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April 09, 2014

Math Teacher Talk: 'How Do You Like Common Core?'

An overheard conversation on the way to an annual conference for math teachers highlights some timely and very thorny issues around the Common Core State Standards.

April 03, 2014

Amazon's Brazilian Textbook Deal Stirs Speculation About Its K-12 Ambitions

Amazon recently announced a major deal in Brazil, a booming ed-tech market, to distribute free textbooks via a Kindle reading app to teachers using government-issued tablets.

April 01, 2014

Is School Reform Needed or Not?

Pondiscio: In my very first post here, I suggested that the education reform movement needs what I called a 'Nixon to China' moment. I lamented the unfortunate effects of our polarized education climate.

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.

March 20, 2014

Teacher Leaders Welcomed

Teachers need to be invited and encouraged to take the initial steps into leadership. We hope the best among us, those who are motivated by deep passion for service and love for children and for learning, respond positively to the invitation.

March 19, 2014

Report: As Teacher Demographics Change, Districts Must Prioritize Retention

To reduce the achievement gap, schools should pay attention to teacher retention, says new report.

March 19, 2014

Teaching Channel: An Online Community Improving Practice

Recognizing that "a video library probably won't change practice," Pat Wasley set out to make Teaching Channel (Tch) an interactive community. The former dean of the University of Washington College of Education turned edupreneur took over the Oakland nonprofit two years ago.

March 17, 2014

Training the Teachers is Part of the Work

Autism Expressed is about to roll out a training program for 60 new users. Here's how that will look.

March 17, 2014

Mooresville Adopts Gateway Projects in Four Grades

The Mooresville Graded School District recently adopted requirements for four large scale multimedia projects in 3rd, 6th, 8th and 12th grade. Beginning next year, students would add products from these projects to their digital portfolio.

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