What Do You Want to Be to the Field of Education?

Education is more than a job, it's a calling. As we all enter into a new school year, we need to ask ourselves what we want to be to the field of education.


8 Ways to Prevent Within School Variability

The difference in teacher expertise within schools has a huge impact on learning within the classroom. Instead of staying in silos, school leaders should be harnessing what John Hattie calls the Power of Collaborative Expertise.


7 Words to Know When Helping Transgender Students

When the topic of the LGBTQ curriculum comes up in discussion, it brings about very strong feelings. The NY State Education Department's guidance on transgender students will certainly add fuel to the fire.


Do Students Have a Brand?

School leaders are beginning to brand their schools to share the positive messages about learning and open up the school walls to let parents in on the secret of school. But are we also responsible for branding students in a way that stifles them?


Why a 'Growth Mindset' Won't Work

John Hattie's research shows that growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset has an effect size of .19, which is below the Hinge Point, and the biggest reason why the growth mindset may not work is in the classroom.


Have You Been Teaching the Same Grade Too Long?

We may think the best grade we ever taught is the one we are teaching in now, when the best grade we ever taught may end up being the one we were afraid to try.


Wish That I Could Be Like the Cool Kids

As much as we may try to be a part of one group, we don't totally feel comfortable, so we find that we are marginalized...sometimes even by our own doing. It happens to students all the time.


3 Reasons Why Many Schools Won't Offer LGBT Curriculum

The Supreme Court made an important and historic decision in the courtroom, and schools should start to make the same historic decision so topics and issues of all minoritized students can be addressed in the classroom.


Summer School: No News Is Bad News

CNN's student programming ended for the Summer on June 5th. Does that mean there is nothing for children to learn all Summer?


3 Reasons Why Your Twitter Ego Could Destroy Your Message

In this day and age of celebrities popping up in reality television, Twitter is bringing in a whole new version of "edustars." Unfortunately, their message may be getting lost in their desire to be popular.


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