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How the L.A. Times failed L.A.’s teachers

When I first heard that the Los Angeles Times staff was going to publish the results of their Los Angeles Unified School District teacher effectiveness data analysis by teacher, I figured I misunderstood. I couldn’t imagine they could be so cruel. I was wrong....

New website launched: Cleary Irish Dance

I’m jealous of Maggie Cleary. She visits Ireland on a regular basis to keep in touch with the Irish dance community and re-connect with her native country. Visiting Ireland with my mother is on my “bucket list” of things to do, and now that I’m...

Spicing up customer service

Last night my business partner asked me to find two stock photos for a website we’re working on: one for the Technical Support page, and one for the Contact Us page. I haven’t decided which photos to choose yet. The potential pictures quickly started...

My favorite new online backup system

I knew something had gone horribly wrong 15 years ago when my computer froze with a big red cross on the screen with the message “Insert CPR Disk.” I should have never upgraded from Windows 3.1 to Windows 95, and should have never trusted the technician on...

Characteristics of good teachers, students & parents

The recent Los Angeles Times series on using value-added test scores to evaluate teacher effectiveness recently got me thinking about what defines a good teacher. It would be great if every teacher would: Be excited about the subject matter Be highly competent in the...