(This is the first post in a two-part series on this topic.) Last week, Juan Cortes asked: Many times teacher are told by our districts to follow specific programs, but many times those programs do not differentiate or do not address specific needs of my students. How can I balance following what my district tells me vs what I feel the students need? I'll be responding to Juan's excellent question in two parts -- watch for another post later this week that will include more guest responses and comments from readers. Today's post features what I'm sure most readers will ...


Juan Cortes asks: Many times teacher are told by our districts to follow specific programs, but many times those programs do not differentiate or do not address specific needs of my students. How can I balance following what my district tells me vs what I feel the students need? What a great question, Juan! Please share your thoughts in the comments or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of seven published by published by Jossey-Bass. You can send questions ...


(This is the second post in a two-part series on this topic. You can see Part One here) Last week's question was: What Is Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) & How Does It Work? In the ongoing teacher evaluation debate, Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) is often highlighted by educators as an effective tool for teacher support and development. However, many others are unclear about how it actually works. This week's two-part series features contributions from leading advocates and creators of PAR programs throughout the United States. With those articulate voices here, I can only offer some additional resources that I've compiled ...


(This is the first post in a two-part series on this topic) Last week's question was: What Is Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) & How Does It Work? In the ongoing teacher evaluation debate, Peer Assistance and Review (PAR) is often highlighted by educators as an effective tool for teacher support and development. However, many others are unclear about how it actually works. This week's two-part series features contributions from leading advocates and creators of PAR programs throughout the United States. I will also be publishing readers' comments in Part Two. With those articulate voices here, I can only offer some additional ...


This week's "question of the week" is: What Is Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) & How Does It Work? In the ongoing teacher evaluation debate, Peer Assistance and Review is often highlighted by educators as an effective tool for teacher support and development. However, many others are unclear about how it actually works. Please share your thoughts in the comments -- especially if you have direct experience with PAR, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. The responses to these questions are going to turn into a two-part series, so there will be plenty of room for contributions ...


Last week's question was: What are the Do's & Don'ts of Project-Based Learning? Few people know more about Project-Based Learning than Suzie Boss, and she graciously agreed to respond to this "question of the week." In addition, several readers left thoughtful comments. Between them, I don't really have much to add. However, I have collected useful resources on multiple cooperative learning activities, including on Project-Based Learning. You might want to explore The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas. Response From Suzie Boss Suzie Boss is an education writer and consultant who focuses on project-based learning and social change. She is the ...


This week's "question of the week" is: What are the Do's & Don'ts of Project-Based Learning? Please share your thoughts in the comments, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. The responses to these questions are going to turn into a multi-part series, so there will be plenty of room for contributions from readers. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of seven published by published by Jossey-Bass. You can send questions to me at [email protected] you send in your question, let me know ...


(This is the second post in a two-part series on this topic. You can see Part One here) Mary Lou Baker asked: "How can we best prepare our students for the common core in language arts?" As I mentioned in the last post, I have been no fan of the Common Core standards (see The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards). However, one of the key lessons I learned in my nineteen year community organizing career was that, though we should always recognize the tension inherent in "the world as we'd like it to be" and "the world ...


(This is the first post in a two-part series on this topic) Mary Lou Baker asked: "How can we best prepare our students for the common core in language arts?" I have been no fan of the Common Core standards (see The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards). However, one of the key lessons I learned in my nineteen year community organizing career was that, though we should always recognize the tension inherent in "the world as we'd like it to be" and "the world as it is," living in the former seldom leads to success in the ...


Mary Lou Baker asks: "How can we best prepare our students for the common core in language arts?" Please share your thoughts in the comments, or, if you prefer, feel free to email them to me. The responses to these questions are going to turn into a multi-part series, so there will be plenty of room for contributions from readers. Anyone whose question is selected for this weekly column can choose one free book from a selection of seven published by published by Jossey-Bass. You can send questions to me at [email protected] you send in your question, ...


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