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March 01, 2016

Should Teachers 'Come Out'?

Why is it that straight teachers can talk about their lives, but as soon as a gay teacher talks about hers it has to be about pushing an agenda?

January 24, 2016

School Climate Still Has a Long Way to Go

A recent guest blog by a transgender teacher ended up highlighting why school climate continues to be such an issue, and it seems as though many times it's the adults who are at fault.

January 05, 2016

It's the Hard That Makes It Good: Developing True Grit

A lot has been written, both good and bad, about 'Grit," but it's the hard learning that makes learning so good.

December 27, 2015

16 Books Educators Should Consider Reading in 2016

New books focusing on education come out every day. Some gain a wide audience while others don't have the machine behind them to help promote. Here are 16 books that educators should consider reading in 2016.

December 06, 2015

The Problem With Having a 'Growth Mindset'

The problem with the growth mindset, and why it's sometimes a low-hanging fruit, is that school leaders and teachers do a book study on it, but their practices really don't change as much as their monologue does.

November 08, 2015

How Do We Contribute to the Stories of Our Students?

On any given day we contribute to the stories of our students. Some of us continue the tragedy while others help inspire a new ending. How do you contribute to the story of your students?

October 08, 2015

5 Questions to Ask a CEO Before a District Takeover

Youngstown used to be a boomtown, and now politicians see it as broken. In a few weeks the school district may be handed over to a CEO. Here are 5 questions to ask them before handing them the keys.

September 30, 2015

Do We Provoke Misbehavior in Our Students?

In our effort to create optimal learning spaces and focus on learning, are teachers actually provoking the misbehavior that prevents them from getting to that learning with students?

September 15, 2015

How Do We Get Students to Stand Up for Each Other?

According to DoSomething.org "Over 3.2 million students get bullied each year" and "Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying." The National School Climate Center and the Tony Blair Faith Foundation are trying to inspire students to stand up for one another using a format that is typically used for bullying.

September 06, 2015

That's Not Mainstreaming!

If you don't forcibly build joint ownership into mainstreaming, you will not get mainstreaming other than in name, and there's little special about a teacher rushing around a class putting her finger in innumerable leaks.

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