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July 27, 2015

Using a Rubric Does NOT Ensure Student Learning

Do you use rubrics? How effective are they? Read on to learn how to develop rubrics that can be useful to students if they are going to be used.

July 07, 2015

Leading the Common Core: Engaging in Difficult Conversations

This Common Core business is not faring well and the students who are meant to be the beneficiaries are too often floundering along.

July 01, 2015

Calif. Teacher Stirs Controversy by Taking Shakespeare Off Syllabus

The Washington Post published an essay of a California English language arts teacher that caused an uproar after she said Shakespeare's works don't reflect the cultural perspectives her students need to learn.

June 26, 2015

The Art of Reporting Common-Core Test Results

New York and Kentucky, which gave common-core tests before other states did—and navigated the public reaction—share their experiences as dozens of other states get ready to do the same.

June 23, 2015

The Common Core Is Not the Problem

It is the assessments and how they are used that is the heart of the issue.

May 21, 2015

PARCC to Shorten Next Year's Common-Core Test

The PARCC consortium approved a redesigned Common Core test that will be 90 minutes shorter than the current exam, and has agreed to shift the testing window to later in the school year.

May 13, 2015

Award-Winning Principal Carol Burris Steps Down to Fight New Evaluations

Carol Burris, a nationally recognized principal, announced recently that she will be resigning from her position after this school year, citing test-heavy teacher-evaluation processes as a key reason for her departure.

May 12, 2015

Consensus in Action: I Understand. I Can Agree. I Will Support.

Consensus becomes the scythe that clears the path forward.

May 01, 2015

Districts Try Collaborative Approaches to Train Teachers in Common Core

A report from the Center for American Progress highlights six districts that are working teacher voices into the common-core implementation process.

May 01, 2015

Ohio District Preserves Cursive by Teaching It in Art Class

An Ohio school district revived cursive handwriting instruction by adding it to the art curriculum.

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