Monthly Archives: March 2013

Ron Clark, Author and Teacher Extraordinaire, Comes to Las Vegas July 16, 2013

No one can deny that Ron Clark brings passion and energy to his teaching! Due to his dedication to improving education (often using unconventional methods) he has been able to motivating students and drastically improve student test scores. Some of his numerous achievements include being:

  • New York Times Best Selling Author
  • Disney Outstanding Teacher of the Year
  • Oprah Winfrey’s First “Phenomenal Man”
  • Founder of The Ron Clark Academy

On July 16, 2013, he is coming to Las Vegas to bring you Community Day with Ron Clark. You can sign up now at


Tuesday, July 16, 2013
10:00 AM (Doors Open at 9:00 AM)
Central Christian Church
1001 New Beginnings Drive, Henderson NV 89011
(Just off US95 & Russell Road)

Eric Harssema, a Teacher Education Alumnus from Sierra Nevada College, is a Teacher of the Year Finalist

Charlie Riley presenting Eric Harssema with his finalist certificate as he stands with his second-grade class at Incline Elementary School

Congratulations to Eric Harssema, an Incline Elementary School teacher and Sierra Nevada College Teacher Education alumnus, for being the second finalist for Truckee Hometown Sears-Sierra Sun Teacher of the Year! Eric has been with Incline Elementary School for four years after earning his M.A. from SNC.

The Department of Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College presents “BULLY” Wednesday, March 27

This coming Wednesday, March 27, the Department of Teacher Education at Sierra Nevada College is proud to host the screening of Bully (2011), the award-winning documentary about the very real and troubling bullying epidemic that, according to the film’s website, 13 million young people face regularly in schools and online. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, over one in four young people, from ages 12 to 18, report being bullied during the school year, and according to a 2012 survey conducted by, “More than 80% of high school students in the U.S. report they witness bullying at least once a week” (link).

Bully takes us behind these statistics and documents the struggles of several kids and families that have been the victims of bullying, painfully exposing both the brutality and isolation of those bullied as well as the negligence of those who have the power to do something about it.

For example, the film profiles a 14-year-old teenager from Mississippi who is jailed and charged with 22 felony counts after pulling a gun on her tormentors, a 12-year-old boy from Iowa who is regularly humiliated and abused on his bus commute to school, a 16-year-old lesbian student from Oklahoma that is viciously persecuted by both her peers and teachers, and two boys, ages 17 and 12, who tragically commit suicide because of the abuse they endured.

Bully has received considerable praise from top film critics. Rex Reed of the New York Observer writes, “Lee Hirsch is certainly one who is making a difference. I endorse him and his brave, powerful movie and urge you to see it for yourself. You might leave Bully with rage, but you will not leave Bully with indifference”, and Richard Corliss of Time writes that it is “a documentary as vivid as any horror film, as heartbreaking as any Oscar-worthy drama”. This film will likely educate you, enrage you, and hopefully motivate you (and those around you) to confront bullying and defend those who are its victims.

Time: Wednesday, March 27, 7-9pm
Location: TCES 139/141
Admission: Free

Watch the trailer here: