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November 01, 2013

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: Westendorf, Mehta, and Kingsland

Whew! It's been a hectic couple months in Washington. Shutdowns, massive web glitches, WWII veterans storming memorials. I need a bit of a breather. More to the point, I've got a new book out and am due to spend a good chunk of the month running around and talking to folks about Breakthrough Leadership in the Digital Age. The upshot: I'm going to take a few weeks respite from blogging. We'll have three weeks of guest blogs and then return to regularly scheduled programming during Thanksgiving week.

August 30, 2013

Feeding Back Motivation

Note: Michael Bromley, founder and president of School4schools.com, is guest posting this week. In an earlier post this week on PD, I proposed four core teacher functions of planning, application, assessment, and feedback. Today I'd like to focus on teacher feedback to students. Of all the core tea...

August 28, 2013

PD Stands for 'Perverse Incentives'

Note: Michael Bromley, founder and president of School4schools.com, is guest posting this week. Every year that I taught high school social studies was my best year ever. Even after my first, which I wrapped up as, "it can't possibly be any worse," I pledged to do better the next. Things got better...

August 27, 2013

Bad Dogs or Bad Owners?

Note: Michael Bromley, founder and president of School4schools.com, is guest posting this week. Had a New York moment this holiday. Trying to find some green, or at least brown, space in Midtown Manhattan for our two suburban pups, my wife and I came upon a doggie section in Madison Square Park. W...

August 23, 2013

So What If Google's '20 Percent Time' Is Dead? Let It Live on in Schools!

Note: Jennifer Medbery, founder and CEO of Kickboard, is guest posting this week. I've been loosely following the Internet chatter about the demise of Google's popular and longstanding policy of allowing employees to devote 20% of their time to projects and interests outside the scope of their day ...

August 21, 2013

Academic Swagger, Work Ethic, and the Role We Play Outside of Classroom Walls

Note: Jennifer Medbery, founder and CEO of Kickboard, is guest posting this week. "Parents are constantly telling me that they fear they are losing the war of values. Their children - our scholars - are barraged by competing messages from television, music, and older kids in their neighborhoods. ...

August 20, 2013

All I Really Need to Know About Collaboration I Learned in Kindergarten

Note: Jennifer Medbery, founder and CEO of Kickboard, is guest posting this week. It's mid-August, and here in New Orleans that means this week is the first week of school for most students. Specifically, I've got Kindergarten on the brain. Just yesterday, I had the opportunity to watch 75 six-y...

August 16, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part V: Time to "Re-question" Special Education

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. Thanks again to Rick and his assistant, Max Eden, for letting me pinch hit this week. Before jumping to today's topic, I'd like to reflect on the responses to this week's posts. My thoughts on the Ben...

August 15, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part IV: Poverty Reduction as Education Reform

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. A truism among ed reformers is that poverty is a problem, but we can't do much about it, therefore we can't let poverty be an excuse for poor learning results. I bought into this for many years, but n...

August 14, 2013

The Angry Moderate Reformer, Part III: It's as American as Academic Freedom, Political Intimidation, and Apple Pie

Note: Jonathan Plucker, a Professor at the University of Connecticut, is guest posting this week. Before one of my students once took a specific course, I pulled him aside and suggested he moderate his expectations, as those faculty held some pretty extreme political views. I noted it would be a go...

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