Today, guest blogger Heather Harding talks with two former teachers about their transition into instructional coaching, and the tension between wanting to engage with students and developing one's skills and knowledge in a new position.


This week, you'll hear from guest blogger and longtime reader favorite Heather Harding. Heather kicks off the week by discussing reforms to identify, retain, and prepare high-quality teachers—and why it's still important that we pay attention to these things.


To close out his week of guest blogging, Michael Sonbert discusses why school leaders should embrace real-time feedback—even the potentially awkward interactions that come with it.


Michael Sonbert continues his week of guest blogging by discussing how school leaders can impact student achievement by prioritizing teacher coaching and feedback over quick wins.


Michael Sonbert kicks off our first week of guest blogging by offering one of the four mindsets he coaches school leaders to adopt through his work with Skyrocket: Execution is everything.


Over the next few weeks, I'll be taking a summer respite and resting up for what's sure to be an exhausting fall election season. While I'm gone, we've got a stellar lineup of folks who've kindly agreed to step in. Here's who you can look forward to reading over the next few weeks.


I recently had the chance to chat with Leading Educators' departing CEO Jonas Chartock about the organization, which works with over 700 teacher leaders to transform professional learning for over 2,400 teachers.


Today, I chat with Nat Malkus, who's been tracking the implications of Janus v. AFSCME. He discusses how important parts of the decision might have gotten lost amid the fevered early coverage.


People seem to have a lot of concerns about personalized learning, and not enough opportunities to voice them. Today, I share a note from Steve Peha on the value of recognizing the limits of technology and digital curriculum mapping.


One of the nice things about summer is that it's a good time for reflection. One thing I found myself thinking about is the role philanthropy plays in the work we do, especially in the aftermath of RAND's harsh evaluation of Gates' Effective Teacher Initiative.


The opinions expressed in Rick Hess Straight Up are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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