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June 24, 2015

Should Teachers Be Grading Common-Core Tests?

If the first things you think of when you think of scoring the tests associated with Common Core are cheeseburgers and Craigslist, then two things may be true about you: you have probably never been a teacher, and you probably work for Pearson. Why aren't teachers the ones grading Common Core exams?

June 23, 2015

Imagining an Educational Tomorrowland

Caution! Read this post only if you care to dream about possibilities... Dare not think about all that can't be done, but rather how we can move toward what can. If we can think it, we can do it. Enter at your own risk.

June 17, 2015

Elements of 'Portfolio' Strategy Taking Root in Some Districts

A new snapshot from the Center on Reinvention Public Education (CRPE) looks at the progress school districts have made in implementing components of the portfolio model strategy.

June 14, 2015

If School Is Not 'The Real World,' What Is It?

The real world is a place we exist in all the time unless we are down the rabbit hole with Alice. So treat the learning experience in school like it matters.

June 11, 2015

7 Reasons to Empower Students to Self-Assess

Empowered kids are engaged kids and allowing students to be in charge of their learning and assessment promotes growth and self-efficacy in ways that teacher provided grades never will.

June 10, 2015

Summer Reading Recommendations for Educators

Deborah Meier offers some ideas for educators and policymakers looking for books to inspire and inform this summer.

June 09, 2015

End-of-Year Report: Grading My Kids' Schools

School's out, and that means it's time again for report cards. In the spirit of the season, I have decided to issue a report card of my own. I want to share the wealth and make sure the schools that my kids attend have a taste of that accountability too.

June 01, 2015

Quiz Time! Are You Ready for Kindergarten?

Think you have what it takes to send a kid to kindergarten? You may want to check your medical records and family vacation logs first.

May 21, 2015

The School Board Was Not for Sale After All, But the Fight Continues

The good news is that the local super-PAC candidates all lost their bids for seats on the school board; the bad news is that we pretty much sent the same board we already had back to work. There is plenty more work to do.

May 21, 2015

Rethinking Honor Roll, De-emphasizing Academic Competition

Honor roll and other merit based recognition doesn't serve a school community well. Instead, it further segregates students and perpetuates the myth that grades help to communicate academic success. What if schools focused more on the collaborative and less on the competition?

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