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July 12, 2011

A Classroom Career Ladder for Teachers

Note: Zak Champagne, an award-winning teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, is guest-posting this week. First and foremost I am blown away by the amazing and thoughtful remarks in reference to my first post, "Just a Teacher." (If you haven't read that post, it will most likely make more sense to read ...

July 11, 2011

Just a Teacher

Note: Zak Champagne, an award-winning teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, is guest-posting this week. I have been a classroom teacher for thirteen years in Jacksonville, Florida. I have taught hundreds of students, received numerous awards for my teaching, completed an advanced degree, and have o...

July 08, 2011

Introducing Your Special Guest Stars: From the Classroom...and Columbia

Hi folks. So, I'm about to take a break from the hustle and bustle of RHSU for the better part of a month. I'm going to be doing some teaching at UPenn and Rice, cranking it up on my "Cage-Busting Leadership" book (more on that in the fall), and taking a little downtime. It being summer and all, I...

April 29, 2011

Trickle Down Economics--How We Prevent Schools From Spending Their Money Usefully

Note: Greg Gunn, entrepreneur in residence at City Light Capital and co-founder of Wireless Generation, is guest-posting this week. I had a fascinating experience several years ago attending a principals' meeting in a medium-sized school district. The district CFO had come to present a new purchas...

April 27, 2011

Instructional Operations: Moving Parts to Break Constraints

Note: Greg Gunn, entrepreneur in residence at City Light Capital and co-founder of Wireless Generation, is guest-posting this week. One of the most fun parts of my work has been watching school teams try to redesign the way they work in order to achieve big gains in student learning. I had the opp...

April 25, 2011

Why Asking Your School Tough Questions Scares the Crap Out of You

Note: Greg Gunn, entrepreneur in residence at City Light Capital and co-founder of Wireless Generation, is guest-posting this week. I've been privileged in my career to both be a teacher and to co-found a successful educational software company, Wireless Generation. During my decade of work there,...

April 22, 2011

Stop! Using Research as a Weapon (sung in the style of Pat Benatar)

Note: Heather Harding, vice president for research and public affairs at Teach For America, is guest-posting this week. First, let me thank Rick Hess for lending me his space while he's vacationing. It's been a lot of fun to get these things off my chest and an interesting experience to be so publi...

April 20, 2011

Why Teach For America is Not Going to Become a Residency (and Perhaps Why it Shouldn't)

Note: Heather Harding, vice president for research and public affairs at Teach For America, is guest-posting this week. Let me start with this confession: I'm a huge fan of the teacher-residency model. Early in my career, I researched the possibility of a district-based teacher-training program w...

April 18, 2011

How Racially Diverse are the 'New' Reformers Anyway?

Note: Heather Harding, vice president for research and public affairs at Teach For America, is guest-posting this week. Recently, Ashindi Maxton, a Teach For America alumnus, wrote a blog about diversity in organizing and politics, declaring that while most folks in these sectors say they value d...

April 15, 2011

Changing the Turnaround Risk Calculus

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. You can read more from Justin on his blog "Meeting the Turnaround Challenge" and follow him on Twitter at @juscohen. We've reached the end of the "Rick Hess Straight Up" Turnaround Ta...

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