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August 26, 2014

For Teacher Training, On-the-Job, Contextualized Support Is Key

What we believe contributes most to a teacher's success is the support available at school. Realizing this, we created our own teacher training and certification program.

August 25, 2014

One Secret to Success at YES Prep: Hiring the Right People

What's the secret sauce at YES Prep? This week, we will discuss the main driver of our success: the quality of our people. Let's start with how we hire them.

August 22, 2014

Secretary Duncan's Course Correction on Teacher Evaluation

Secretary Duncan announced that states will get additional flexibility and time to get teacher evaluation right. But will his announcement bring about change?

August 21, 2014

4 Steps to Successfully Personalize Learning in Your School

There are certainly challenges in adopting personalized learning, but I believe the benefits are more compelling each day. Here are 4 critical steps when launching a personalized learning initiative.

August 20, 2014

How Schools Can Benefit from Personalized Learning—and Keep Data Safe

Data is necessary to adequately define and address student needs. How can a school protect student information and still benefit from personalizing instruction?

August 19, 2014

(Unintentionally) Ironic Blended-Learning Study Shows Principals How to Avoid Critical Mistake

The tendency to standardize content even permeates professional development for personalized learning. So how can principals give personalized learning a real chance to succeed?

August 18, 2014

How Schools Accidentally Undermine Their Personalized Learning

Differentiated learning is sorely needed, but sometimes personalized learning technology creates a gap--and a tension--between individual learning time and teacher-led instruction time.

August 15, 2014

One Cage-Buster's Approach to Fixing Education

Neither the Secretary of Education nor the NEA is the "bad guy," but both need to be willing to compromise. Where to start? I think we need a 2-year moratorium on the consequences associated with testing.

August 13, 2014

Making Miller Park Elementary School an Oasis of Hope and Excellence

Miller Park Elementary School sits in a high crime area of Omaha, but it is very successful academically. How does it succeed while others struggle?

August 12, 2014

Maddie vs. Michelle, Whoopi, and Campbell

Teachers, it's time we claimed moral authority - and professional responsibility - for evaluation and growing the profession. We have allowed evaluation to become a mess.

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