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October 29, 2013

New Workbook Offers Step-by-Step Guidance for Planning Transformational Professional Learning

In this era of major reforms in education, professional learning often falls short in transforming educator practice due to insufficient planning for professional learning.

October 29, 2013

'Tolerance'...What Does That Mean?

We must keep abreast of a rapidly evolving language and be sure the people with whom we are communicating have arrived at the same understanding.

October 27, 2013

Schools, Violence, and Mental Health

Public schools have the opportunity to impact more future citizens of the world than any other institution. Might we be able to impact rising violence by helping students learn how to deal with challenging emotions?

October 25, 2013

Q&A: LAUSD's Jaime Aquino on iPads, Pearson, Board Fights, and Stepping Down

Los Angeles Unified's outgoing deputy superintendent for instruction addresses critics and defends the decision to roll out an unfinished digital curriculum as part of the district's iPad initiative.

October 25, 2013

Networks, Platforms, & Procurement

School networks were the big K-12 development of the last decade. Managed networks including Achievement First, Aspire, DSST, IDEA, Success, Uncommon, and YES achieved scale and uniformly high performance. School developers like KIPP, New Tech Network, and Expeditionary Learning build national networks of schools that share a common model and some support services. Both CMOs and school developers made it easier to open and sustain a good school.

October 24, 2013

Can the School Change Debate, Itself, Change?

The educational change debate is fueled by the new tests for students and the associated accountability systems. Debates rage about fundamental things like local control and individual choice.

October 22, 2013

School Shootings: Mental Health Matters

School shootings have brought mental health issues to a new level of priority. We have a need for a society in which mental health issues can be discussed without fear and shame and where treatment is available for those who need it.

October 20, 2013

Are We Preparing Girls to Be Leaders?

As teachers and leaders, we can benefit from asking ourselves what we know and what we believe about how we inform our students about gender roles and leadership.

October 17, 2013

Football Coach Teaches Empathy and Compassion

Special needs children's lives are affected by Coach Hamilton's masterful acts of empathy and compassion. It is not a sweeping systemic change but it is monumental for the lives touched.

October 17, 2013

Choosing Your Next Professional Learning Experience: 8 Essential Questions

When it comes to finding professional development opportunities that claim to be aligned with the Common Core standards, these eight considerations will help you make the best decisions possible.

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