June 2010 Archives

These Seven Principles: Our Plea to Congress

The reality of classrooms and schools is complex and requires the knowledge and expertise of teachers who have the experience to know what works.


Education Policies One Reason for the "Enthusiasm Gap"

Republican voters are much more motivated to vote than Democrats, and the administration's handling of our schools may be one reason teachers are unenthusiastic.


Many Wrong Choices do Not Make Pay for Test Scores any More Right

The more we focus on all these incentives, and the means by which they might be made more "fair," the farther we get from the real interests of our students


Does Duncan Really Believe Teachers Support Race to the Top?

The Department of Education has a serious credibility problem when it is reported that they are telling members of Congress that America's teachers support merit pay and Race to the Top.


Time to Use our Outside Voices!

We have waited for our invitation to the table. We have used our "inside voices." Now it is time for our outside voices to be heard.


A Teacher's NEWPrint for School Change

We must build a genuine sense of accountability among teachers by giving them real responsibility for learning in their schools.


Arizona Mural Teaches a Lesson about Racism

Miller Valley Elementary School chose a beautiful mural to celebrate the students there - but then tried to "lighten" the faces to quell a racist response.


Virtual Teach-in Kicks off the Summer of Teacher Discontent

We are going to combine our understanding of the realities of our classroom with some real insights from experts, and figure out a set of policies we can believe in.


A Quality Teacher in Every Classroom: New Report Takes on Evaluation

A group of California teachers offers a report featuring detailed proposals for reshaping evaluation, so that it becomes a tool for helping teachers to grow


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