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January 13, 2014

Literacy Design Collaborative Launches CoreTools

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are the most important professional development trend and development in education. They embody many of the broader adult learning trends: interest-driven, high engagement, flexible, and social. There are PLCs for teachers by level and discipline, PLCs for teachers in districts and networks, PLCs for principals—and even PLCs for specific tasks like aligning texts to the Common Core.

January 02, 2014

Educators Need More Than Memos & Mandates in 2014

NY State Education Commissioner John King has sent out memo after memo in 2013 explaining what he meant...public education deserves more than a memo.

December 29, 2013

Have Standards Ever Promoted Independent Thinking?

Many educators are concerned that strict standards and accountability will never promote independent thinking, but have schools ever promoted that?

December 26, 2013

Do We Have a Teacher-Prep Problem?

NCTQ put out a new report on the quality of pre-service teacher programs but their findings only tell one part of the story.

December 18, 2013

CTB Acuity Adds Performance Assessment & Instructional Resources

We've been investigating performance assessment tools so we were interested when we heard that CTB McGraw-Hill had added performance-based items to its widely use Acuity platform. We call CTB President Ellen Haley for the scoop.

December 16, 2013

New York to Seek Federal Waiver to Test English-Learners in Native Languages

The state will ask the U.S. Department of Education to relax its requirements that English-learners who've been in U.S. schools for 12 months or longer take state language arts tests in English.

December 11, 2013

Next-Gen Advisory: 10 Keys to College & Career Readiness

College and career readiness means a lot more than passing a community college entrance exam (although that is the minimum bar for all kids). It requires a set of deeper learning experiences that result in the knowledge, skills and dispositions young people will need to succeed.

December 08, 2013

Is Opting Out of State Assessments the Right Answer?

There is a growing movement to opt out of state testing but there are pros and cons that should weigh into the decision, and schools should not be held accountable regardless of a parent's decision.

November 29, 2013

Coddling the Common Core? A Response to Frank Bruni

Perhaps in the future N.Y. Times columnist Mr. Bruni should take off his bubble wrap and enter into a public school system to get a more well-rounded view of the Common Core before he begins portraying children and their parents as weak.

November 22, 2013

Standardization? Personalization? Or Both?

Many educators question whether we need standards because we should personalize learning. Is it possible to do both?

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