How do you share lessons and resources with your colleagues? Do you email lessons back and forth? Or, maybe you share and access lessons and activities on a school server. Perhaps your district has made lessons available on a website or portal. If so, are the resources searchable by standards? Are there ways for teachers to make comments to make suggestions or recommendations for improvement? Can other teachers in other districts and states share their lessons with yours? These are the questions I'm thinking about as I listen to a presentation from Richard Culatta, Deputy Director at the US Department ...


At the Celebration and Teaching and Learning Conference last week, I was part of the panel presentation for Realizing Teacher Leader Roles in the Future of School Transformation...NOW with Barnett Barry, President of the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ) and Lori Nazareno, Co-Lead Teacher of the Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy, a teacher-led school in Denver Colorado. We highlighted the vision for what the teaching profession could be in 2030, but more importantly we had productive discussions about how teacher leaders today can begin this transformation. While having the big picture direction and vision are critical, this transformation of ...


Anyone reading anything about education this week inevitably read about the latest results from The Metlife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents, and the Economy. And there's lots of commentary from the results. Discussing survey results is always interesting, as authors will choose specific components to highlight based on their perspective. Edweek chose to highlight the wording from the Major Findings from the report of how the percentage of teachers who are "very satisfied" has declined significantly from 2009 from 59% to 44%. Then, in the Huffington Post, one commentary says, "Over the past two years of gut-punching, teacher ...


How can substantial resources and innovative technologies transform your professional learning? As part of a teacher delegation with the Center for Teaching Quality (CTQ), I attended the recent Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching & Teachers Conference sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It's this question of resources and transformation that I'm thinking about as I watch a panel presentation about the Measures of Effective Teaching (MET) Project. The purpose of this $45 million dollar project is to better understand what effective teaching looks like. As part of just one component of the data collection, teachers are given tools to videotape ...


Two important education related news events occurred this week. On Wednesday, February 15th, the US Department of Education (ED) launched Project RESPECT. The day before on Tuesday, February 14th, in Virginia, the State Senate defeated the proposal to end teacher tenure protections where teachers could be arbitrarily dismissed without demonstrating just cause. While both news events relate to different levels of governance, these events will be inevitably interconnected for future education discussions. The US Department of Education's Project RESPECT is an acronym for Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching. Video streaming by Ustream At Wednesday's Teacher Town Hall, ...


Marsha Ratzel is a National Board Certified Teacher who teaches middle school math and science in Kansas. Her blog, Reflections of a Techie, focuses on technology integration in the classroom. Last month at the Center for Teaching Quality, I had the opportunity to meet with Marsha and the 22 NBCTs from North Carolina and Kentucky who are piloting curriculum tools to support the Common Core Standards. As with any movement that brings change to the classroom, there are opportunities and challenges for teacher leadership. Marsha's discusses her thoughts on teacher leadership and the Common Core in this week's guest post. ...


Do you remember seeing your first portrayal of teachers? I do. As a child, I remember Charlie Brown's teacher portrayed in the comics and cartoons. Then there was Ben Stein from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Remember? Anyone? Does the public image and portrayal of teachers affect the prestige of the teaching profession? Suzanne Labarre, a senior editor at Co.Design, asks "Could a Rebranding Help Give Teachers the Prestige They Deserve?" It's a crappy time to be a teacher. The budget cuts. The overcrowded classrooms. The infuriating constraints of No Child Left Behind. To add insult to injury, teachers just ...


Last week, I wrote about Apple's Potential Game Changer in Education. Apple's announcement of tools to empower anyone to be a textbook publisher on the iPad met various positive and critical reviews. Ronnie Burt over at The Edublogger" explains that Apple's education announcement was "Not a Game Changer." "The announcements today by Apple do not result in any major way of changing the way we approach education. This isn't really Apple's fault, as nobody has yet to crack this one and do it well. You still have "curriculum" being created in advance and given to teachers and students exactly like ...


As you may have heard today, Apple announced their E-Textbook Initiative to enter and revolutionize the textbook market, specifically centering these initiatives to highlight the potential of the iPad in education. iBooks Author allows anyone to create a textbook for the iPad. One can create a textbook on the iPad with multimedia and interactive features such as video, interactive images, Keynote presentations, and 3D images. There are also "review" tools that allow the author to create multiple choice and drag and drop questions. iBooks 2 is their updated eReader that takes advantage of many of the iPad's interactive and multimedia ...


As preparations are being made to develop an online community for educators to share ideas, resources, and have discussions about teacher leadership and the Teacher Leadership Standards, I think of my own experiences that have enhanced my own understanding of teacher leadership. Specifically, I think of the teacher leadership opportunities to contribute to the education profession outside the classroom or school. The first experience was earning National Board Certification. Shortly after earning certification, I had the opportunity to participate in the Digital Edge Learning Interchange with Apple, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), AT&T, and the National ...


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