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November 19, 2014

Twitter Chat: What Conditions Support Good Teaching?

Join us tonight (Wed.) at 8 p.m. ET for a Twitter chat (#ewedchat) on how schools can better support good teaching.

June 05, 2013

Teachers' Data Use Becoming PD Emphasis

A recent report by the New America Foundation looks at federally funded professional development programs in Oregon and Delaware that aim to train teachers on using data to improve their instruction.

November 20, 2012

Formative Assessment-Friendly Scheduling

The Oregonian provides a glimpse into a school district that has instituted a late-start for students on Wednesday mornings so that teachers can get together for mandatory data-team meetings.

August 02, 2012

Educators Making Summer Connections

The U.S. Department of Education has declared that August is Connected Educator Month, a "celebration," as the website says, that is part of the Office of Educational Technology's Connected Educators initiative to support online professional learning. During the next four weeks, the department will ...

June 27, 2012

Novel Teacher-Retention Idea: Let Them Leave (for a While, Anyway)

In a Huffington Post column, Boston teacher Lillie Marshall says that taking a year-long leave of absence after her fifth year in teaching gave her the "renewed vigor and resources" she needed to continue in the profession and, not coincidentally, made her a much better educator. She extrapolates: ...

April 18, 2012

Ed. Scholars: Common Core Presents Crucial Moment for Teacher Collaboration

On the Atlantic's National blog, University of Michigan education professors Jeffrey Mirel and Simona Goldin express optimism that the current movement towards a common curriculum could boost what they consider woeful levels of teacher collaboration in U.S. schools: One of the key differences be...

June 08, 2011

Do Schools Need 'Pit Crews' Rather Than 'Cowboys'?

Last month, the surgeon-writer Atul Gawande gave a much talked-about commencement address at the Harvard Medical School entitled "Cowboys and Pit Crews." Gawande's argument, in essence, is that doctors' conception of their work needs to undergo a major paradigm shift. As members of an elite, speci...

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.

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 02, 2010

Schools Without Administrators, Ctd.

Teacher-led schools are cropping up at various points around the country.

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