Ernie Zarra, Ph.D.
Ernie Zarra currently teaches Advanced Placement and College Prep United States Government and Economics to seniors at the highly state-decorated and top-ranked Centennial High School in Bakersfield. He also serves as a popular adjunct professor of education at CSU Bakersfield. Dr. Zarra has five earned degrees, including a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning Theory from USC, with cognates in psychology and technology. He is an author, national conference presenter, a district professional development leader, and a member of several national honor societies.
Helping Parents Understand the Minds and Hearts of Generation Z takes parents into the daily lives of their 24-7, wired-up children. It allows parents and children to speak for themselves. This highly practical book provides parents insights into how Gen Z thinks, the ways their brains learn, and illustrates why children of this technological generation believe and act the ways they do.
The Entitled Generation: Helping Teachers Teach and Reach the Minds and Hearts of Generation Z brings teachers into the twenty-first century world of 24-7 technologically-wired up and social media-driven students. This book asks teachers to consider pragmatic and sensible ways to teach Gen Z and to understand the differences between today's students and those of the past.
The 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has again changed education for public schools and communities. Common Core is now optional and the role of Secretary of Education has been limited by no longer incentivizing states, as done under Common Core. This book analyzes the new direction today's schools must pursue for student learning and their success beyond high school.
The Wrong Direction for Today’s Schools: The Impact of Common Core on American Education is an in-depth analysis of the newest national American education fad, intended to replace the 2002 incarnation of the ESEA, No Child Left Behind. Zarra delves into the “seeds” that produced the Common Core Standards, as well as the groups involved in the political and corporate pressure to completely revamp America’s K-16 education system. The author lays out a strong case for political motives involving the advancement for nationalized education, such as those found in select European and Asian nations. Zarra also follows the funding and provides solid documentation and analysis of ...
Why are so many public school teachers, administrators, and coaches choosing to become romantically and sexually involved with teenage students and players? Since 2000, numbers of intimate relationships between teachers and students have skyrocketed. Teacher arrests are at all-time highs. Is there a correlation between these relationships and communication and social technologies?