Episode 76: UNH Non-renewal Update with Cindy Pulkkinen

December 23, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

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Cindy Pulkkinen was a Principal Lecturer at UNH, and taught English as a Second Language until May 2018, when her contract was not renewed along with 16 other lecturers. Cindy gives us an update on the non-renewal lecturers and talks about the difficulties of getting a full-time job over 50; the lawsuit she and others have filed against the university; being a teacher, and the direction of education.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Instant Karma” by John Lennon; 2nd song: “Deferred Gratification” by Ani Difranco; and 3rd song: “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile.

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Episode 66: Digital Marketing with Sabrina Kizzie

September 30, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Sabrina Kizzie

Sabrina Kizzie is a nationally recognized consultant, marketing expert, author and motivational speaker. She is currently a professor at the City University of New York’s Baruch College, and the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, where she teaches several courses including social media marketing, interactive marketing, media plan development and marketing communications. Sabrina shares about the importance of digital marketing, community service, and being a life-long learner.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Optimistic” by Sounds of Blackness; 2nd song: “Just Fine” by Mary J Blige; 3rd song: “Golden” by Jill Scott.
Follow Sabrina at http://www.socialmediaglamour.com and @sabrinaonmove on Twitter and Instagram. Connect with her at https://www.linkedin.com/in/sabrinakizzie/

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Episode 63: Being a Creative with Alexandra Chan

August 19, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Alexandra Chan has an amazing array of accomplishments under her belt with even more on the horizon. Alexandra Chan Photography was awarded the Best Photographer of 2017 for the Portsmouth region; she has spoken all over the world about her work in archaeology; and she is currently working on her second book. Alexandra also shares her personal philosophy that is as inspiring as it is beautifully stated.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone; 2nd song: “Love is Making its Way Back Home” by Josh Ritter; and 3rd song: “Change” by Tracy Chapman. Website: www.alexandrachan.com

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Episode 49: Card Designs with Courtney Daniel

April 24, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Courtney

Courtney Daniel is a client relations expert and a nationally recognized award-winning business owner. She specializes in card designs and hand-written thank you notes with C. Daniel Designs. She works with elite professionals and has worked with top name celebrities in the industry. Courtney talks about her business, designing a U.S. postage stamp, being an introvert, and using her creativity to help others find theirs.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of her life: 1st song: “Closer” by Goapele; 2nd song: “This Girl Is on Fire” by Alicia Keys; 3rd song: “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa

To find out more about Courtney, go to www.cdanieldesigns.com

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Episode 46: Music and Arts with Rebecca Harrison and Katie Grazier

April 3, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

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Rebecca Harrison and Katie Grazier are from Portsmouth Music and Arts Center or PMAC. On April 13 at Harbour Events, they have Spring Fever for the Arts Fundraiser Party, which raises funds for youth scholarships at PMAC. Katie and Rebecca talk about how PMAC was started and the lives it has changed.

Songs from PMAC teachers and musicians: 1st song: 80 Lives: Soggy Po Boys (featuring faculty members: Mike Effenberger, Eric Klaxton and Nick Phaneuf) – Spring Fever 2016; 2nd song: James Brown: Mother Superior and the Sliding Royal (featuring faculty members: Taylor O’Donnell, Mike Walsh, Matt Langley and Mike Effenberger) – Spring Fever 2017; and 3rd song: Jumprope: Chris Klaxton Band (featuring faculty member Chris Klaxton).

For more information about PMAC, go to their website: https://pmaconline.org/

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Episode 42: UNH Lecturers with Sarah Hirsch and Cindy Pulkkinen

March 6, 2018

All In with Pauline Hawkins

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Sarah Hirsch and Cindy Pulkkinen are two of the 17 UNH lecturers who received non-renewal notices by mail in January. Everything about it was mishandled. Sarah and Cindy have dedicated much of their lives to UNH and their students. Once a month, I like to discuss issues in education on “All In”, especially how those issues affect teachers and the impact on students, because if we, as a country, aren’t invested in education, we will continue to have heart-breaking stories like the ones from Sarah and Cindy.

Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of their lives: 1st song: “Teach your children well” by CSNY; 2nd song: “The Rising” by Bruce Springsteen; and 3rd song: “Make a Noise” by Katie Herzig.

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Episode 25: The Purpose of Education with Diane Murphy

October 24, 2017

All In with Pauline Hawkins

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On the topic of rethinking education, Diane Murphy from BigFish Learning Community (https://www.bigfishnh.org/) joins me again to talk about the purpose of education. We listened to a segment of Blake Boles “What does it mean to be educated?” (https://www.self-directed.org/tp/what-does-it-mean-to-be-educated/), I read my resignation letter (https://paulinehawkins.com/2014/04/07/my-resignation-letter/), we listened to “Disappear” from Dear Evan Hansen and discussed different opportunities for students to engage with their education. The final song is “Learning to Fly” by Tom Petty.

Episode 18: Rethinking Education with Diane Murphy and Holly Elkins

September 12, 2017

All In with Pauline Hawkins

Rethinking Education

Diane Murphy and Holly Elkins join me All In with Pauline Hawkins to talk about changing the conversation around education. Diane taught in the Seacoast area for 30 yrs. She is the founder of BigFish and is committed to supporting teenagers who need to leave the system so they can be self-directed learners. Holly is the embodiment of a self- directed learner: She is the BigFish Board President, an artist, print maker, massage therapist & Reiki master.
All three of us have had our challenges with public education. We’ve heard a lot about education reform, but every reformational movement, although started with good intentions, has made education worse, not better. Before we can fix education, we need to change the way people think about education.
Three songs that would be on the soundtrack of our lives: 1st song: “Open Your Eyes” by Snow Patrol (Pauline); 2nd song: “Too much stuff” by Delbert McClinton (Holly); 3rd song: “Stand by Me” by Playing for Change (Diane).

July Discussion: If you were calling the shots how would you change ongoing professional development for teachers in your community?

If I were calling the shots, I would make sure professional development was relevant and appropriate for the grade level and subject matter.

Too often teachers are forced to sit through a professional development class that does not apply to the subject and/or grade level they teach. One year, all of my high-school colleagues had to sit through a class on tiered assignments. That, in itself, is not a bad topic for a professional development. What made it a waste of time for all of us is that math, science, social studies, English, language, art, music, and PE teachers were all in the same professional development that presented tiered assignments for a 2nd grade literature assignment.

As English teachers, my department was annoyed, but those of us teaching regular English classes were able to apply the basic idea of the assignment to our curriculum. Even within our department though, far too many teachers had no use for a differentiated lesson. Many teachers only teach AP and college preparation classes. There is no room for differentiation for college bound students because colleges do not differentiate their assignments. To tell you the truth, this is one of my biggest issues with the college students I currently teach. Many of them have never written an essay and are completely lost in College Composition. I often wonder how many of those students had differentiated assignments instead of mandatory essays.

Furthermore, if my English Department had a tough time using a professional development class geared towards 2nd grade literature, can you imagine how the other departments felt? It’s no wonder many of them were caught passing notes and playing games on their phones. (Does that sound familiar? No matter who the students are, if you are not giving them relevant and appropriate student-centered lessons, they will get bored and check out.)

In order for professional development to truly improve teachers, they need to have these elements:

  1. The person teaching the professional development must be a teacher. Even people who have been out of the classroom for too long, like principals, counselors, coordinators, etc. will not deliver relevant information unless it is to give the teachers behind-the-scenes information so that they are in the loop. Only experienced master teachers will know what teachers need in order to improve their classrooms.
  2. Each department should have a separate professional development led by people who teach the same subject. The professional development instructor should be able to address all aspects of teaching and courses in that department.
  3. The majority of time allotted for professional development should include time to apply the new concept/skill/strategy to the classroom. If teachers are not given that time, then the day will be wasted. Teachers do not have time on a normal day to realign their curriculum to a new concept. If the professional development is truly valuable, then the majority of the day must be dedicated to lesson planning and curriculum alignment or else it will be for naught.

For more on this discussion, go to CM Rubin World.

Choose to be Teachers and Students

My daughter and son-in-law asked me to speak at their wedding. I was honored but also hesitant–what could I, of all people in their lives, say about marriage? The only thing I know without a doubt. With their permission, here’s my speech:

As we gather to celebrate your journey together, I want to share with you a little wisdom I’ve acquired along the way. After 15 years in education, I’ve realized a very important fact: We never stop being students. As a matter of fact, even without an education degree, we are all teachers as well.

This concept applies perfectly to our relationships. Every thought, word, and action speaks volumes for those willing to listen, watch, and engage. If we choose to be diligent observers of the people in our lives, we learn the important aspects of who they are. But as much as people observe us, they can’t know everything about us, unless we teach them. We must not be afraid to share the inner workings of our hearts with those we love and trust.

Therefore, Nicole and Tripp, you must choose to be teachers and students of each other.

As much as you think you know the person standing in front of you, there is always something to learn about each other. You must be willing to teach the other what makes you happy, angry, or sad; you must be willing to learn how to ease each other’s burdens and how and when to give each other space.

I know from watching the two of you together, that you have already learned much about each other and are not afraid to teach each other about your needs.

But as time goes on, each of you will change and grow—sometimes together; sometimes apart. But if you make the commitment to always be a student and a teacher, you will learn about the changes and teach each other who you are becoming. You will learn to give each other space and comfort when you each need it because you will teach each other when and how. Just as teachers can’t expect students to know what they have not been taught, you can’t expect the other to know how to meet your needs.

Teach each other with patience and love. Engage with each new stage with diligence and passion. Be dedicated students of each other and your relationship.

Just as you have chosen to marry each other today, Nicole and Tripp, may you choose to be teachers and students for the rest of your lives.