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November 21, 2013

Take Back Control of Professional Development

If we are to continue to develop an environment in which teachers can create the space for children to explore and discover (which is ironically part of the mandated shift), we must create the space for the teachers to do the same.

November 18, 2013

Teacher Prep. Evaluation Depends on Better Longitudinal Data, Studies Find

As teacher preparation programs come under increasing pressure to track the effectiveness of their graduates, a new report by the Data Quality Campaign finds that fewer than half of states provide annual data on teacher performance to colleges of education.

November 15, 2013

Join a Professional Association

Last week I attended the annual conference for the American Association for Employment in Education (AAEE), the organization that sponsors this blog. In a few brief vacation days for me following the conference, I reflected on what professional associations, including AAEE, mean to educators. For ...

November 15, 2013

Union-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons

If you were to think of the key things that you would want to do to support learning at high poverty schools, what would be on your list?

November 14, 2013

The Digital Buzz: Using Twitter to Shape Your School Culture

In this week's Digital Buzz, we explore how to leverage social media, specifically Twitter, to amplify your school's voice. Today we are joined by Jason Markey, principal of East Leyden High School, and two of his amazing students, Ariana and Kristina. Together, they share the story of how their sch...

November 12, 2013

New Website Offers Common-Core Lesson Plans for Special Educators

The website Power Up WHAT WORKS connects technology and instructional strategies geared toward students with disabilities.

November 07, 2013

Creating a Culture of Innovation

How do you support teacher growth and thus student growth when it comes to technology? How do you convince a tech-resistant staff to adopt new devices or pedagogies? How do you create and sustain a culture of innovation? While there isn't a single answer to any of these questions, here are six strategies I've found successful so far.

November 01, 2013

Education Department Touts 'Connected Educators'

The U.S. Department of Education wrapped up its second annual "Connected Educator Month," devoted to fostering digital collaboration among teachers.

October 29, 2013

Should Teachers Be More Mindful?

An initial study of CARE For Teachers finds that the program increases well-being, efficacy, and mindfulness for teachers, while helping them cope with burnout.

October 22, 2013

NSF Grant to Help Connect Pittsburgh Teachers With Mathematicians

Pittsburgh Public Schools is getting $8 million from the National Science Foundation to improve math instruction at the secondary level.

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