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May 25, 2016

Inclusive Education: What Can We Learn From Ontario?

Many leaders and teachers aren't prepared to engage in inclusive education, and students are sitting back saying, "Make it relevant or make it stop."

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.

May 18, 2016

Playing It Straight: The (Re)Making of an Early-Childhood Teacher

Gender stereotypes often appear very early in a child's life, and early-childhood teachers often help support those stereotypes.

May 15, 2016

5 Reasons Your Teaching Team May Be Dysfunctional

Initiatives come and go, and many often fail. But perhaps the failure isn't to be blamed on the initiative, but the dysfunction of the team that adopted it. And there are 5 dysfunctions that all teams encounter.

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.

April 10, 2016

Why Is Educational Innovation Like Hand Washing?

It sounds strange, but innovation is like hand washing, because it's difficult to infuse and sustain.

March 17, 2016

Do Teachers Need Response to Intervention?

Response to Intervention (RTI) has been proven to work with students. Why don't we use it with teachers?

March 14, 2016

Is Collaboration One-Sided?

Too often, education leaders believe that the point of collaboration is to further their own interests.

March 12, 2016

Why We Shouldn't Hire From the Gut

We often approach interviews as a "desexualized version of a date" and hire from the gut. There are many reasons why that's the wrong way to go.

March 06, 2016

Ability Grouping or Mixed Grouping: A Point of Contention?

In a recent blog post, Shirley Clarke wrote about how ability grouping doesn't work, and it raised quite a stir. I would suggest that mixed-ability grouping doesn't either, because many people use it by name alone.

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