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June 06, 2014

Powering Up on Ed Tech This Summer: The 7 Day Challenge

The summer is a great time for rest and relaxation. But it's also a great time for powering up and preparing for the new school year. So here is a challenge for your summer break... The Seven Day Power Up Challenge. Seven days, seven challenges, an hour each challenge. Doesn't sound so terrible in the long sunny stretch of summer, does it? So jump in and take charge of your learning...

June 05, 2014

Are Bad Ideas Making Us Miss the Good Ones?

Instructional coaching expert Jim Knight offers some great tools to help teachers improve, but in this era of accountability our focus on bad ideas may prevent us from seeing the good ones like Jim offers.

June 03, 2014

Publishing Leader Rallies Industry to Help Shape Common-Core Market

The president of the Association of American Publishers sees the uncertainty of common-core implementation as an opportunity for instructional-materials designers to improve their support of teacher and students.

June 03, 2014

ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter to Step Down

After 22 years as executive director and CEO of Alexandria, Va.-based ASCD, Gene R. Carter will retire June 30, the group announced today.

June 02, 2014

Wow! So Edthena. Many Teacher. Much Love.

Edthena is one of the few companies that focuses specifically on how to help teachers get better at their jobs and while we are a technology company, we facilitate a very human process of coaching teachers to help them get better at what they do.

May 23, 2014

Blackboard Lands Arizona Contract for Educators' Online Learning, Collaboration

More than 60,000 educators in the state will have access to the system for professional development.

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?

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