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June 10, 2014

Standards, Assessment, Evaluation: Now Is the Time for a Thank You

To maintain an environment built upon teachers' care and concern about the wellbeing of their students, care and concern need to return to the conversation.

June 09, 2014

Lessons From Educators on the Big Screen: Part III

It may be true that Hollywood tends to glamorous things and turn true stories into not-so-true ones for the screen, but there are also a lot of impactful films that serve a purpose. In the case of teachers, Hollywood has produced some great examples of lessons that are integral to strong educators. Last week I mentioned six of my favorites that fall into this category, and today I want to add my final three.

June 06, 2014

Lessons From Educators on the Big Screen: Part II

For better or worse, films influence people. While known for exaggeration, I do feel like the best-made films contribute something to society at large. In the case of movies where excellence in teaching is the star, there is a lot to be gleaned - whether for first time or veteran teachers.

June 06, 2014

Nationwide Survey Offers Data on Sexual Abuse of Students With Disabilities

Survey respondents reported that many students with disabilities were subjected to sexual abuse many times, often by adults in the school setting.

June 05, 2014

America's One-Room Schoolhouses Hold Lessons for Other Schools

The nation's few one-room schoolhouses offer lessons for schools across the country.

June 02, 2014

Wow! So Edthena. Many Teacher. Much Love.

Edthena is one of the few companies that focuses specifically on how to help teachers get better at their jobs and while we are a technology company, we facilitate a very human process of coaching teachers to help them get better at what they do.

May 29, 2014

Can Principals Be Instructional Leaders?

Is it realistic to imagine that we can recruit two football stadiums full of exceptional ?

May 29, 2014

We Need to Get Better at Doing Our Own Public Relations

Word spreads easily when we are against something. Negativity loves company. But public relations is a profession and it is not in our training. It is not a matter of defending our profession. Rather, it is a matter of being better at sharing what it is we do and inviting conversations with those who do not understand.

May 23, 2014

How States Could Improve Online Options & Save Money

A new paper written by four Stanford Students, in coordination with Digital Learning Now and The Stanford Public Policy Program, outlines a framework for states to solicit and select providers of online and blended learning services. It builds on the innovative Louisiana Course Choice model and "presents a coherent payment mechanism for supplemental courses that incentivizes quality student outcomes and forms the basis for practical and adaptive state level policy."

May 22, 2014

What the Independent School-Public School Dialogue Needs

Independent schools extol and cleave to their mission statements, and I'd like to see an organization, or a series of events, whose stated purpose would be to bring educators together across all sectors to build and fortify, to lift some language from the #PubPriBridge statement of purpose, "a mutual commitment 'to make the waves that raise all boats'" and to "direct these waves toward helping all students in all schools rise higher, think more deeply, and become more engaged and active citizens."

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