Category: Russo’s Ramblings

  • Taking a Hiatus

    I’m going to take a break from writing/updating here at Point A to Point B. As I move into my new role as an administrator for both the Arts and Career and Technical Education (CTE), I continue to enjoy the writing and reflecting I do, as well as providing useful information to those I work […]

  • Albany’s Educational Alphabet Soup

    I believe one of my strengths is understanding structure in organizations. I have to admit it has taken me a while to begin to understand the structure of the New York State Education Department (NYSED). I used to think that NYSED was the main educational system in the state – it is the main educational […]

  • The Arts in Education – A Look at the Next Few Years

    I am a firm believer in the core role the Arts play in developing critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity and innovation (see this report from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills organization). In light of the impending changes due to budgetary issues in New York, a new teacher appraisal process, and […]

  • New Tagline

    As I mentioned in a recent post, with my new position, I have been wondering about the tagline for the blog. The tagline is what appears just under the title of the blog, which is Point A to Point B (see the top of the page). I have decided since my new role expands beyond […]

  • Thank You Heim Middle

    As I finish up this week at Heim Middle and get ready to begin my new position at district office, I wholeheartedly say thank you to all of the great people at Heim. It is hard to believe that I have been here nine years – wow did the time fly! Part of the reason […]

  • Cogito Ergo Blog

    I reflect, therefore I blog. A tweet came through last week that caught my attention. I retweeted it, favorited it, and now have spent some time looking back, reading, reflecting, and now writing: As is the case with social media, the path to the origin of the thinking took a bit. Shelly Terrell sent this […]

  • Farewell, Friend

    This post is a tribute to a fantastic educator and colleague, Earle Holt. Earle is retiring from Heim Middle School after a 43 year career. His last day is December 23, 2010. Earle has touched so many lives in so many ways. Most importantly, as an art teacher he has had a great impact on […]

  • One Pipe

    I have been tinkering around with my Google Voice account after a colleague, @MrWarnes, showed me what he was trying with it. Then, speaking with our assistant principal, we got to talking about how tools like Google Voice and Skype are making traditional land lines obsolete. Wouldn’t it be great if everything you need for […]

  • Superman is Already Here

    Before you read this post, please take a moment to go on a field trip to do the following: Walk to the nearest mirror you can find, look at yourself in the eyes for about 30 seconds, then come back. Hello Superman, it’s nice to meet you. Please understand that I use Superman in the […]

  • I Do Not Want Free Web Tools

    Might this post title have your attention? It has mine too, as I consider and struggle with how to manage both my, my family’s, and my school’s web presence. Don’t get me wrong – I’m an educator and I love free as much as the next person. But it comes back to the old saying: […]