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DeanHenk

Welcome to the Marquette Educator blog!

Its primary purpose is to serve as a public forum on Education topics.  Our intent is to present information in accurate, understandable, and engaging ways that enlighten, stimulate, and entertain.

As dean of the College, I anchor the blog.  So, a fair number of the posts come from me.  They’ll all be related to education in some way, whether the topics are political, pedagogical, or personal.  Hopefully, the unique perspectives my job affords, along with who I am as a professional and human being, will make what I write interesting to read.

Special content for our blog comes from College of Education students, alumni, professionals and invited guests.  They address timely and relevant topics related to education as well.  In fact, any legitimate education topic is fair game.

Together, we will try to advance educational knowledge and practice and to develop a greater appreciation for both teaching and learning.  Readers can help us to achieve these goals by responding to the posts, and we truly hope you will.

Blog discussions, at their best, will contribute to solutions for serious problems that plague education in the United States.  Ideas and beliefs can percolate here, and we promise to do our best to respond to all thoughtful reactions in a respectful way.  Our ongoing conversations with our readers have the potential to lead to authentic solutions.

There is also a lighter side to the blog whose intent is to amuse.   If you’re new to the blog, you might want to sample one or two of these posts.

On occasion, we will celebrate the successes of area teachers and others who champion education, as well as our Marquette students, faculty, and alumni.  Through various features, schools and classrooms and other learning contexts will come alive.

Breaking education news will be reported when it occurs.  Regularly scheduled posts will likely give way to emerging news that is pertinent to our readership.

The blog format gives voice to those who might otherwise be silent or ignored.  We invite responses from any fair-minded person or entity with a genuine interest in the well being of those touched by education.  Teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, community members, civic leaders, and students themselves are encouraged to post.

Those with a specific and deep interest in the Milwaukee education landscape are especially welcome.   Fresh, astute, and promising thinking about our region’s schools and human services will take root with us.

To sum up, I feel truly fortunate to enjoy a special lens on education at the local, state, and national levels, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my insights and views, as well as those of our regular and guest bloggers, with our Marquette Educator audience.  Please know that we very much look forward to your visits and to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Bill Henk

Dr. Bill Henk, Dean

6 Responses to “Welcome”


  1. 1 Tim Hoff August 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Dean Henk,
    Today you spoke to the Class of 2013’s education majors in a short meeting. You mentioned this blog and you attempt to reach out and connect to the students that you have felt seperated from due to your administrative role. When I heard this, I thought it was a good idea, but was a little bit skeptical about the quality of this blog. I am astounded. I have spent the entire afternoon (with the exception of mandatory freshman meetings) reading through blog entries, the letters to education majors, and whatever else I could find on this website. As you may know, bloggers tend to ramble a bit too much and 80% of what is written contains nothing of importance or even relevance. You, however, have set up an excellent forum for discussion and have far surpassed my expectations for an online blog. Granted, you certainly don’t need my assurance that you have provided a wonderful source of inspiration and enlightenment for the class of 2013. I look forward to further exploring your blog and ideals. Thank you.
    Sincerely,
    Tim Hoff

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    • 2 billhenk August 27, 2009 at 11:35 pm

      Today had two truly gratifying highlights for me, Tim—speaking to your group of freshmen Education majors and reading your very affirming and much appreciated comments. I love any opportunity I get to interact with our College of Education students and today was definitely no exception. I enjoyed telling your 2013 classmates about our web redesign, the letters I wrote to our pre-service teachers each week last spring, and most of all, our new Marquette Educator blog. I’ll just say that our Office of Marketing and Communication stepped up big-time to give our COED website a fresh new look and notably better functionality, and they’re also the folks who encouraged me to launch a blog. To give you an idea of the gradient of my learning curve, I had only posted comments to a blog two times in my entire life before fearfully agreeing to take on the responsibility of anchoring one for our College. And suffice it to say that I still have a lot to learn and the blog has a long way to go.

      In any case, a huge amount of credit for whatever has been accomplished belongs to Tim Cigelske, our COED beat reporter. He has literally been the driving force in the project—encouraging, mentoring, and inspiring me. And, I’ve also received terrific support from our own Lori Fredrich in the College as well. For me, it’s been a matter of giving the blog my best shot with their enormous help, so that regardless of how the blog ultimately fares I can look myself in the mirror and take pride in the effort. Anyway, when you say that the blog has genuine quality and substance (as opposed to more typical blogger musings), and most of all, that it has genuine value to you, my takeaway is that what we’ve done so far has been well worth the time and energy invested. Time will tell the fate of the blog, but it won’t fail for a lack of caring. Our blog team will always try our best. Thanks for making our day.

      BH

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  2. 3 Zag Dean November 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

    Bill:

    Since you advertized your blog as basketball related you’d best get the Eagles off the diet of early season cupcakes.

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  3. 4 billhenk November 18, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Point well taken, John. I give Gonzaga credit every year for playing tough games early in the season. Saw that they gave #2 Michigan State a real run for the money at East Lansing yesterday, and the ESPN commentators had high praise for your ‘Zags doing so well on the road especially given the players you’ve lost from last year’s team. I do hope that MU schedules opponents that will test our players much more prior to the Big East schedule in the future, but our A.D., who I trust and respect, tells me it’s hard to get good teams to come here to play.

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  4. 5 Kristopher April 20, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Dean Henk:

    I recently read one of your blogs which mentioned KIPP schools. I am a Teach for American alumni, and worked closely with a KIPP school in rural North Carolina. I was curious if you knew if KIPP has ever looked into founding a school in the Milwaukee area?

    thanks so much,

    Kristopher Miller

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    • 6 billhenk April 22, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Hi Kristopher–

      My understanding (and I could certainly be mistaken on this one) is that KIPP did consider coming to Milwaukee at one point but felt that the amount of per pupil funding for which the school would qualify was not sufficient for its purposes.

      BH

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