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December 15, 2016

Good Teachers Change History

Whenever my students don't know what to do next, I tell them to do what seems like the next right thing. Even one small step forward counts as progress. It's time for me to take my own advice.

November 15, 2016

Teacher-Prep Regulations: A Short Primer for Educators

If educators want to ensure that our new colleagues are actually prepared to work with us, they need to be involved in the accountability systems that are being built now in every state.

October 18, 2016

Beyond the Binders: How Seeing Teachers as Learners Creates Meaningful PD That Sticks

However hard and unsettling this work might be for everyone, providing steady, stable support for our teachers' learning is THE MOST IMPORTANT work we can do.

September 15, 2016

Hello From the Other Side

Policy is written by people who have a specific point of view. Though they may have read research that you haven't, they do not know more about any of the challenges in education than you do.

September 08, 2016

Leave Summer Vacation Alone

Forcing our children to go to school for more days is not the answer. There other solutions available to supplement a child's education while still providing them time to explore the outside world.

July 23, 2016

No App Can Replace Mastery for Students or Teachers

A quick licensing route perpetuates the misconception that "Anyone can teach." Lessening the requirements for an entry-level license degrades the professionalism of teaching and disrespects the rigor required to obtain a professional license. Instead of seeking temporary fixes, individual states should seriously investigate solutions that offer teaching as a sustainable career choice and do the hard work to keep skilled teachers on the job.

July 06, 2016

Even in Virtual Classrooms, Teachers Build Bonds that Help Students Learn

Twelve years of teaching in a brick-and-mortar school has proven to me that building relationships with my students is critical to their learning. Now, in a virtual school, I struggle to build a meaningful student-teacher relationship reaching the same impact in digital environment.

June 23, 2016

When Critics Pounce: How to Survive (& Thrive) When You're Burned as a Teacher Leader

Most of us spend part of our day teaching young people how to get along, and be empathetic toward one another. And when we begin to speak out in broader ways, we do it hoping to make a positive impact and bring people together. As a result, we often find ourselves unprepared to be on the receiving end of someone else's harsh, personal criticism.

May 24, 2016

State Teacher of the Year Says Teacher Appreciation Week Not Enough

Our nation's teachers are the infrastructure of this republic. Like water pipelines, roads, and bridges their purpose is that of the common good. When they do their job, it permits every other aspect of our society to function properly. But this isn't reflected in their level of appreciation

May 18, 2016

Will Teaching Change or Will We Just Keep Complaining?

I would describe our system as a spider web of interdependency, and I believe it will take transformation of almost every thread to rebuild it into a system that our kids not only deserve, but that our economy will need to continue to grow. There is no simple, cheap miracle fix that will bring about transformative change for the education profession and the American education system; the entire web needs to be re-woven.

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