Administering Pikes Peak Early College

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Fuel Education

Leading a revolutionary new early college program takes tact and vision. Dave Knoche, executive principal, finds the perfect balance of both in the administration of PPEC. What he finds most important is connecting with his staff, fostering their visions through feedback and strong encouragement. Mr. Knoche also enables PPEC students to connect with him and their teachers with a policy of acceptance and care.

Because of the rigorous nature of PPEC, and the high achievement expected of its students, Mr. Knoche's time is not devoted to dealing with disciplinary related issues. Rather, he focuses on managing the school's high achievement through direct and open relationships with his staff and their students.

Hear how PPEC flourishes under the direction of Mr. Knoche firsthand...

3 Tips for Teaching Hot Topics in an Online Setting

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Fuel Education

As a civics educator in an online setting, I often have to navigate some tricky waters. In my case, I teach in the state of Florida, which has a hotly divided population. If you’ve watched the news at all, you’re aware there are things going on in our country and world that are viewed from very different perspectives—party politics, terrorism, immigration, gun violence, gun rights, women’s reproductive rights, rights of the unborn, police brutality, civil liberties, and on and on. As much as I’d love to bury my head in the sand and avoid all of these discussions, it’s my responsibility as a civics educator to discuss the issues that help individuals form and shape their political ideologies and affiliations. Students have to know political party platforms, and the types of issues that may lead a person to identify with one party over the other.