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February 21, 2017

A Cage-Busting Curriculum for Teachers

This Thursday I'm publishing the "Cage-Busting Curriculum"—a free online resource intended to help educators master the ideas and tools presented in The Cage-Busting Teacher.

July 27, 2015

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.

April 02, 2015

How to Help K-12 Policymakers Help You

Public employees are always subject to political decisions, which may or may not reflect their interests. But here's what they can do to help policymakers help them.

March 30, 2015

Why Can't Politicians Get Out of Schooling?

I understand why teachers get frustrated with politicians' involvement in schooling. But I tell them to look with fresh eyes at how things appear to policymakers.

March 26, 2015

Cage-Busting the Way to the Social Justice Humanitas Academy

The Cage-Busting Teacher will officially launch in a few weeks. When I talk about it, people naturally want examples—so here's one.

March 23, 2015

What Cage-Busters Believe

Let's discuss what cage-busting teachers believe, rather than what they are.

March 11, 2015

A Breakout Role for Teachers

Cage-busters see the classroom as a place of possibility, not a prison. They celebrate those who choose to seek new possibilities, inside or outside of the classroom.

March 04, 2015

What It Takes for Teachers to Lead

Across the U.S., teachers and "reformers" have been engaged in a heated stand-off. My forthcoming book, The Cage-Busting Teacher, focuses on helping teachers lead us to a better place.

July 07, 2014

Teachers Should Just Say No to Cheap Talk & Lip Service

Teachers get lots of lip service, misty-eyed declarations of admiration, and cloying tributes. These platitudes are the junk food of speechmaking. But there's a bigger problem. This isn't how we talk to professionals. Cage-busting teachers don't just get this, they do something about it.

June 05, 2014

Why Can't Politicians Get Out of Schooling?

Well, I'm starting to enter the back stretch on my next book, The Cage-Busting Teacher. It's due off to Harvard Ed Press in September, and should be out in early March. I thought I'd start sharing some of the themes, mostly because I'd love to hear your reactions, criticisms, questions, and suggestions. Today's is a topic that I'm often struck by, particularly when smart and engaged educators bemoan the fact that lawmakers won't let them be.

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