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March 05, 2013

MetLife Survey Aftermath: Parents' Role in Educator Satisfaction?

The MetLife survey gives only one suggestion of how parents and the community can help principals and teachers. We find more.

March 05, 2013

Seeing Curriculum Through a Child's Eyes

What happens when a seven-year-old girl discovers what a hands-on learning environment really looks and feels like -- only to realize that none of the schools in her community look and feel the same way?

March 05, 2013

Give Every Child a Free Breakfast

This is National School Breakfast Week and a reminder that research shows the benefits of a nutritious breakfast for all students. NEA Health information Network and Share our Strength have created great guidelines and supported schools in creating universal breakfast programs.

March 05, 2013

The MetLife Survey Reveals Our Need for a Different Type of Professional Development

Our current professional development addresses the intellect but we do mighty little for the emotional or spiritual parts of our teachers and leaders. And these are the sources of morale.

March 04, 2013

Should Parents Know Whether Teachers Are Armed?

A Utah lawmaker has proposed a bill that would allow parents to find out if their children's teachers are carrying firearms at school.

March 03, 2013

Learning to Lead: School Success and Sustainability

No school or district can arrive at success without a talented leader who is able to coalesce energy of teachers around a powerful vision, then motivate, measure and improve along the way - all while building sustainability.

March 01, 2013

Managed Instruction vs Teacher Autonomy

Urban districts trying to ensure consistent rigor in every classroom have implemented programs of managed instruction--a common curriculum, shared lesson plans, pacing guides, periodic assessments, and associated professional development. While these programs can feel stifling, they often lead to incremental improvement.

February 26, 2013

Survey: Teachers Feel Safe at School; Decline Carrying Guns

A new survey of nearly 11,000 educators finds that the majority don't want to carry weapons at school despite the December shootings in Newtown, Conn.

February 26, 2013

When It Comes to Education Policy, Should We Give Class Size Another Look?

In A Year at Mission Hill, we see the value of teachers having the space and time to know their students well. Is it time we revisited the power of small class sizes when it comes to education policy?

February 26, 2013

Teacher and Principal Evaluation That Makes a Difference

Since the implementation process is well underway, what can we do to be the transformers? How can we use this debilitating opportunity to actually improve our principals and teachers? This is worth doing. If we begin a new process and simply skim over it without honoring its value, its introduction may be accepted, but not attended to. We have to push against our institutional habit of clinging to the old ways.

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