Carol François explores how Daniel Pontefract's book, Flat Army, demands we change our habits and mindsets about leading and learning.


In planning her summer learning, Stephanie Hirsh turns to a favorite author, John Kotter. Explore some of his ideas on leadership and change and how his writing can help with transformation.


National education reports often have difficulty getting attention, but that was not the case when the Gallup polling organization released State of America's Schools. Rather than prescribing technocratic approaches for improving education, the report focused on the "human elements" that drive student achievement.


Research supports the value of educator collaboration. A recent report from the Rennie Center confirms that when teachers collaborate, students benefit. Too often, however, professional learning within communities of peers is merely a label.


This is the week we take time to acknowledge the incredible contributions of our teachers to our country. Their dedication and commitment leads to every great achievement in our nation.


According to evidence from research and the field, professional learning that leads to changed practices requires a commitment to a culture of continuous improvement, says Stephanie Hirsh.


Education leaders with the Nebraska Department of Education recognized that teachers and leaders are often overwhelmed by data, so they developed four simple questions for working with data that have the power to yield significant results.


Change challenges even the strongest among us. Too often, traditional professional development doesn't go far enough to produce deep change in practice, says Joellen Killion.


Carol François shares several ideas for combatting summer learning loss, both for students and educators.


Schools will have more success in addressing the issues of public education in their school systems (such as student performance, funding, school closures, and bond elections) when there is a strong group of parents who partner with their children's schools as well as with the school system as a whole, says Stephanie Hirsh and Anne Foster.


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