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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 15, 2015

12 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2016

2016 is quickly approaching and there are at least 12 issues that will divide schools. We all need to eliminate that division and work on how to address them.

December 10, 2015

Have Leaders Asked These Questions Before Adopting a New Initiative?

Our conveyor belts are filled with curriculum and initiatives that weren't worth our time. There are at least 10 questions schools should ask before they buy what consultants are selling.

November 17, 2015

The Charter Funding Conflict: Where's the Accountability for State Ed.?

Over the years the NY State Education Department has forced accountability and compliance through mandates, but a recent story by WNYT (Albany, NY, NBC affiliate) should force us to ask why the State Education Department doesn't play by their own rules.

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.

October 05, 2015

What's the Opposite of Top-Down Leadership?

How do we encourage that kind of partnership in other schools, because I'm not sure more accountability is the way to do it.

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?

August 31, 2015

Is Motivation a Major Factor in Test Scores?

Do tests reflect what students know...or their motivation and test taking skills?

August 18, 2015

Is Your Professional Development a Waste of Time?

In a new report by TNTP, they found that a large percentage of professional development doesn't have a high impact on teacher development. Is that really a surprise to teachers?

July 24, 2015

8 Ways to Prevent Within School Variability

The difference in teacher expertise within schools has a huge impact on learning within the classroom. Instead of staying in silos, school leaders should be harnessing what John Hattie calls the Power of Collaborative Expertise.

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