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June 23, 2015

School Climate: What Is the Road Map to Success?

School climate is an important issue for all schools, but the direction school stakeholders is dependent on their needs. What road map is needed to provide their direction?

June 21, 2015

School Climate: Is It Fragmented, Piecemeal, and Counterproductively Competitive?

The Carnegie Task Force states, "While school systems are not responsible for meeting every need of their students, when the need directly affects learning, the school must meet the challenge." Is the competition for resources killing their chances?

June 18, 2015

John Hattie Releases 'The Politics of Distraction'

John Hattie's new research paper published by Pearson is sure to ruffle the feathers of many, but his hope is that we get passed the politics of distraction in order to focus on the things that matter.

May 31, 2015

When Politics, Philosophy, and Economics Collide in Education

Today's guest blog from the Education World Forum's Programme Director, Gavin Dykes writes about what happens when politics, economics and philosophy collide in the world of education.

May 24, 2015

Education: What Do We Hope to Prevent?

It is estimated the if US students did as well as Canadian students on PISA it would amount to around 70 trillion dollars over the lifetime of students. How do we get there? Do we need a prevention or a cure?

May 21, 2015

The NYSED Meetings: Leading to Change or More of the Same?

Like a child who regularly misbehaves, the New York State Education Department's behavior leaves educators, leaders and parents feeling uncertain, even if they are trying to do the right thing. Officials are meeting with educators and leaders from districts around the state to talk about opting out and high stakes testing. Will they really listen?

May 14, 2015

Disconnected School Leadership: 3 Areas of Concern

After posting a blog focusing on why faculty meetings are a waste of time and one on why teacher observations may not be beneficial, it is pretty clear that there are 3 areas of disconnect between teachers and school principals.

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?

April 20, 2015

Opting Out: Will It Lead to the Real Discussion About Assessment?

The opt out movement is massive across the country, but are we open to learn what the movement is teaching us?

April 02, 2015

High Noon: The Showdown Over High-Stakes Testing

In NY State high stakes testing is quickly approaching and it seems that we have hit High Noon. On one side are those who want to opt out and on the other stands the state education department and funding.

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