May 2012 Archives

I have had the pleasure of working with some great teachers who happen to be registered Republicans, and they've been pretty loyal to their Party's nominees in the past. They have let me know how disappointed they have been with the current administration's preoccupation with using student test data for everything from employee evaluations to salary increases. This has been their "talk to the hand" response when I have tried to persuade them with other arguments that favor this administration. It's been a tough sell up till now. But low and behold, their party's candidate has come forth with an ...


In case you missed my book review published on Catherine A. Cardno's blog BookMarks, also a part of Education Week, I thought I would provide you another opportunity. Book Review: Wilson on Sahlberg, Finnish Lessons We have studied them. We have admired them. We have envied them. What we have not done is figure out how to replicate them. Who are they? They are the strongest performers in the world when it comes to academic achievement. They are the schools of Finland. Pasi Sahlberg, the director general of the Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation at the Finnish Ministry of ...


Tell the truth. Did you even know there is a National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF)? Do you know where it is located? Do you know how to nominate someone for induction? If you support the teaching profession, you really should know the answers to these questions. Last week, I had the opportunity to meet the newly-announced 2012 inductees into this special Hall of Fame for teachers. The event honoring the inductees was hosted by the National Education Association with Secretary Arne Duncan offering heartfelt words about these special teachers. I represented the Pearson Foundation,the premier event sponsor. Other ...


This is Teacher Appreciation Week. It is a time to honor the men and women who strive daily to provide every child in every classroom with an opportunity for a bright future. It is not a time to attack teachers' salaries, benefits, job security, or professionalism. For this one week of the year, let's declare a ceasefire on the current war against America's teachers. For those of you who challenge my contention that there is a war on teachers, let me give you some facts. The war began on November 2, 2010, when voters elected a group of politicians who ...


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