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February 23, 2015

I Teach for the Money...

In the current educational climate, many people might wonder why people still choose teaching as their profession. Despite the excessive testing and often negative impression of education, there is still very important work to be done. Read on to see why many educators teach.

February 19, 2015

Oklahoma Is Not OK

Out in Oklahoma, a state representative wants to repeal and replace AP US history. Here we go again.

February 16, 2015

A Better Way to Report Learning

What is the function of a student report card? What does it seek to communicate? How effectively do most student report cards share information about individual student achievement? What if we rebranded our communication loop? What would that look like?

February 14, 2015

The Future Is Now for NCLB... Or Is It?

The battle lines in the debate over ESEA reauthorization—the debate to put NCLB behind us, once and for all—are now as clear as they've ever been, but the bills likely to come out of Congress do more to push an ideological agenda than they do to improve education. Don't expect big changes any time soon.

February 08, 2015

Are We Ready to Have a Real Conversation About K-12 Grading?

Looking at all the ways my kids are being graded has me thinking: is there anything we can do about it? We could start by slowing down to think about the nature of intelligence, what graded assessment tells us about it, and what it would take to think about it differently.

February 06, 2015

Narrowing the Achievement Gap Would Add $10 Trillion to GDP by 2050

One study after another has shown a wide educational achievement gap between the poorest and wealthiest children in the United States. This prompted researchers at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth, a group focused on narrowing inequality, to study and conclude that if America could improve education performance for the average student, everyone would benefit.

February 04, 2015

Teachers as Researchers: Changing the Dynamics of PD

If we are to reform education, we need to start with empowering teachers. Consider rethinking professional development so that teachers can engage in inquiry projects.

February 03, 2015

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Look at Another Report Card: Here Comes One From Pre-K

Just when you thought you'd seen it all: along comes a report card for a four-year-old. And it's probably even more ridiculous than you thought it would be.

January 30, 2015

2 Math Teachers Consider Giving Up Grades

Who are the biggest naysayers in your educational community? At the heart of all conflict is an inherent misunderstanding about situations. So start a dialogue with folks in your community about the possibility of giving up grades? It takes a village.

January 28, 2015

Eliminate Grades, Change the Educational System

Education is in need of some changes. If we eliminate grades, we make room for many important shifts that must occur in our current climate. It's time to shift the mindset; teachers, throw out grades.

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