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March 07, 2018

The Importance of Listening in Educational Leadership

Today, Andy Saultz continues guest blogging with lessons learned during his time as a school board member about the importance of listening.

March 05, 2018

What's Next After Parkland?

Andy Saultz begins his week of guest blogging by offering some reflections on the Parkland school shooting and how we might begin to move forward.

March 02, 2018

Rethinking School Discipline

Constance Lindsay concludes a week of guest blogging with a discussion on the role of discipline in schools, noting that we have to grapple simultaneously with disparities and school safety.

February 28, 2018

Unpacking Teacher Shortages

Constance Lindsay continues her discussion of teacher preparation programs by unpacking teacher shortages in today's guest blog.

February 26, 2018

Teacher Preparation and the Diversity-Validity Dilemma

Taking over the guest blog this week is Constance Lindsay, a research associate at the Urban Institute. Today, Constance begins with a discussion of teacher preparation programs with a focus on the diversity-validity dilemma.

February 23, 2018

Teaching and Learning Is Complex

In his final guest blog of the week, "little r" reformer John Thompson says that to improve schooling, we must listen and learn from flesh-and-blood students and tackle real-world problems, not focus on made-up metrics.

February 22, 2018

The Damage Done by Data-Driven Absenteeism Accountability

John Thompson continues his week of guest blogging by sharing more anecdotes about the downsides of data-driven accountability. Today, he writes about the consequences of holding schools accountable for attendance and graduation rates.

February 21, 2018

School Improvement Must Build on Students' Strengths and Moral Consciousness

School reformers focused on academics, but had they listened to the students they'd have seen that the smart strategy would have been to build on the kids' strengths.

February 20, 2018

Mistakes I Made When Dealing With Challenging Students

I'd love to make a deal with school reformers. We teachers would apologize for the times we did a lousy job dealing with our students' pain. They'd apologize for condemning educators for imperfectly serving students when they should have been working with us to find funding for the social-emotional supports that our kids are crying out for.

February 19, 2018

Trying and Failing to Humanely Teach to the Test

Kicking off the next six weeks of guest bloggers is former inner-city teacher and self-described "anti-reformer," John Thompson. Today, John recounts some of the difficulties he faced as an inner-city teacher in the era of high-stakes testing.

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