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September 14, 2015

Unpacking After 'Road Trips'

The road trips have ended, so it's time for a final blog post at "Road Trips in Education." I'll continue blogging at EdWeek Teacher, under the title "Capturing the Spark."

August 30, 2015

The Limitations of Imitation

Having just resumed my English teaching duties back at my school, I recall the other high school English teachers I saw on my journey. Each of them has given me something to think about as I try to return to form, and then grow in my profession.

May 23, 2015

End of the Road, Continuing the Journey

After visiting 63 schools spanning almost 900 miles of California, I'm done with the road trips - but the learning continues.

April 23, 2015

Trusting Our Students

When teachers are trusted to take student learning in new and exciting directions, they are in a position to extend that trust to students. It's a powerful step for those ready and willing to take it.

March 27, 2015

Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools

While it's clear that libraries and librarians have a significantly positive impact on students and schools, we still have to fight to keep these vital resources in our schools and municipalities.

March 18, 2015

The Perfect Person for Imperfect Circumstances

Don't ask schools, students, or teachers to rise to your expectations of excellence if you aren't just as deep in the fight for their expectation of equity.

January 26, 2015

Learning That Lasts

I find myself wrestling with an idea that's mildly unsettling for my practice: maybe we teachers worry too much about knowledge.

January 16, 2015

Teacher Leadership Drives Successful Turnaround

For years, I've been skeptical about federal policy relating to school improvement grants requiring the use of certain school turnaround models. Recently, I visited a high school that has me checking my assumptions after seeing the success of their turnaround effort.

December 24, 2014

Education Investments Reflect Expectations

We say students should graduate from high school "college and career ready" - but what does it look like when a school really commits to student learning that lives up to that ideal?

December 14, 2014

The Virtue of Reinventing the Wheel

One path to education innovation may be the reinvent-the-wheel approach. Because the wheel can be reinvented.

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