July 2013 Archives

The story of Paul Vallas in Connecticut is not only about a superintendent who lacked to meet certification requirements, it's about a reformer made to play by the same rules that so many educators have to play by.

Blogging is a very important medium in education these days, and it is as much about sharing with one another as it is about getting your own voice out.

If we took a break from professional development, would we really stop learning all together...or would we actually get more done?

One of the issues that school leaders understand, is when they enforce rule after rule in their school building, compliance is all they will ever get.

For too long, schools have been exposed to educational consultants who say they are experts in their field when they really lack any experience at all.

The ASCD Whole Child approach as our model and not the heavy-handed approach that some of our state education departments are taking under the guidance of the USDOE.

For some reason educators are nervous to join Twitter but they shouldn't be because it can be a game changer for anyone's career.

Third grade teacher Melissa Weatherwax knows a thing or two about technology and she offers educators a glimpse into what she uses in her classroom.

Schools have a lot of mandates and increased accountability coming at them but it doesn't mean that they have to give up on their goals of what to change about their practices.

Before you discount social media as a fad, make sure you understand how important it is, and realize that it is changing the face of how we live.

When tests served student-centered purposes, they were one piece to a puzzle that could drive instruction in a valuable way but Value-Added Data no longer does that.

The Flipped model can clearly be a fad, but it doesn't have to be if it is done with integrity.

US Secretary Arne Duncan recently gave a speech to the American Society of News Editors where he called out opponents to the Common Core State Standards but his speech led to more questions than answers.

Every organization, like the ever-growing Badass Teachers, goes through an implementation dip but they need to be careful not to let infighting get in the way of the real mission.

Sometimes school leaders talk a great deal about school climate but their actions are contradictory to the message they put out.

The opinions expressed in Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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