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October 07, 2013

Top Ten Reasons Not to Contract With Teach For America

Local districts who contract with Teach For America have a obligation to do due diligence, negotiate the best deal, and avoid duplication of funding from state and federal governments. Local districts need to examine these ten reasons not to contract with Teach For America.

September 09, 2013

Prime Time Public School Teachers

The new documentary "Teach" premiered during prime time on CBS. It follows four ordinary teachers who do extraordinary work teaching in the public schools.

June 27, 2013

Teach Oregon: Growing Great Teachers

Teach Oregon is a partnership between school districts and universities to develop a diverse workforce of great teachers. Oregon is tackling the toughest issues of teacher development that every state faces.

June 25, 2013

Dumbing Down America's Teachers

Advanced degrees are an important part of the teaching profession. Researchers who limit their research to a test score have undermined the complexity of teaching and enabled anti-intellectual politicians to do harm to teachers.

June 03, 2013

More Vetoes of Teach For America Needed

Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota vetoed a legislative appropriation to Teach For America because he knew their business plan was to seek funding from cash-strapped states while maintaining a well-funded organization. Nevada and North Carolina are going down the same path. They should learn fiscal responsibility from this savvy governor.

May 16, 2013

There Is Only One Effective Teacher Evaluation

Teacher evaluations that are being perpetrated on teachers by politicians and reformers are wrong-headed. Peer Assistance and Review programs offer the best method that assure teacher quality.

December 19, 2012

Teachers Deserve Higher Salaries With Those Standards

For the last decade, the salaries of teachers have increased only 3.4 per cent when you factor in inflation. It is time to prioritize higher salaries with those higher standards.

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...

July 23, 2012

Teach For America Fails 21st-Century Test

At a recent institute sponsored by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, I heard a well-known researcher and thought leader give his definition of 21st skills. His definition had three parts: the curriculum and pedagogy of the most prestigious, elite schools of the world, like Eton College; infor...

May 17, 2012

Sahlberg's New Book is Worth the Read

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 no...

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