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March 21, 2013

Change Standards, Test Students, Measure Schools

We are being asked to lean on our students to prove we are doing our job using a single measure and we know it is not fair to them. Teachers and leaders are faced with the additional burden of being directly evaluated by these results also knowing there is an expected slump in results during these first years of implementation of an expectedly flawed process.

March 19, 2013

Implementing the Common Core and Mr. Potato Head

How can the Common Core be implemented successfully when the implementation of the Common Core (at least right now) leaves no time for professional learning, so teachers can make changes in how they think and plan for discovery, creativity, reflection, and fun.

March 17, 2013

Implementing the Common Core: Needed Time for a Change

We do not have the time to digest what the Common Core Standards are telling us to do. We need time and that essential time is not allowed. To add insult to injury, students and teachers are evaluated on test results that evaluate these standards that are new and yet unlearned.

February 14, 2013

Lead Equity Through Literacy in All Classrooms

Equal access to a good public education can be offered in every classroom through the development of literacy.

February 07, 2013

Overproducing Teachers? Stop It!

Where are the deans and college faculty who are willing to step into that partnership and the hard, invigorating work of leading change? For schools of education, the work of "higher ed" and "lower ed" cannot be separate. Our schools and our children are in the learning crucible.

February 03, 2013

Make Digital Learning Day Count

Curiosity and courage are two essential leadership factors we need in this moment when technology is taking down the schoolhouse walls. Neither moat nor policy will keep it out. It is already in the hands of our children. We cannot control it but we can guide its entry into our environments and benefit students if we understand it.

January 22, 2013

Longer School Day, Longer School Year

Now is the time to prepare our schools and avoid a swift legislative action from crashing down around us again. We can get an edge on this movement by getting ready. As leaders we have the responsibility to step up and the first step is asking good questions.

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