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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.

March 21, 2014

Managed Instruction or Digital Learning?

A former governor and an ed school dean met in a bar...they discussed the seeming incompatibility of digital learning with differentiated instruction and the scripted curricula mandated by many school districts.

February 27, 2014

Are Teachers Happy With CCSS Implementation? Survey Offers Another Answer

A national survey of some 20,000 teachers finds generally positive opinions about the common core.

February 20, 2014

Calling Common-Core Implementation 'Botched' NEA Calls for Changes

In another sign of unease about the common core from teachers' unions, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel has expressed concerns about how the standards have been introduced.

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