The ruling in the Vergara lawsuit was thin on reasoning but deep in flaws. The appellate court could help California's teachers and students by reversing the lower court's verdict.

Teenaged activists can be impulsive, simplistic, and spectacularly naïve. They can also be thoughtful, informed, passionate, and right - and they deserve our attention and respect.

The spark of inspiration and new learning can come from the oldest of sources, when students' views and voices are essential to their work.

For some students, the most caring and trusted adults on campus are not teachers. We should notice and celebrate everyone who helps kids thrive at school.

Are we ready for some honest educational dialogue about race and class, or are we just singing a song from history?

I chose the wrong tool, and then I let confidence in technology override my personal knowledge and experience.

It's not hard to "decide" we must reduce school suspensions, but instead of offering quick fixes that yield better statistics, policy makers must focus on deeper systemic improvements.

The study of decision quality reveals a number of reasons that teachers need autonomy as instructors, and must be integrally involved with decisions that shape or become school policies.

Anyone who works in schools or cares about schools will appreciate the years of research that went into Kristina Rizga's outstanding book about the educators and students who make Mission High School a special place.

Some teachers like a conference where you come away with "something you can use on Monday morning." I'm looking for learning that's more complicated, that expands my understanding of teaching and schools.

The opinions expressed in Capturing the Spark: Energizing Teaching and Schools are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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