Author Archives: Jessica Lura

About Jessica Lura

I am the director of teaching and learning at public K-8 charter school in Northern California. I work to integrate technology and hands-on learning into the classroom. I develop and lead professional development for my school, helping teachers develop project-based learning and design thinking units, integrate technology and digital citizenship in the classroom, and create opportunities for real world interactions and projects. For my efforts, I was named Santa Clara County's Office of Education Charter School Teacher of Year for 2013 and a 2014 Comcast All-Star Teacher. I am also a Google Certified Innovator

Reason #3 Carnivorous Plants and Beautiful Bogs

Newfoundland is home to several varieties of carnivorous plants including the purple pitcher plant (which is the flower emblem of Newfoundland & Labrador–they even have it on their license plate). The purple pitcher plant is found in bogs, and it … Continue reading

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Reason #2 to Circumnavigate Newfoundland: France! In North America!

Have you heard of St. Pierre, France? Euros, French citizenship, French license plates, and delicious bakeries but located on two small islands in the Gulf of St Lawrence in the North Atlantic Ocean. It’s officially called the Overseas Collectivity of … Continue reading

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Reason #1 Who Writes History?

Reason #1 Who Writes History? So often history is taught in schools as a list of facts and as “the truth” all while missing certain narratives and complexity. The conflicts between the French and the English in 1600 – 1800s … Continue reading

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