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January 25, 2017

My Top 10 Reads of 2016

Ten books that rocked my world in 2016. A mix of fiction and non-fiction, all delicious.

January 29, 2015

Nine Reasons Teachers are Unwilling to Stand Up for Their Profession

If teachers are ever going to establish themselves as fully professional, they will need to develop an authentic, very public voice and vehicles to advocate for their professional interests and control over their own work. What did the teachers in one state believe were the core reasons for apparent teacher apathy, compliance and unwillingness to speak out against destructive policies and practices?

January 08, 2015

The Nonexistent Secret Sauce in Hiring Good Teachers

Jose Vilson's book reflects teacher hiring, teaching, and public education, perfectly: the most important truths emerge in the dialogue, but it's a messy and imperfect process. The qualities essential for good teaching are place-based, deeply personal and rest more on character than quantitative measures. You can't test scientifically for an outstanding educator like Jose Vilson. Thank goodness.

December 24, 2014

Best and Worst Ed-Books of 2014: An Oddball List

There are reviewers (both formal and casual) who judge a book entirely by one aspect: Does the author agree with me? Not: Have I learned something new from this book? Has it pushed on any of my perspectives? Does it present its case in an engaging or unique way? Or even: Did this book raise my blood pressure? Because that can be useful.

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