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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May 18, 2016
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America has always had a complicated relationship with its public schools. Stop 100 people at the mall and ask them about their child's teacher, and you will hear affection in the vast majority of responses. Dare to suggest that a small school close and merge with another school 10 miles away, and you will hear passionate loyalty. Yet we still perceive our national system to be inferior
April 07, 2016
A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to come to Washington DC and talk about innovative models for professional development that are cropping up around the country. I sat on a panel with a very distinguished education scholar from Harvard, two practicing teachers, and two principals; all of us engaged in re-imagining how professional development can and should be delivered to teachers. I shared the work I'm helping lead in Burbank to an audience of advocates, policy-builders, union leaders, educators, and non-profit organizers.
April 05, 2016
Before making any sweeping changes to education policy, I would want to know this: What do teachers think? Even better: What do our best teachers think?
March 07, 2016
In schools across the country, the décor of hearts and snowman is being replaced by shamrocks and rainbows as the winter blahs begin to melt with the rising temperatures. I often read leprechaun tales to my students in March, encouraging them to write what they would spend the pot of gold on or w...
February 24, 2016
"You do have an ability to get students to do things, now it is about changing what you ask students to do."
February 10, 2016
Put your eye on some kind of change you would like to make--in your classroom, within your department or grade level, or within your entire school, and create your own leadership role by reaching out to another educator, Angie Miller writes.
January 19, 2016
Teachers who become Teacher-Leaders naturally strive toward creating broad, positive changes that have a big impact. As we strive toward these goals, we are also prone to making three key mistakes that can undermine the work we're doing to strengthen our schools, communities and the world of education.
January 07, 2016
Maddie Fennell explains the benefits and inclusiveness teachers will experience with the birth of the Every Student Succeeds Act.
December 17, 2015
Rebecca Mieliwocki writes an energizing and motivating post about how teachers can manage the day-to-day responsibilities in the classroom and also become a leaders in their school and community.