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April 11, 2012

Should Teachers Be Responsible for Teaching Social Issues?

In February, I wrote a commentary for Education Week called Dignity for All and it focused on safeguarding LGBT students. I should begin by saying that everyone has an issue that they care about and mine happens to be safeguarding LGBT students. However, I feel strongly that we need to work harder a...

April 04, 2012


Today's guest blog is written by Patrick T. Kobler, an inner city high school social studies teacher from Texas who reads Finding Common Ground. Patrick is the founder of an education reform website that seeks to bring all backgrounds and viewpoints to the table for though...

March 20, 2012

Why Focus on LGBT Students?

Every student has a right to feel nurtured when they enter into school. A few weeks ago I wrote a commentary for Education Week entitled Dignity for All. It was based on my book with Corwin Press that was released last week with the same title. When I was doing my doctoral work at Sage College of...

March 17, 2012

What Is Failure?

What is failure? In the media we hear about failing teachers, failing students and failing schools. Students who get retained, say they failed a grade, as much as the educators around them try to call it something else. There are so many ways we fail. Some of those failures are socially acceptable...

March 12, 2012

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing: The Issue of Retention

We need to stop putting our expectations on our students and start helping them find their own. It's that time of year when educators continue the 3 R's but turn their attention to the 4th R, which is retention. Students who have struggled all year are now being put on the list of students who ar...

March 06, 2012

Roadblocks to Reading: An Interview with Richard Allington

In the recent issue of Educational Leadership (March 2012), Richard Allington and Rachael Gabriel wrote an article called Every Child, Every Day. They laid out six simple steps that all educators can do to get students reading. These action steps take very few resources but they do take the effort ...

February 23, 2012

The Transient Student

"Each person has something to contribute to the group, and the group is diminished without that contribution" (Tomlinson et al.p.30). They walk into our schools mid-year. Sometimes it's the beginning or middle of a random month. Long after teachers have created bonds with their students and begin...

February 12, 2012

The Stigma of Low Expectations

"We underestimate students when they fall short of expectations because they don't understand the school game and we determine that they lack motivation. " Carol Ann Tomlinson Recently, I read another great article in Educational Leadership by Carol Ann Tomlinson. Carol co-authored the article with...

February 10, 2012

Improving the Forecast for Learning: Tips for a Great Winter Recess

Jill Vialet, CEO and Founder of Playworks Schools, offers advice on what schools can do when winter weather makes an outdoor recess too challenging.

February 06, 2012

What is Your Achilles Heel?

The current economic and political climate could become the Achilles Heel for schools but they must not let it. Everyone has an Achilles Heel. It's the one thing that can take even the strongest of individuals to a dark place. Depending on the individual or the situation, an Achilles Heel can tak...

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The opinions expressed in Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground are strictly those of the author(s) and do not reflect the opinions or endorsement of Editorial Projects in Education, or any of its publications.

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