Monday, September 1, 2014

Nite Cap 9-1-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP




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9-1-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
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Nite Cap 8-31-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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