Catching Up with Alex

I first met Alex Pettiford when he was in Kindergarten.  I remember him running up and down the halls and having a lot of energy!  Alex is a native Washingtonian, sports fanatic and a self-proclaimed comedian.  Currently, Alex is a freshman at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and plays rugby.  I’m pleased to know […]

By |November 8th, 2011|inspired|2 Comments

School of One

EDspired is about advocacy and being inspired to make change.  EDspired had the pleasure of interviewing Dorothy Jones of Washington, DC about her experience as a parent who transitioned one of her three children from attending public schools to homeschooling.

Set the stage for us; share your journey of how you became a homeschooler?

When we […]

By |October 11th, 2011|homeschool|2 Comments


I am heartbroken.  We are failing kids in DC and beyond, but DC really takes the cake for me today.  It’s not the city per se…it’s what has been allowed to happen over and over again.  School doesn’t meet the needs of a student.  Student has challenges inside and outside of the classroom impacting […]

By |August 31st, 2011|reflection|3 Comments

Calling All Third Culture Kids!

Are you a Third Culture Kid?

“A third culture kid is an individual who, having spent a significant part of their developmental years in a culture other than their parents’ home culture, develops a sense of relationship to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Elements from each culture are incorporated […]

By |August 8th, 2011|Global Education|0 Comments


EDheads ed-heads

– noun

1. a term of endearment for my fellow educators who are life long learners and change agents
I contacted some of my EDheads and asked, “What inspires you to do the work that you do?”
“I am inspired by the amalgam of children that we interact with on a daily basis.  Each school year […]

By |June 28th, 2011|EDheads|1 Comment

The End in Mind

I had the privilege of working as part of a team implementing the transformation model for school improvement for a struggling school in NE Washington, DC.  In the year and a half that we worked with the staff, we supported building a foundation to transform beliefs and practices.  The teachers reflected upon their personal and […]

By |June 18th, 2011|reflection|0 Comments