NY Times writer Frank Bruni wrote a powerful commentary about being gay and fearful, something which many of our LGBT student populations feels on a daily basis.

Recently, only 30% of NY State 3rd-8th graders met proficiency standards on the first state assessments that are tied to the Common Core State Standards. Is it the public school system that is ineffective or the state education department?

In public education we seem to be surrounded by self-fulfilling prophecies and we have to figure out how to not let them ruin our present system.

Today is Scott McLeod's 7th anniversary of Leadership Day and my contribution is how I use my iPad to complete evidence-based teacher observations.

Too many people talk about the CCSS as if they will be the silver bullet to end our poverty issues. They won't, and when we send that message it sets us all up for failure.

Being an educator means feeding that constant need to learn and connect with others.

They told us not to worry about the more difficult state assessments in a year they were tied to teacher and administrator evaluations.

Since World War II schools have been taking on the role of social service agent. In our present system of accountability and mandates, is it time to rethink the school's role in the lives of students?

Evidence-based observations can stretch the thinking of teachers and principals, but as soon as point scales come to play, it cheapens the educational process.

We all fail in life, but some families want to prevent their children from failure, which is too bad because we can learn a lot from it.

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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