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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...

July 10, 2012

Reinventing the Largest Teachers' Union

It has often been said that changing the National Education Association is like turning around a large battleship, but that has not stopped Dennis Van Roekel, the current president, from working to forge a consensus around changed policy among his constituents. In the face of declining membership, D...

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...

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 ...

March 05, 2012

Tenure Protects Good Teachers

Okay! Okay! I know teachers do not have tenure in the pure definition of guaranteed lifetime employment that was available in some higher education institutions long ago. Instead, teachers have fair employment and dismissal procedures that protect them from dismissal for arbitrary, capricious, and d...

February 13, 2012

Flunking 3rd Graders is Not an Intervention

It may surprise a lot of you, but I am a great reading teacher. It could be because I was a great reader and loved reading everything I got my hands on. It could be because I had great education professors who taught me how to teach reading through phonics and whole language. It could even be that I...

January 18, 2012

Loving and Hating Teach For America

There has certainly been a lot of traffic about Teach For America (TFA) in the cyberworld lately. It all started with the audacious nerve of Dennis Van Roekel, President of the National Education Association, and Wendy Kopp, CEO of Teach for America, daring to appear together with Secretary Duncan t...

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 ...

December 08, 2011

NEA's Gift to Teachers

Tis the season for gift giving, and the National Education Association has given America's teachers a beautiful present wrapped, tied with a bow, and perfect for use in 2012. The gift was a guide to a substantially elevated teaching profession and, best of all, the responsibility for that professi...

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 ...

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