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June 03, 2013

More Vetoes of Teach For America Needed

Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota vetoed a legislative appropriation to Teach For America because he knew their business plan was to seek funding from cash-strapped states while maintaining a well-funded organization. Nevada and North Carolina are going down the same path. They should learn fiscal responsibility from this savvy governor.

June 02, 2013

Helping Students Develop Leadership

The women in my studies highlighted teachers as critical forces in helping them see their strengths and then encouraging them to consider leadership roles for a variety of potential opportunities, including sports and debate teams, academic and service clubs, community groups like 4H and Girl Scouts, student government, and church youth groups.

May 31, 2013

Report Outlines Strategies for Streamlining District Procurement

A new report urges districts and entrepreneurs to work together to improve the process through which school systems select and purchase educational technology.

May 30, 2013

Leaders Must Pay Attention to the Important

We must learn how to lead in these times so we can guarantee all of our children a growing and invigorated system. Those of us in leadership roles must be found doing something other than responding well.

May 28, 2013

Teachers Are First Responders

Educators work with children each and every day, prepared to put their own lives on the line, to protect the children.

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.

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