Teachers Need a Professional Association

It's high time that true professionalism is embraced as an essential part of the education reform movement, and AAE is the change we need.


'Yes, I Am a Teacher in a Public Charter School!'

"YES, I am a teacher in a charter school!" These words can be controversial in some circles, but here's why I've chosen this path.


Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: AAE, Goldhaber, Kraft, & Charbonneau

I'm going to take a blog break in August, but while I'm away, I'll be leaving you in some exceptionally capable hands.


A Few Lessons That AP U.S. History Can Teach the Common Core

Today, the College Board released its newly revised AP U.S. History framework, which has some intriguing parallels to the Common Core kerfuffle.


10 Things I've Learned While Talking Cage-Busting

As I've traveled, talked about The Cage-Busting Teacher, and heard reactions, I've found several things particularly striking.


7 Lessons From Race to the Top

Five years on, we can draw at least seven lessons from Race to the Top.


We Definitely Don't Need a 'National Education Plan'

I couldn't disagree more with the argument for a "national education plan." There's a time and place for national plans, but education is not it.


A Checklist for Fixing ESEA

Yesterday, the House passed the Student Success Act, but there's still a ways to go before a final bill. Here's a checklist for a final bill to "fix" NCLB.


Ignore the Distractions in This Week's Senate ECAA Debate

By August, the House and Senate could each pass an ESEA reauthorization bill. But lately they've struggled with not only the inevitable disagreements, but also unnecessary distractions.


Beware of Superintendents Who Push for Too Much Reform

After Mike Miles's resignation as superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District, here are some thoughts for districts in transition.


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