What We Shared With Obama

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.

Waking the Sleeping Giant: Practitioners' Power to Fix Education Policy

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?

What Teachers Want

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

Rip Van Winkle's One Familiar Thing: The Absurdity of Assessing 21st Century Learning With 20th Century Tests

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

Far Together: What Parent-Teacher Innovation Can Be

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

Hogwarts Sorcerers vs. Ministry of Magic Minions: Teachers as Creators of Curriculum and PD

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.

When Education Policy Goes 'Clunk': Why Teacher-Policymaker Partnerships Help Students

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

Teacher Prep Led by (Drum Roll, Please)...Teachers

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

Does Duncan Believe in 'Teach to Lead?'

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?

The Case for Chess

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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