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January 19, 2015

Teacher Voices on NCLB

Teachers weigh in on the debate over NCLB. Read to find out what some California teachers are thinking regarding Common Core State Standards, annual testing, and what the new law should focus on in the years to come.

January 08, 2015

Gene Wilhoit on the Common Core, Part 1

An interview with Gene Wilhoit, former executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, on why if we fail to give professional educators what they need to implement the Common Core, their initial enthusiasm for the standards could easily disappear.

January 03, 2015

Resolve to Get Involved With Policy in 2015

I know you may be thinking, I don't have time to get involved in something else! But taking the time to get involved in education issues outside your classroom is a great way to stay connected with the larger issues at your school, in your district, and in your state. It's also a great way to keep recharging those batteries.

November 12, 2014

Using Letters to Teach the Holidays (and History)

Teaching holidays can be an interruption from regular instruction, or they can be an opportunity for rich, common- core aligned discussions. Now that's something worth celebrating!

August 03, 2014

Globally Minded vs. Globally Competitive Schools

We live in such a competitive society and we replicate this competition in our schools. Is the purpose of education to create winners and losers?

July 29, 2014

Five Years of Race to the Top: Where Are We?

The heavy lift is in the hands of the districts and that, ironically is the good news. Each district, with its own community, its own culture, its own strengths and challenges, still has some local control. How RTTT is implemented locally depends upon local leadership.

May 29, 2014

Guiding and Personalizing College and Career Readiness

As families and communities gather to watch students walk across the stage in cap and gown to receive a high school diploma, it is often a time of great celebration. Sadly, according to a new analysis from the NAEP governing board, fewer than 40% of of seniors are prepared for college. Further, many graduate without a clear plan for college or career-ready skills.

April 30, 2014

Smart Balances in Smart Blends

It can be a difficult challenge for teachers to meet students where they are and also teach grade-level mathematics. Negotiating that tension is the subject of this post, in which I'll offer some thoughts on striking smart balances in rotation models. I've also included thoughts from two mathematics teachers, Allyson ("Ryan") Redd of North Carolina and Peter Tang of Tennessee.

April 22, 2014

AFT's Lesson-Sharing Site Clocks a Half-Million Registrants

AFT's lesson-sharing partnership has grown to half a million members, the teachers' union says.

April 04, 2014

Strong States & Common Standards

Strong states and common expectations are fundamental to the future of K-12 education in America. New tools create the opportunity for new schools; standards and states are the framework for quality at scale.

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