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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...

November 18, 2010

Live From Orlando, It's NCTE

Welcome to sunny Orlando, where it's a balmy 75 degrees and you can easily spot the NCTE attendees because they're the only adults not accompanied by children. There are also some tell tale signs like folks carrying canvas bags labeled "Reading Recovery" with their heads bowed in their books. (My n...

October 26, 2010

'Where Is Your Test Data?'

Here's pretty scary vision of a school collaborative planning meeting. (I really hope that the transcript is made up and not adapted from an actual meeting. ... ) (HT: The Answer Sheet.)

September 10, 2010

New Teacher Blogs

Just a heads-up: We're excited to kick off the new school year off with two new teacher blogs on our site: In Coach G's Teaching Tips, instructional coach David Ginsburg offers sage advice on classroom practice, with a strong focus on classroom management. In Leading From the Classroom, Patrick Le...

September 07, 2010

What New Teachers Need This Time of Year

Frustrated young teachers wonder why they didn't get more help from colleagues.

September 03, 2010

Tell Me a Story

Dan Brown says that the best teaching books are driven by personal stories as opposed to abstract theories and generic technical illustrations:

August 31, 2010

Getting Serious About 21st-Century Skills

Education policy writers Andrew J. Rotherham and Daniel Willingham argue that the 21st-century skills movement, despite its obvious relevance to the needs of today's students, risks devolving into a mere fad if reformers don't devote more attention to the infrastructure (both organizational and intellectual) of teaching and learning.

July 21, 2010

Save Professional Development! (Or Maybe Not ...)

In an op-ed in The Seattle Times, Stephanie Hirsh and Patricia Wasley—the Executive Director of the National Staff Development Council and a professor of education at the University of Washington, respectively—lament budget cuts targeting teacher professional development. But, in an intere...

July 14, 2010

Indiana Creates Turnaround Leadership Academy

The Indiana Department of Education and Marian University have teamed up to create a new principal academy for administrators in struggling schools.

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