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May 21, 2015

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.

May 20, 2015

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.

May 19, 2015

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.

May 18, 2015

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.

May 15, 2015

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.

May 13, 2015

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.

May 11, 2015

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.

May 08, 2015

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.

May 07, 2015

A Superintendent's Perspective on Teacher Leadership

In Washington, D.C., the Teacher Leadership Innovation (TLI) School Pilot is in its third year. Here are a DCPS superintendent's observations of TLI.

May 06, 2015

New Orleans' Big Education Export

As the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, we'll hear lots about New Orleans. But we probably won't hear about one essential feature of their education restart: teacher leadership development.

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