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August 14, 2016

Who Are Transnational Students?

Schools are dealing with an increasingly diverse population of students, which include transnational students. Who are they and why should we care?

August 11, 2016

Yes, Differentiation Is Hard. So, Let's Get It Right.

Differentiation is a word that makes some teachers shudder, but we know it's important, so let's get it right.

August 07, 2016

School Leadership: Stop Saying It's 'Going to the Dark Side'

So often leaders hear that they are "Going to the dark side" when they enter into school leadership. We need to stop treating leaders like they're leaving the trenches when they're actually right there in them with teachers.

August 01, 2016

Why Don't Educators Want to Be Coached?

In less than a week we will all be leaning in watching the Olympics. Thousands of athletes who have worked for years with their coach to improve in their sport. Why don't more teachers take advantage of the coaches they have in their buildings?

July 29, 2016

3 Reasons We May Never Be Like Finland

We know that Finland is great when it comes to education, and we want to be more like them, but there are at least three reasons why we may never get there.

July 24, 2016

Why Collaboration Doesn't Work

If we consider what it is we want to collaborate on, the process to take, the people involved, and how it all fits into our context, collaboration can be very powerful. Many times however, it all falls flat and these are some of the reasons why.

July 19, 2016

Synergy or Consensus: Which One Do You Build?

Compliant learning. We all engage in it, and then do it to our students. It leads to consensus building rather than synergizing where we build the best ideas together. We need to meet, model and motivate in order to synergize those best ideas.

July 17, 2016

6 Beliefs to Help Prevent Communication Breakdown

We enter into conversations all the time without thinking much about it, and we certainly don't practice the art of communication like we train before a 5K. All of that can lead to a communication breakdown, and here are 6 ways to make sure that doesn't happen.

July 12, 2016

Equity and Academic-Language Access for ELLs and SELs

All students can benefit from academic language development modeling, scaffolding, and practice, but ELLs and SELs need it to survive and thrive in school.

July 10, 2016

Professional Development: Are You Content With the Scenario?

Professional development is done with us, and sometimes it's done to us. When it comes to your professional development, are you content with the scenario? If so, here are a few ways to change that.

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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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