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July 01, 2015

Ronald Thorpe, National Board President and Education Advocate, Dead at 63

Ron Thorpe, president and CEO of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, died today after a battle with lung cancer.

June 28, 2015

Use the Summertime to Rethink Teaching and Learning

This summer can be a time not only of renewal for leaders but a time to learn more and allow a new vision for the future to emerge.

June 19, 2015

Another Young Teacher Contemplates Leaving the Classroom; Whose Fault Is That?

Another teacher with outstanding potential is set to leave the classroom. Should we blame her teacher education program for that, or a larger culture that denigrates teaching and narrows our definition of educational success?

June 09, 2015

End-of-Year Report: Grading My Kids' Schools

School's out, and that means it's time again for report cards. In the spirit of the season, I have decided to issue a report card of my own. I want to share the wealth and make sure the schools that my kids attend have a taste of that accountability too.

May 05, 2015

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

You may have heard that Common Core is a "government takeover" of education. You heard wrong. But there is government interference to be concerned about, and it's probably happening near you.

April 30, 2015

Can School Reform Save Baltimore?

School reformers, especially the ones pushing "no excuses" approaches to school change, have made at least an implicit promise that their approach to fixing schools will work. Baltimore seems to be telling us something else.

April 30, 2015

5 Stressful Things That Make My Hair Fall Out

Life's stresses can sometimes make it hard to focus. How do you focus through occasion pressure and chaos?

April 19, 2015

A Teacher Calling It Quits for All the Right Reasons

Another teacher is hanging it up, this time after only six years in the classroom. Should we be worried about the fact that so many teachers choose to leave the classroom so soon?

April 08, 2015

Three Strategies for Algebra Teaching Pinpointed in New Guide

Algebra teachers should show students both correctly and incorrectly solved problems and have students to discuss them, according to a new algebra practice guide.

April 07, 2015

Social Studies Is Dead; Long Live Social Studies!

A former student of mine stopped in yesterday with a story to tell—and a good one, at that.

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