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May 26, 2019

Three Ways School Leaders Can Undo Grading Inequities

Despite all this progress to chart education's future as a launch pad for an equitable and innovative society, we still see remnants of 19th-century practices in our day-to-day work in secondary settings, says guest blogger and public educator Eric Saibel.

March 10, 2019

12 Books You Need on Your Leadership Bookshelf

Every so often I love when I get into a space of learning where I can sit down, read a book, and take multiple notes, writes Peter DeWitt.

February 25, 2019

Let's Give Up the Search for 'Best Practices' in Grading

Let's give up the search for "best practices" in grading. Best practices are often not as great as we are told.

September 09, 2018

How Can We Improve Professional Inquiry?

When questions arise about some aspect of assessment or grading, educators today seldom turn to reliable sources of research or evaluation evidence. They don't look for well-designed studies that have been published in reputable journals. Instead they turn to books, blogs, and social media as their primary sources of information. Basing policies and practices on the opinions gathered from books, blogs, and social media is a sure ticket to disaster.

May 20, 2018

Labels Aren't the Problem; It's Their Permanence and Scope

In a previous blog post, Peter DeWitt wrote about the dark side of labelling students. Labels sometimes assign students to fixed categories, and getting out of that category can be tough. To remedy the potentially negative consequences of labels we must do two things, and here, Thomas Guskey writes what those.

May 13, 2018

Are Labels Preventing Students from Succeeding?

Research shows that labels do not always have a positive impact on students. Should schools continue to use labels to help students succeed? Are those labels actually helping?

July 05, 2017

Getting Into Classrooms With a Coach Approach

The value of being in classrooms to provide feedback seems like an obvious one, and yet so many principals can find themselves trapped in their office, piled under the daily minutia preventing them from getting into classrooms to provide feedback.

May 30, 2017

What Is the Future of Individualized Education Programs?

Do IEP's single you out because you're different or help you become a better learner?

May 07, 2017

If Video Is So Powerful, Shouldn't Principals Use It Too?

Too often principals ask teachers and coaches to do something that they aren't going to do themselves. Is video one of them?

April 20, 2017

Why Differentiation Misses the Mark for Gifted Students

Can gifted students' needs be met through differentiated instruction in a "regular" classroom?

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