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April 24, 2014

Policymaking and Innovation Mindsets

About a week into my tenure as the director of the new Race to the Top program in 2009, I found myself enmeshed in policy conversations that were wholly unfamiliar to me. "I understand that you want to give states all this freedom to innovate," I was told, "but how are we going to prevent bad actors from doing harm?"

April 24, 2014

Can We Quantify Great Teaching?

A great teacher cares about giving every student the best education possible. They teach with high standards, and encourage confidence and the courage to learn. And, they see and know each student because they care deeply.

April 22, 2014

Springtime Evaluations Offer a Glorious Opportunity

Thinking about the conversations with faculty and staff now, as the evaluation process is in full gear, can set the beginning of a new journey. Not a big shift, more like a rudder, unseen but causing the shift into a new direction.

April 20, 2014

Seasons, Holidays, and Children

As our society has become more diverse, in color, country of origin, and religion, we should consider the messages that our students are receiving even outside of our schools.As we develop school environments that accept and protect all children from bullying, marginalization, exclusion, or simply being ignored, should we be watching how their larger world is behaving?

April 17, 2014

Combat Summertime Adult Learning Loss

Carol Fran├žois shares several ideas for combatting summer learning loss, both for students and educators.

April 17, 2014

Leadership Is a State of Mind

How we meet the challenges of the day, our state of mind, our capacity to accept the bad days and the good days for what they are, makes a difference in ourselves and in those we ask to follow us.

April 15, 2014

Become Storytelling Leaders

We need storytellers who can bring together the hopes of parents and the dreams of their children and the gifts of learning and joys of friendship into the experience of schooling. We need generous storytellers who can let the success story in my school become the story of your school also.

April 14, 2014

Professional Learning for Parents

Schools will have more success in addressing the issues of public education in their school systems (such as student performance, funding, school closures, and bond elections) when there is a strong group of parents who partner with their children's schools as well as with the school system as a whole, says Stephanie Hirsh and Anne Foster.

April 13, 2014

Suffering Interrupts Plans and Carries Us On

We look for ways to develop perseverance and resilience in our students and ourselves. We work at feeling better, feeling different, not to get caught in the mire. Do we know enough about the dynamics of facing adversity and working our way through it?

April 12, 2014

National Board Votes to End Principal-Certification Program

Saying administrative and financial challenges had become insurmountable, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards will scrap its effort to develop advanced certification for principals.

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