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May 22, 2014

What the Independent School-Public School Dialogue Needs

Independent schools extol and cleave to their mission statements, and I'd like to see an organization, or a series of events, whose stated purpose would be to bring educators together across all sectors to build and fortify, to lift some language from the #PubPriBridge statement of purpose, "a mutual commitment 'to make the waves that raise all boats'" and to "direct these waves toward helping all students in all schools rise higher, think more deeply, and become more engaged and active citizens."

May 18, 2014

Peer Observation: Get Out of the Land of Nice

Peer observation doesn't always work well because teachers do not want to provide critical feedback, but given a supportive school leader, and a focus on professional growth, peer observation could offer enormous benefits.

May 14, 2014

Report Explores How More Time for School Can Boost Teacher Quality

The National Center on Time & Learning looks at how educators at 17 high-performing schools have used extra hours for activities like collaborative lesson planning, embedded professional development, and data analysis.

May 13, 2014

Independent School Responsibilities: 'Test Kitchens' and Sustaining a Nation

Independent school students and their families may have absented themselves from public schools, but there is no reason that our practices need to do so. In return for tax-exemptions and public acquiescence to our relatively unregulated existence, why not give back by sharing what we know best: our own experiences related to teaching and learning?

May 13, 2014

Professional Development Should Be Like a Runner's High

Professional development sessions leave many educators wondering what they are supposed to learn. Maybe the answer is in running?

May 12, 2014

New York City Teachers' Contract Embeds Professional Development in School Day

The new agreement between the city and its largest teachers union sets aside 150 minutes a week for professional development and communicating with parents.

May 11, 2014

State Education Departments: A Missed Opportunity?

Instead of focusing on politics and negativity, State Education Departments could be a model for educators by providing effective professional development, resources, and professional publications that help unite instead of divide.

May 05, 2014

Common-Core Lesson Co. Announces Teacher 'Dream Team'

LearnZillion, a company that provides teacher-created lessons aligned to the Common Core State Standards, has announced the members of its 2014 teacher "Dream Team."

May 05, 2014

Keeping Your Professional Cool Under Stress

As you transition from your college career into your professional career as an educator you will be experiencing many new beginnings in your life, one of which may include a type of stress you have never dealt with before. The great excitement of your first year teaching can sometimes be coupled wit...

May 02, 2014

What Would Better Professional Development Look Like?

Professional development needs improvement. But what would better PD look like?

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