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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...

December 30, 2013

My New Year's EdTech Resolutions

As 2013 comes to a close, it's a great time to reflect on where we've been and where we're heading. Although December 31st isn't the end of our school year, we can still make new year's resolutions about how we'll return to our schools and effect change. In some ways, these resolutions are even more...

December 23, 2013

Teacher Tech-Training Incentive: $350 Toward an iPad

St. Cloud School District will refund teachers up to $350 for the purchase of an iPad if they complete 5 hours of iPad classes.

December 19, 2013

Drop in New National-Board Certifications Continues

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.

December 19, 2013

New National-Board Certifications Still Declining

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced this week that 4,117 teachers received certification from the group in 2013—down 17 percent from the previous year and more than 50 percent from 2008.

December 19, 2013

Five Ways to Power Up over Break

For many educators, tomorrow is the last day before winter break. Some are already enjoying a winter hiatus. This time is great for connecting with family, enjoying holiday traditions, travel or catching up on much-needed rest. And yet after the big meals, parties and festivities are done, this migh...

December 11, 2013

Contest for Tech-Savvy Teachers

Today, PBS LearningMedia, a classroom-resource hub for teachers, announced its 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovators Program.

November 27, 2013

Chicago Schools Turn Down inBloom Partnership

Chicago school districts officials have declined an opportunity to partner with inBloom, a decision that comes on the heels of other clients opting out of agreements with the data-management provider.

November 27, 2013

Innovations and Expectations

To Smil's point, real improvement is not going to fall like "manna from heaven" into our schools, nor is it going to come from "fairy-tale solutions," no matter how many apps we can access. For all schools, independent, private, public, it's going to take real effort--better policies and more thoughtful and intentional practices--to move education forward.

November 26, 2013

Where Do You Get Your News?

Where Do You Get Your News? Last week I had the opportunity to present in a couple of classes to new education majors. Before class, several students were chatting with the instructor about a local school board meeting they attended as part of an assignment. They were surprised at the length of the ...

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