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.
When all is said and done, teaching must be first and foremost an act of love! - Richard Lakin
Teachers need to be skilled at creating learning experiences and opportunities, and experts at making sense of students' work in order to support their progress.
What does it look like when professional development days are not only highly professional, but celebratory, and inspiring?
Teachers want to grow in their practice and help their schools improve. How do we capture the spark that helps educators build on their strengths?