Personality Quiz: Am I a Wannabe Edu-Bureaucrat?

I've tapped my old Ph.D. in government skills to provide a quick, easy-to-take quiz: are you a wannabe edu-bureaucrat?


What College Rank's '30 Best College Leisure Pools' Says About Higher Ed.

College Rank's list of the best college leisure pools is remarkably revealing of the whole state of the higher ed-industrial complex.

Finland Schools Are Fine, but Helena Schools Are Heavenly

Montana has proven to me that if you focus on serious school improvements, your students will shine. No need to go all the way to Finland.


To Opt Out or Not to Opt Out: That's Not the Question

Parents should have a big say in their children's education, but opt out alone won't solve the broader problem of too much testing.


Happiness Is a Post-Standardized-Test World

The goal of education is to give students a better chance at a good life, not just a good job. Testing will not solve all our problems.


Is There a Doctor in the Education House?

We've suffered under the factory model of school reform for a dozen years, despite no research showing it works. We need a doctor for the American education system.


Giving Students a Seat at the Legislative Table

Here's a story about how students can become involved in the legislative process, told with the help of Kentucky eighth-grader Ashton Bishop.


Legislative Relationships: A Senator and a Teacher

Here's a story about how teachers and legislators can develop strong relationships, told with the help of Senator David Givens of Kentucky.


Legislative Lessons for Teachers and Education

In January 2014, the Kentucky Senate Education Committee room became my new classroom—but this time I was the student, not the teacher.


Bridges & Hedgehogs: Keys to Effective Teacher-Leader Roles

What's the most effective teacher leadership role? Use the hedgehog test to determine how to have the most impact.


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