Accountability is a good thing, especially when it means asking professionals to be responsible for doing their job and doing it well. But when it involves public officials worrying about the opinion of armchair quarterbacks, that's not accountability. It's an exercise in unaccountable play-acting.

Eric Kalenze closes out our month of terrific guest blogging with some steps educators can take to become more research-informed.

Guest blogger Eric Kalenze continues the conversation about education's newly developed "research-and-evidence pulse" by today discussing how recognizing and dealing with bad implementation habits is important if we want to exercise this pulse.

Rounding out a month of guest blogging is veteran blogger Eric Kalenze. In the wake of the Thanksgiving holiday, Eric gives thanks that the education field has developed a pulse when it comes to using research and evidence.

Alex Baron closes out a week of guest blogging with an analysis of the complexities of student motivation. How do we know whether a student needs a push or a hug?

Today, guest blogger Alex Baron discusses some of the challenges policymakers and practitioners face when trying to scale "research-based" education reforms.

Alex Baron begins a week of guest blogging with a discussion about what he calls "the pedagogy of the compressed." When determining whether to add a new task to teachers' loads, we must ask ourselves whether it is relatively more important than the task from which the requisite energy will be transferred.

Bill Hughes rounds out a week of guest blogging with some lessons learned from his work with Seton Catholic Schools, and some guiding questions that measure the impact of his team's work and help them to constantly improve.

Today, guest blogger Bill Hughes continues the conversation around how Seton Catholic Schools is transforming Catholic education in Milwaukee with a look at Seton's commitment to talent development.

Guest blogger Bill Hughes argues that as technology like Smartboards, iPads, and Chromebooks become more common in American classrooms, the era of the textbook is coming to an end.

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