The First Year Teacher

  • Boston Latin

    Boston Latin
    The first Latin Grammar School (Boston Latin School) is established. Latin Grammar Schools are designed for sons of certain social classes who are destined for leadership positions in church, state, or the courts.
  • Harvard College

    Harvard College
    Harvard College, the first higher education institution in what is now the United States, is established in Newtowne (now Cambridge), Massachusetts. This continues to have the highest endowment of any university in the world, currently at 28 Billion Dollars.
  • Massachusetts School Laws

    Massachusetts School Laws
    The Massachusetts Law of 1647, also known as the Old Deluder Satan Act, is passed. It decrees that every town of at least 50 families hire a schoolmaster who would teach the town's children to read and write and that all towns of at least 100 families should have a Latin grammar school master who will prepare students to attend Harvard College.
  • Essay Concerning Human Understanding

    Essay Concerning Human Understanding
    John Locke publishes his Essay Concerning Human Understanding, which conveys his belief that the human mind is a tabula rasa, or blank slate, at birth and knowledge is derived through experience, rather than innate ideas as was believed by many at that time. Locke's views concerning the mind and learning greatly influence American education.
  • The American Philosophical Society

    The American Philosophical Society
    Benjamin Franklin forms the American Philosophical Society, which helps bring ideas of the European Enlightenment, including those of John Locke, to colonial America. Emphasizing secularism, science, and human reason, these ideas clash with the religious dogma of the day, but greatly influence the thinking of prominent colonists, including Franklin and Thomas Jefferson.
  • Two Track Education

    Two Track Education
    Thomas Jefferson proposes a two-track educational system, with different tracks for "the laboring and the learned." It essentially differentiates different types of education for different types of people from different backgrounds, but pioneered the idea of education for everyone.
  • The Land Ordinance Of 1785

    The Land Ordinance Of 1785
    The Land Ordinance of 1785 specifies that the western territories are to be divided into townships made up of 640-acre sections, one of which was to be set aside "for the maintenance of public schools."
  • Young Ladies Academy

    Young Ladies Academy
    The Young Ladies Academy opens in Philadelphia and becomes the first academy for girls in America. The focus of the academics were in civility, poise, elecution, and appropriate societal behavior.
  • Northwest Ordinance

    Northwest Ordinance
    The Northwest Ordinance is enacted by the Confederation Congress. It provides a plan for western expansion and bans slavery in new states. Specifically recognizing the importance of education, Act 3 of the document begins, "Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged."
  • The Blackboard

    The Blackboard
    James Pillans invents the blackboard. Imagine how this changes the demographics of a classroom.
  • Boston English

    Boston English
    The first public high school, Boston English High School, opens. It is opened pending a Massachusetts law that states towns with more than 500 families must have a public free high school that serves all students.
  • Horace Mann

    Horace Mann
    Horace Mann becomes Secretary of the newly formed Massachusetts State Board of Education. A visionary educator and proponent of public (or "free") schools, Mann works tirelessly for increased funding of public schools and better training for teachers. As Editor of the Common School Journal, his belief in the importance of free, universal public education gains a national audience. He resigns his position as Secretary in 1848.
  • The Department Of Education Is Created

    The Department Of Education Is Created
    The Department of Education is created in order to help states establish effective school systems.
  • The Progressive Education Association

    The Progressive Education Association
    Building on previous critiques of the traditional teacher-centered and curriculum-centered educational approaches, what was known as "the progressive education movement" was formed by educational reformers who were particularly active in the United States from the 1890s to 1930s, promoting the ideas of child-centered education, social reconstructionism, active citizen participation in all spheres of life, and democratization of all public institutions.
  • The G.I. Bill

    The G.I. Bill
    The G.I. Bill officially known as the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, is signed by FDR on June 22. Some 7.8 million World War II veterans take advantage of the GI Bill during the seven years benefits are offered. More than two-million attend colleges or universities, nearly doubling the college population. About 238,000 become teachers. The law provides the same opportunity to every veteran, regardless of background.
  • The Civil Rights Movement

    The Civil Rights Movement
    I think the historic case of Brown VS. the Board of Education was the intersection of the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Students who felt disenfranchised by the segregation decided to take matters into their own hands. Historically, I believe this to be one of the cornerstones of progression in educational development.
  • Ronald Reagan Elected

    Ronald Reagan Elected
    Ronald Reagan ushered in a new conservative era in education as well as foreign policy and economics. He had pledged to reduce the federal role in education by eliminating the Department of Education which had become a cabinet level agency the same year under the Carter administration.
  • The Emergency Immigrant Education Act

    The Emergency Immigrant Education Act
    This bill is enacted to provide services that offset the costs for school districts that have unusually high numbers of immigrant student populations.
  • Age Three

    Age Three
    I wanted to speak about the topic of education in my own lifetime. I am interested in the events that have helped me to develop into the person that I am, and why I am articularly interested in bacoming an educator. I beleive learning is a lifelong process, but I am going to start back as far as I can even vaguely remember. This photo is with my grandparents that were always my biggest advocates and best friends. I miss them both every day.
  • Age Six

    Age Six
    At this point, I was just beginning elementary school. I often try to remember the structure of ecucation that I was recieving at this point in my life. While I had been in pre-school before, I was never in an all day structured educational setting. It is the beginning of a lifetime of structured environments that pertain to academic and employment training.
  • Minnesota Charter School Law

    Minnesota Charter School Law
    Minnesota was the first to lead our nation in the develpoment of a Charter School Law. As we know, charter schools have changed the face of education in our nation, and are at the center of a very controversial debate.
  • Massachusettts Education Reform Act

    Massachusettts Education Reform Act
    Massachusetts requires a common curriculum and statewide tests under the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System. As is often the case, other states follow Massachusetts' lead and implement similar high stakes testing programs.
  • Vocational Education

    Vocational Education
    So my parents and I decided that I could consider going to a vocational school in my district. I went to Maplewood for half a day, and went to my regular high school for the other half of the day. I realized that I might be able to get some skills that could facilitate me getting a job to work my way through college. I sometimes wonder if this made the difference in my socialization with a new group of people during this critical formative period.
  • No Child Left Behind

    No Child Left Behind
    No Child Left Behind supports standards-based education reform, which is based on the belief that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills to be given to all students in certain grades.
  • High School Graduation

    High School Graduation
    Graduation high school was a time of much change for me. I was simply glad to be moving to the next step. Retrospectively, I have found that I really did give high school my best efforts. I am glad that I can look back and say that about my time spent there. I went to a smaller suburban school district in Portage County. It is strange that I have never really looked back. What did that experience afford me as an individual growing into the man I would become?
  • John Carroll University

    John Carroll University
    I initially started at Kent because I really didn't have any perspective other that the fact that I wanted to go to college, and really didn't have the necessary guidance to go where I really wanted to go. I came up her in the spring of 2003 to go to a party, and fell in love with this campus, and the ideas that this university stood for. I applied that spring, and was accepted for the fall term.
  • Age Twenty Two

    Age Twenty Two
    This was a picture of me while on the John Carroll University Crew Team. I had always wanted to try out for this sport, and upon doing so, recognized that with any amount of work and any level of determination, I can fulfill any goal; be it physical or mental. We went on to compete in the nationals in Philadelphia this season at the Dad Vail Regatta.
  • The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009

    The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009
    This initiative provided more than 90 billion dollars for education here in the U.S. Half of this money was allocated to local school districts to prevent layoffs and for school modernization and repair.
  • Race To The Top

    Race To The Top
    The most aggressive initiative ever inacted for education in this country, it is a 4.35 billion dollar program to jump start educational accountability here in this nation.
  • Age Twenty Eight

    Age Twenty Eight
    This is me at age 28. I am sometimes suprised at the man that I am turning out to be. I wonder at all of the elements that have made me into the person that I am, and passionate about the things that I am passionate about.
  • Graduate School

    Graduate School
    This is the day I will finish my degree reguirements for my masters degree. I hope that I will reflect on the journay that has brought me to this point on this day.
  • Northeastern University

    Northeastern University
    This is where I plan to attend school for my Ed.D. I lived in Boston for a few years, and taught high school there, so I am particularly interested in the city and the history that it brings to the educational spectrum.