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January 26, 2014

The Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule Is Why We Need Coaches

Teachers can't be expected to become the brilliant master educators our kids need them to be without 10,000 hours of practice with someone they really trust (and who plays no role in their evaluation) who will give them critical feedback along the way...My primary mission these days is to convince those who hold power in our schools that teachers and administrators deserve and need coaches throughout their careers

January 23, 2014

10 Critical Issues Facing Education

When it comes to education, there are numerous critical issues that need to be addressed in 2014, and these are ten of them.

January 21, 2014

Out Of the Negativity, Be the Water That Affects Positive Change

Being a victim of the system is not an effective way to promote progress, we must be a part of the solution.

January 19, 2014

Twitter Chats: An Hour Well Worth Your Time

An hour engaging in a Twitter chat will be well worth your time.

January 14, 2014

What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?

We need to move away from discussing teaching and focus our efforts on learning. In today's guest blog, Professor John Hattie provides the 7 mind frames that will help us do that.

January 13, 2014

Literacy Design Collaborative Launches CoreTools

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are the most important professional development trend and development in education. They embody many of the broader adult learning trends: interest-driven, high engagement, flexible, and social. There are PLCs for teachers by level and discipline, PLCs for teachers in districts and networks, PLCs for principals—and even PLCs for specific tasks like aligning texts to the Common Core.

January 12, 2014

What Makes Me Open my Wallet to PD

When I first became a teacher, I spent incredible amounts of money on my classroom, but was incredibly wary of spending money on professional learning. Attending a stale Saturday "workshop" where I left without any inspiration or real learning didn't seem worth dollars I could be spending on my classroom library. Now, 10 years later, I'm gleefully shelling out hundreds of dollars for conferences. What changed? As I reflected on this mindshift, I kept coming back to the following three factors that make me want to attend a professional learning event.

January 09, 2014

Simulation Program Aims to Deepen Teachers' Understanding of Poverty

An elementary school in Wichita, Kan., recently took a unique approach to sensitizing teachers to the needs of disadvantaged students, reports The Wichita Eagle. According to the January 5th article, teachers and staff members at Allen Elementary School participated in a role-playing simulation intended to elucidate the unseen challenges of poverty.

January 06, 2014

Time for a New Approach to Professional-Development Research?

That's the call from several scholars, and from an organization that thinks the Education Department needs to make the first move.

December 31, 2013

Teacher Leadership

 [Check out the video, "Everyday Leadership," http://www.ted.com/talks/drew_dudley_everyday_leadership.html, by Drew Dudley, on TED Talks] As educators we have likely provided countless "lollipop moments" for our students and their parents. What I love about Drew Dudley's message here is that as st...

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