When questions arise about some aspect of assessment or grading, educators today seldom turn to reliable sources of research or evaluation evidence. They don't look for well-designed studies that have been published in reputable journals. Instead they turn to books, blogs, and social media as their primary sources of information. Basing policies and practices on the opinions gathered from books, blogs, and social media is a sure ticket to disaster.


Many instructional coaches enter into the position with high hopes to have an impact on teachers and students, but many soon find out that the position becomes a dumping ground for "Duties as assigned."


The mental health of school counselors, nurses, school leaders, and teachers are at risk, and they may only need 10 minutes to help alleviate their stress.


Schools can't afford to ignore the news media until a negative issue takes place.


Recently, NAESP released a thorough study explaining the many challenges of school leadership. In an effort to help meet the challenges leaders search for professional development opportunities. Is leadership coaching a form of professional development they are forgetting?


As we approach a year after the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Va., what has changed? How do we talk to students about it?


Let's provide more opportunities in school so children learn how to make decisions and develop an internal locus of control. This way a child can influence events and outcomes in their own lives and in return, we will have more children who are potentially less anxious and depressed, all which inhibits their true potential as human beings.


More than half of school leaders leave the position within their first five years. Isn't about time we starting asking why?


For too many university students, and K-12 students for that matter, classroom lectures can take our attention away from learning and put students in a state of boredom. Fortunately, there are tools that can easily be used by teachers/professors, and can bring back the engagement students need.


Lately, the term "thought leader' has been thrown around a lot to describe people who write books or blogs, and there are at least three reasons we should stop using the term.


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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