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May 19, 2013

Loyalty Does Not Mean Silence!

When the disillusioned leader calls silence loyalty, truth is lost. In business, profits suffer or ethics. In education, children suffer.

May 17, 2013

Making Teachers

Independent school teachers tend to exist within cultures that are highly immersive: in 21st-century independent schools it is hard for a new or newish teacher not to be constantly watched, engaged in conversations about practice and about kids, and otherwise offered a great deal of formal and informal on-the-job training from a number of experienced sources. Generally smaller classes and relatively small and intense school communities make it relatively easy for schools to monitor and offer essentially real-time feedback to early-career teachers.

May 16, 2013

There Is Only One Effective Teacher Evaluation

Teacher evaluations that are being perpetrated on teachers by politicians and reformers are wrong-headed. Peer Assistance and Review programs offer the best method that assure teacher quality.

May 14, 2013

And So Ends the Seattle Testing Boycott Saga—for Now

Seattle superintendent José Banda emailed the district with a plan of action for the MAP test that spawned a teacher boycott.

May 10, 2013

A Memorial for Fallen Teachers

A memorial to fallen teachers is being built on the campus of Emporia State University by the National Teachers Hall of Fame. We should never forget the fallen educators who died protecting their students from violence.

May 09, 2013

Bill Would Shift Federal Money to Social and Emotional Programs

A proposed change to ESEA would allow money set aside for teacher and principal training to be used specifically for social and emotional learning programs.

May 09, 2013

Let the Tests Become the Platform

We are called to be "the ministers of the tests". It is not a high calling but we cannot change that. We can, however, be wiser than we were.

May 08, 2013

The Cop Who Wouldn't Take My Teaching Job

Who has the tougher job: Teachers or Police Officers? Read this post and you decide

May 08, 2013

5 Great Teachers Head to Hall of Fame

The newest inductees into the National Teacher Hall of Fame came to Washington, DC to meet with Secretary Arne Duncan and NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. As great teachers, they speak truth to power.

May 07, 2013

Improving Teacher Conditions & Careers

As the nation celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week, we couldn't think of a better way to honor National Teacher Day than with a paper that highlights the positive impacts that blended learning is having on the teaching profession.

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