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April 16, 2014

John Thompson: Gallup Poll Finds Majority of Teachers "Not Engaged"

The study found that 56% of teachers polled are "not engaged." They may be satisfied with their jobs, but they are not emotionally connected to their schools. Another 13% are "actively disengaged.

March 23, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Chicago School Officials Question Children Who Opt Out: Intimidation?

Chicago Public School officials sank to a new and unprecedented low this week. Children whose parents opted them out of testing were pulled from classrooms and questioned by officials from the district law office without parents' knowledge or consent.

March 16, 2014

Gates and Duncan Seek to Use Trust in Teachers to Promote Common Core

If leadership is appointed and anointed by those in power, than it can be revoked by those in power. So if we want to be leaders, we are better off developing that status in a way that does not rely on such official designations.

March 14, 2014

San Diego Charter Teachers: Bullying Contributed to Death of Colleague

At a San Diego school board meeting on Tuesday, dramatic testimony from teachers and parents uncovered serious questions about the way their charter school has been run.

March 13, 2014

John Thompson: One Sided Hardball in New York Charter Fight

Vicious no-hold-barred competition cannot improve the lives of children. The poison dumped on adult educators always flows down onto the children.

March 03, 2014

Michelle Gunderson: Administrator's Pledge on Ethical Treatment of Students Who Opt Out

It is time for administrators to take an ethical stance and make a firm commitment to the fair and kind treatment of children whose parents have opted them out of testing.

January 30, 2014

When Someone Poops in the Closet: A Teacher's Tale

This was, without a doubt, the most challenging moment of my teaching career. If I were not so panicked, I might have appreciated the metaphor of being dumped on.

January 18, 2014

Newark Principals Speak Out, Get Suspended by Christie's Superintendent

Now Newark, New Jersey, is exploding, thanks to the attempts at intimidation by Governor Christie's hand-picked superintendent of schools, Cami Anderson.

January 04, 2014

Chicago School Rations Bathroom Visits to Help Prepare for Common Core Tests

How far will schools go to prepare for Common Core tests? From a teacher in Chicago, I received the following memo, delivered to faculty this week.

December 20, 2013

Jennifer Gonzalez Asks Teachers: What Makes a Principal Great?

A collective voice is rising that demands a more comprehensive route to school quality than the current test-and-punish system. And as we move closer to that path, we need to take a good, close look at how the actions of our principals impact the work of our teachers.

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