Leadership:It's what you do, not how you look. Know the people you're leading. Public speeches and op-eds don't matter much. Persist. Take responsibility when you're wrong.

Who stands to lose when kids are heterogeneously grouped for graded projects? The student who's always been the shining star, ahead of the pack.

Is letting some students take an academic-mulligan cheating? Or a way to increase learning?

Nancy Flanagan believes in merit pay, but finds the single-salary schedule broken.

Remember when federal lawmakers saw education as a state and local issue, with the feds limited to issues of civil rights, equity and economies of scale? No more.

"Teaching is a shift from your first-name self to your last-name self, not a complete character overhaul." Sage observations from Roxanna Elden.

Almost every proposed reform--from merit pay to competitive grants to reconstituting struggling schools--can be boiled to economic motivations.

Is the teacher voice represented in policy-making? Three truths and a lie.

How we position assessment is not a primarily a technical issue, or a political concern. It's a moral issue.

Separating content and emotional security in the classroom is a false dichotomy. You don't have to love the kids you're teaching, but you do have to care about relationships--across the spectrum--to be an effective teacher.

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