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December 06, 2015

Feedback That Supports Learning for Everyone

Feedback that is descriptive, anchored, timely, meaningful, and respectful can increase the likelihood that the receiver can and will use it to improve upon the work.

September 01, 2015

Common-Core Test Results: A Reflection of Convoluted Policy

Educational leadership calls for both knowledge and wisdom. Both are needed now, it seems, more than ever.

August 04, 2015

Leading to Reduce Stressors in the System

What if stress could be avoided?

June 23, 2015

The Common Core Is Not the Problem

It is the assessments and how they are used that is the heart of the issue.

June 18, 2015

Teachers and Leaders: Question the Meaning and Purpose of Evaluation

No matter the intention of the assessment of performance, whether of student, teacher, or principal, the result is an evaluation that is most often received as a judgment of and a stopping place for the evaluated.

May 17, 2015

Assessment, Grades, and Feedback: Where Do You Stand Now?

When done well, the evaluation process is open and fair, well communicated, and in the best of cases, leaves room for improvement before a final, summative evaluation takes place.

April 21, 2015

Accountability, Assessment, and Atlanta: Lessons for Educators

No longer is it about how one teaches, it is about what children learn. The stakes have changed.

April 09, 2015

Will New Teacher Evaluation Requirements and Increased Focus on Standardized Testing Have Any Positive Results?

How can we assess teachers as doing a good job or not, if the system in which they are working does not allow for designing the learning opportunities required to prepare their students?

March 04, 2015

Common Core and PARCC: What About the Children?

There are questions about the value of national standards, the appropriate nature of some of the standards in the earlier grades, and angst about the use of standardized testing to change teaching and learning and evaluate students and teachers.

February 26, 2015

'The Deweys': Schools' Answer to the Academy Awards

Awards, which are really an example of the highest grade, are effective only if those being graded have the information about what they are being graded on and how.

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