When it comes to school climate, our focus should be on learning and not rule following.
To structure the evaluative process around students' attainment of capriciously established, even if well intentioned, growth targets (SLO's) is downright silly!
There is a growing movement to opt out of state testing but there are pros and cons that should weigh into the decision, and schools should not be held accountable regardless of a parent's decision.
Unfortunately, with our present accountability system that focuses on numbers more than social-emotional learning, conferences are at risk of focusing more on what children can't do rather than what they can. Flipping the conference can lead to a more positive outcome.
In these days of high accountability and misinformation about the public school system, branding is more important than ever.
Schools have to keep a lot of "data" but the most important data they could get is through the use of a school climate assessment.
Perhaps in the future N.Y. Times columnist Mr. Bruni should take off his bubble wrap and enter into a public school system to get a more well-rounded view of the Common Core before he begins portraying children and their parents as weak.
In this time of great accountability some leaders have threatened to call CPS on parents who opt their children out of testing. Education does not need more leaders who create fear and diminish creativity; education needs multipliers who see the gifts of those around them.
Professional development these days seems to be more about compliance than good teaching practices. Edcamps are an increasingly popular way to bring collaboration back into professional development.
Many educators question whether we need standards because we should personalize learning. Is it possible to do both?