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May 22, 2016

What Should We Expect Preservice Teachers to Know?

Many preservice teachers are just graduating, and a brand new teaching experience awaits them in the fall; and it's one that they will have to negotiate without a net. Hopefully their professors have prepared them, but there are at least 10 areas that they need to have on their minds when they enter the classroom.

April 19, 2016

The Myth of Walkthroughs: 8 Unobserved Practices in Classrooms

Walkthroughs can offer enormous learning opportunities for teachers and leaders, but unfortunately they focus on at least 8 myths that aren't offering the biggest bang for the buck.

March 28, 2016

Instructional Coaches: Here's 1 Way to Show Evidence of Impact

Instructional coaches help teachers understand the impact they, as teachers, are having on their students. This tool may help instructional coaches understand the impact they are having, as coaches, on the teachers they work with.

March 03, 2016

Are You Making Good Data-Driven Decisions?

The challenge for all schools is to decide what story the data they collect will tell them, and this is one way to help weed that out.

February 23, 2016

Changing State Testing From the 'Autopsy' Model

How do we get leaders and policymakers to step away from the autopsy model of assessment that state tests seem to focus on?

February 15, 2016

Why Ability Grouping Doesn't Work

With random talk partners as the classroom set-up, students are already involved in mixed-ability learning, which is important because we need to take account of the substantial research which shows that grouping students by ability makes them less successful.

November 06, 2015

Flipped Leadership Is Collaborative Leadership

Flipping for the sake of flipping is not enough to move the dial of learning. In this co-authored blog between Peter DeWitt and John Hattie, they discuss the reason why true learning in school needs collaborative leadership.

September 25, 2015

What Is PISA?

When presidents and leaders of developed countries talk about how their education system is doing in comparison to other systems around the world, they use PISA as the data for the discussion, but many educators know very little about PISA. What is PISA?

September 08, 2015

A Few Ideas for Flipped Faculty Meetings

Within-school variability, when it comes to teachers expertise, is an issue in most schools. Here are a few ways that the flipped faculty meeting can help build teacher efficacy, and minimize the within-school variability.

May 03, 2015

When the Governor Sneezes the Whole State Catches a Cold

Nowhere in the US is education more of a political hotbed than in NY State. The Senate is getting ready to hold meetings around Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), but will the Governor listen?

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