President Obama is often described as an eloquent speaker. When the President invited four teachers to the White House for lunch this week, I discovered that he is an eloquent listener, too.

Parents, principals, and teachers share most convictions about what our kids need. We're the sleeping giant. What power might we wield if we woke up?

When think tanks ponder recruitment and retention, their solutions often neglect the factors that matter most to my generation and the next.

Nobody pines for kerosene lanterns, mimeograph machines, or 8-track tapes. What will it take to break our dependence on the 1914 bubble test?

Students dream big. I realized last week that parents can dream big, too. We just need the invitation.

Textbook companies have a lot to lose if districts turn to the collective knowledge of teachers rather than commercial programs, packages, and consultants. Our students have a lot to gain.

Policymakers and teachers need each other. Here's why.

What if practicing teachers served as faculty alongside education professors, with similar pay, status, and influence in shaping teacher prep?

Arne Duncan has said the right things, partnered with the right people, and admitted there's a problem. Will he do what it takes to solve it?

Next to coffee, time is teachers' most precious resource. Why, then, spend precious class hours teaching kids to play a board game?


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