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February 27, 2011

Pay Cuts for Professionals: On Human Capital, Not Workers' Rights

@eduleadership The recent anti-union turmoil in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, and New Jersey has many commentators wondering about the fate of public-sector unions in the U.S. Teachers seem to be the primary target of Gov. Scott Walker's proposed changes in Wisconsin, but as NPR notes, anti-union senti...

February 11, 2011

Earned Autonomy In Practice

@eduleadership Part of an ongoing dialogue with Steve Peha—see my original post, Steve's initial response, my first reply, and Steve's latest follow-up. Dear Steve, I think you're right to point to competence as a key issue in motivation, as Dan Pink explains in Drive. Certainly, increased c...

February 10, 2011

Competence and Earned Autonomy

@eduleadership Part of an ongoing dialogue with Steve Peha—see my original post, Steve's initial response, and my first reply. Steve writes: Justin, You had some great thoughts today. Looking for parallels with other professions is always worthwhile. And I love, of course, that you brought ...

February 08, 2011

How Much Autonomy is Right for Professionals?

@eduleadership Dear Steve, Thank you for your thoughtful response to my recent post on curriculum-based assessment. You make a compelling case that over-standardizing teaching may have the unintended consequence of making it a less appealing profession: Imagine that you are a talented principal in...

February 02, 2011

Fast-Tracking Leaders with No Teaching Experience Into the Principalship

@eduleadership If you were worried that we're running out of proposals to fix education by taking it out of the hands of educators, rest easy. Washington House Bill 1593 would establish alternative routes to certification for principals, purportedly to address the shortage of qualified school leade...

January 29, 2011

Washington Bill Would End Seniority-Based Layoffs

@eduleadership Washington state Sen. Rodney Tom (D-Medina) has introduced a bill (full text PDF) to require school districts to conduct layoffs based on performance ratings over the previous two years. This would overturn the near-universal practice of laying off teachers with the least seniority i...

January 17, 2011

On Being a Professional and an Employee

@eduleadership I believe that teaching is a profession, but that it differs from other white-collar professions in several important respects, not the least of which is the employer-employee relationship between districts and individual educators. If there is any doubt that educators are employees...

January 09, 2011

Ending Seniority-Based Layoffs: Silver Bullet?

@eduleadership Last-in, first-out policies have attracted enormous attention in recent years as economic conditions have necessitated teacher layoffs around the country. Should we let our newest teachers go, or should we use information about performance to decide who should be dismissed? Dan Gold...

December 26, 2010

Who Benefits from Low Standards in Teacher Ed Programs?

@eduleadership What responsibility do teacher education programs have toward public school students? When a teacher education program's own self interest or the interest of its enrollees conflicts with the interests of K-12 students, what is the ethical course of action? Teacher education programs...

December 07, 2010

Career Ladders for Educators

In a comment on my recent post on merit pay at LeaderTalk, reader Tgoble outlined a system for paying and promoting teachers based on their performance that I think deserves more attention. I will draw heavily on this description to make, for the sake of discussion, a proposal of my own: I agree,...

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