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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.

August 17, 2015

The Future of EdCamp

Edcamp is a great model of grassroots organization and participant leadership- so what happens when larger numbers of people, organizations and institutions latch on that idea?

August 10, 2015

Is Teacher Learning a 'Mirage'?

TNTP's report, "The Mirage," suggests that we're currently wasting a lot of money in failed attempts to help teachers who mostly lack self-awareness, vision, ambition, and the capacity for improvement.

July 24, 2015

Rolling in the Deep of Cultural Assumptions

My recent vacation produced a valuable lesson about life and learning, a reminder of how hard it is to turn off expectations and simply be open to what you find. The lesson began at the moment I changed my mind about walking out of a performance by a steel drum band.

June 19, 2015

Identity Safety Helps Students Thrive

Discussions of curriculum and instruction are integral to our profession, but at times we neglect some of the foundational concerns that enable or inhibit learning in the first place. That's the value of understanding identity safe classrooms.

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.

May 13, 2015

Reimagining Dialogue About the Teaching Profession

Reimagining the teaching profession is worthwhile, especially with teachers in the dialogue and leading the work - but must we also need to reimagine a wide range of social policies that are essential to improving children's lives.

May 03, 2015

The Future of School? "Most Likely to Succeed" Offers Ideas

A new documentary film, "Most Likely to Succeed," examines ways can improve schools and teaching to better prepare students for a future of rapid, almost unimaginable change.

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.

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