceptions that I often hear is that teachers have it made—they get their summers off. From what I have witnessed, that is not true here in the Copper Country. We have many dedicated teachers in all of our local schools who want to continually improve and learn new ...

What if….the future of K-12 education

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development launched the project The Future of Education and Skills in 2030. It explored how we are to prepare students for jobs that have not even been created yet. What skills will they need in 2030? The answer, educational institutions will ...

What is the reasonable value of human life?

Less than a month after deadly shootings left 50 dead and 50 seriously injured in New Zealand, the nation passed legislation banning automatic weapons and most semiautomatic weapons including military style assault rifles. Under the new law, New Zealand citizens can still possess some ...

Make this holiday season about presence, not presents

I’m not the first person to suggest that the gift of time is more valuable than anything else you can give your child for Christmas, but I do come at the issue from a unique perspective. After 25 years working with single parent families through UP KIDS’ Big Brothers Big Sisters program, ...

CCISD oldest students learn community transition

The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is responsible for providing special education services from birth through the age of 26. Last month I described what the CCISD does to help some of our youngest students. Now I would like to share what we do to service our oldest ...

Holidays for adopted child brings extra feelings

rner you may be feeling a mix of emotions. Holidays can be a happy time while celebrating each other’s company. Holidays are a chance to celebrate your traditions and spend more time as family. Holidays can also bring feelings of sadness about the people who will not be around. Holidays ...

CCISD provides services for preschool students

Children grow and develop at different rates, but most will meet many milestones between ages 3 and 5 that will prepare them for kindergarten. Developmental milestones can help to identify if a child may have a delay in specific areas including communication, motor skills, problem solving, ...

Force for Change: Defending potential of children

“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.‚“ — Josh Shipp Potential lives within every kid. Yet, more than 8.5 million kids are still in need of someone who will stand in their corner. Today’s youth face a variety of challenges and a much more complex world. ...

Pollution around forever but more of it in modern world

OK, folks, here it comes — something that has been bugging us ever since we started glancing back to a world we grew up in, and what it’s become thanks to a single word: pollution. The word has been derived from a Latin word meaning “to make dirty.” Currently, it’s defined as ...

CCISD services promote high-quality learning, teaching

It is September, and all of our school districts have the excitement of starting a new year. There are many eager faces walking into our local buildings and around 600 hardworking teachers, support staff and administrators to greet them and to help each student reach their potential. Every ...

Arrival of fall marks start of recruiting season

Fall brings cool evenings and the igniting of nature's festival of colors in the Keweenaw. It also brings a robust recruiting season as professionals from corporations across the nation descend on our small community. They are seeking the talented students that Michigan Tech and the surrounding ...

While much has changed in families, much remains same

The ideal family is usually composed of a father, a mother & kids. Here’s a sort of light-hearted compilation regarding that necessary congregation: An elderly woman and her little grandson, whose face was sprinkled with freckles, spent the day at the zoo; there lots of children were ...

Clearing misconception cases about UP policing

As police officers, we often field a wide range of questions from citizens regarding laws, our procedures, civil processes, criminal procedings, crime trends and various other things. We also end up getting questions about the weather. I don’t know why, but we get the calls. You may be ...

Reflections on water from Copper Country Flood

Impossible to press into a single column, but here’s a sample from just one person reflecting on a disaster affecting our lives forever: July 2, 2018 — Seems like ancient history since the first of the flood disasters began - starting Sunday morning, June 24, when I happened to glance ...

Many humbling, inspiring lessons from big storm

It was 5 a.m., and it had been raining and thundering all night long. Then in an instant, the house shook like it had been hit by a bolt of lightening, followed by an explosion. Waking from a sound sleep, my wife and I rushed to the other side of the house, peering into our living room ...

Taking ‘beauty’ out of pageants

The Miss America Organization announced this week that it will no longer judge women on their “outward physical appearance.” To that end, the swimsuit competition is gone. “We are no longer a pageant,” Gretchen Carlson, the group’s head, explained. “Miss America will represent a new ...

Donald Trump, Rod Blagojevich and cost of corruption

When President Donald Trump blurted out that he was thinking of springing thoroughly corrupt former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from federal prison, the reaction was predictably tribal. The pro-Trumpers spun it all by saying his Blagogevich move was a shot across the bow of his enemies in ...

Is second US civil war possible?

Imagine that an impeachment resolution against Donald Trump passes the House. Trump claims it's the work of the “deep state.” Sean Hannity of Fox News demands that every honest patriot take to the streets. Right-wing social media call for war. As insurrection spreads, Trump commands the ...

Ebb tide: California results suggest blue wave over

The nation is just past halftime in the 2018 primary election cycle. Twenty states -- containing the majority, 228 of 435, of House districts -- have held their primaries, and all but the three with runoffs have chosen their nominees. The latest results, taken together with the generic vote ...

Reading books will prevent summer slide

For kids, few moments in life are more glorious than the end of the school year and the start of summer vacation. Hooray! Three whole months of sweet freedom! Unlike in the past, many students do not spend summer break at the library or reading books in the backseat on family trips. In fact, ...