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April 06, 2014

Race, Poverty, and Leadership

The current reality is that black and Hispanic youth are more likely to be suspended, educated in schools with less experienced teachers, and are less likely to take more rigorous classes in high school than their white peers. Although we may acknowledge poverty exists, do we truly know what cost it extracts?

April 04, 2014

Miss. and Tenn. Lawmakers Vote Down Efforts to Expand School Choice

Lawmakers in Miss. and Tenn. vote down efforts to expand school choice, four new charters are approved in Connecticut, and other school-choice news from the week.

April 03, 2014

The Importance of Play

We have trivialized play to be an optional activity, relegated to children, and only as an extracurricular activity. What if we understood play to be as important as good nutrition, healthy sleep habits, and mental health?

April 01, 2014

2014 Leaders To Learn From Featured at Live Event

The importance of leadership, equity, children's well-being, and raising academic standards were all on the agenda at Education Week's second annual Leaders To Learn From event.

April 01, 2014

Let's Put Coding on the Table

Those who are in the wonders of coding, technology, and the maker movement, are an excited bunch. What they develop and offer students is important and relevant.We need to bridge the gap, come together, and make sense of all of this now.

March 31, 2014

Delivering New and Improved Professional Learning So Teachers Will Be Happy?

If you have uttered the words, "Our district is saving a ton of time by delivering new and improved professional learning, and our people couldn't be happier," Frederick Brown says that's just not how this works!

March 30, 2014

Children Whiplashed by Politicians

It is state budget time across the country and charter schools are always on the table for debate.The privatization of education is an emerging national issue. The manner in which charter schools are handled in NYC may portend how they are handled across the nation.

March 28, 2014

New Superintendent Selected for Atlanta Schools

The Atlanta school board has tapped Meria Carstarphen, the superintendent in Austin, Texas, to lead the 47,000-student district.

March 27, 2014

Are We Ready to Consider Coaching Instead?

What if we replaced observation with a purposeful coaching model? First, we have to learn how to have conversations. The coaching conversation involves a dance between listening, asking open questions, and enough silence so that answers come from a deeper mind than the reactive one and a more heartfelt place.

March 25, 2014

Do We Need to Change Teacher Observation?

We have negotiated boundaries around observation and evaluation. We have laws and mandates we must follow. It is time for them to change. Maybe there can be some kind of shift, even within existing boundaries, that can allow for newer and richer and more worthwhile processes to emerge.

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