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December 10, 2010

Teachers Should Pitch Their Own Stories

NPR's Michele Norris says that, to turn the negative education conversation around, teachers should be vocal about their classroom successes.

December 09, 2010

Teacher 'Learning Walks' Encourage 'Stealing' and Positivity

A "learning walk" is a simple but potentially game-changing idea that some say can weed out ineffective teachers and help great teachers spread their best practices.

December 07, 2010

Teacher Observations: More 'Accurate' Data, Less 'Cupcake Bias'

A retired teacher argues that data-based observations are an accurate and unbiased method for evaluating teachers.

December 07, 2010

Way to Go, Bill!

Live from the Learning Forward annual conference in Atlanta. Congratulations to an accomplished teacher leader and great friend to Education Week Teacher, Bill Ferriter, for receiving the 2010 Learning Forward Staff Development Book of the Year Award. Bill was given the award for Building a Profes...

December 07, 2010

Administrators Preach on Project RISE

Live from the Learning Forward annual conference in Atlanta. Back to a recap of my second session on Monday: I walked in late to a presentation about Project RISE (Rewards and Incentives for School Educators). Administrators from Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Fla. spoke about the Teacher Ince...

December 06, 2010

How Key Is Approachability for a Principal?

Live from the Learning Forward annual conference in Atlanta. Douglas Reeves, founder of the Leadership and Learning Center in Englewood, Colo., gave the second keynote during lunch. His talk included a lot of big data-driven ideas - why schools should focus on one task at a time, the importance of direct modeling for teachers, the need to spend more time teaching non-fiction writing - accompanied by some bells and whistles (a clip from Steve Carrel's "Get Smart" with lots of explosions included).

December 06, 2010

Upcoming Book Club Title Makes a Cameo Appearance

Live from the Learning Forward annual conference in Atlanta. This one's a bit of a teaser, but... I was pleased to see our new Teacher Book Club book - which we will unveil next week - on prominent display in the exhibit area. The bright cover and catchy title make it hard to miss! The publishing rep told me he knows of a few schools in Connecticut using it for professional development book studies. I'm hoping to get in touch with those schools and bring them into the January discussion.

December 06, 2010

PLCs for Analyzing Student Work

Live from the Learning Forward annual conference in Atlanta. I sat in on a couple intimate morning sessions - quite a difference from the enormous several-hundred-person breakfast and keynote this morning.

December 06, 2010

How Atlanta Uses PD in School Turnaround Efforts

Live from the Learning Forward annual conference in Atlanta Good morning! A quick post before I head into my first "concurrent session" here at the Learning Forward conference. Beverly Hall, Atlanta Public Schools superintendent, just finished a keynote address about her district's major turnaroun...

December 05, 2010

What Happens in Atlanta...Gets Blogged About Here

Live from the Learning Forward annual conference in Atlanta Just got down to Atlanta for the Learning Forward annual conference. (Formerly known as NSDC, Learning Forward is a nonprofit professional organization focused on staff and school improvement. The group will actually be starting to blog on...

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