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April 01, 2013

We're All Stakeholders in Public Education

As a society we have the know-how to teach every kid well. We have the wealth to create schools in which every student is known, valued, and educated. Know-how and wealth. What's missing, of course, is the will.

March 28, 2013

'Why Do We Teach?'

I came into education assuming that our task was and always had been to produce a learned, thoughtful, and tenacious "ruling class."

March 28, 2013

Are Teachers Overpaid?

Predecessors with good intentions created these contracts and extended these benefits but they could not have foreseen the convergence of social, political and economic forces occurring in this moment. It is our turn to navigate and the old maps no longer serve.

March 27, 2013

New Training for Teachers: Self Defense

In light of the December Newtown, Conn., school shooting and fears about school violence, some teachers, parents, and administrators are turning to self-defense classes.

March 27, 2013

Hot off the (E-)Presses: A New Book on Classroom Management

The newest e-book from Education Week is all about classroom management

March 27, 2013

Common Core: Mend It; Don't End It

Common Core Standards continue to be a point of debate. We should remember that these standards are what every child should know and be able to do not everything a child should know and be able to do.

March 21, 2013

Change Standards, Test Students, Measure Schools

We are being asked to lean on our students to prove we are doing our job using a single measure and we know it is not fair to them. Teachers and leaders are faced with the additional burden of being directly evaluated by these results also knowing there is an expected slump in results during these first years of implementation of an expectedly flawed process.

March 19, 2013

Trusted Teachers Nourish Students as Unique Individuals

In schools where teachers are largely trusted to make the main decisions about teaching and learning, students and families are eager to attend. What is it about teacher autonomy that creates learning environments in which all people are valued?

March 19, 2013

Implementing the Common Core and Mr. Potato Head

How can the Common Core be implemented successfully when the implementation of the Common Core (at least right now) leaves no time for professional learning, so teachers can make changes in how they think and plan for discovery, creativity, reflection, and fun.

March 18, 2013

UTeach Math, Science Program to Expand Reach With $23 Million Grant

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute is providing $22.5 million over five years to expand the UTeach approach to preparing math and science educators.

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