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November 08, 2012

Teacher Bashing Is a Loser

Across America, the final votes are being counted and recounted, but we can be sure of one result that will not change: bashing teachers is not a winning proposition in this country. American voters still believe in those teachers that helped shape their lives and that are doing the same for their c...

September 25, 2012

Teacher Town Hall Exposes Reform Challenges

Teachers are fascinating people---especially when they get a chance to express their sincere beliefs about reform and the impact of that reform on their students and themselves. They are honest, insightful, and passionate about what they do. In these times, they are also a little fed up with the tol...

July 26, 2012

National Board Makes Real Reform

It is no secret that I think the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards(NBPTS) is the best hope for building and sustaining a true teaching profession for the United States of America. I support the proposition that National Board Certification should be the norm for teachers, not an eli...

June 18, 2012

National Board Certification for All Teachers

Last week, I attended a special celebration on Capitol Hill to recognize the 25th anniversary of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), the independent board that certifies accomplished teachers in the United States. Yes, it has been 25 years since the board was created in 1...

May 14, 2012

National Teachers Hall of Fame is a Gift

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 ...

January 03, 2012

My Predictions for 2012

Happy New Year! As we approach this new year, many people will be making resolutions and anticipating what the new year will bring to education policy and politics. I am devoting this blog to my predictions for 2012. I invite you to share your predictions by making a comment or emailing me at john...

December 15, 2011

Pay Teachers What They're Worth

Education Secretary Arne Duncan said teachers should be paid six figures. That's visionary. Marc Tucker said that teachers in only three countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) were paid less than teachers in the United States. That's embarrassing. A recent ...

November 28, 2011

A Movie that Matters

I always love the holiday season. You get to go to lighthearted movies like Tower Heist or Happy Feet Two. You also get a chance to see dramas like J. Edgar, a sure bet for an Oscar. This holiday season, I want to recommend that you consider another potential Academy Award winner, this one in the ...

November 21, 2011

National Board Certification for Teachers Makes a Comeback!

Have you ever lost something and discovered that it was right in front of you? That's the way I feel about the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Everyone is running around chasing after teacher quality when the National Board discovered it 25 years ago. Millions of dollars of res...

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