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February 04, 2018

Multiple Grades: The First Step to Improving Grading and Reporting

Guest blogger Thomas R. Guskey says, "Grading and reporting are more of a challenge in effective communication than simply a task of quantifying data on students' performance."

September 21, 2017

Teacher Evaluation: Why Multiple Measures Matter

In an industry as large as public education and where learning is our business, one might think we'd lead the way in measures of accountability. But we are not.

September 12, 2017

It's Time for Teacher Evaluation and It's Only September!

How many can say that through the observation and evaluation process teaching and learning has improved and students were the beneficiaries?

September 07, 2017

Don't Get Rid of Grades. Change Their Meaning & Consequences!

Guest blogger Thomas R. Guskey writes: Although grades should never be the only information about learning that students and parents receive, they can be a meaningful part of that information.

March 07, 2017

After Standardized Testing--Then What?

It is important to fight for the reduction of standardized testing required. At the same time educators need the time and energy to spend on developing ways to monitor how students are developing those other skills and capacities.

February 05, 2017

Where Does Homework Fit Into the Big Picture?

No matter whether homework is the opener of the conversation or some other topic is catalytic to a reflection on current practice how things fit into the bigger picture has to be considered.

January 31, 2017

Move Beyond 'Good Enough' and Vouchers and Charters Won't Matter

When attention turns to measuring the factors that contribute to successful learning, people will feel better about their schools, and want to support them as far more than 'good enough'.

January 15, 2017

Discover the Power of The Words 'Not Yet'

In formal/academic learning what often gets in the way, for children and professionals, is the lack of time and effort given to understanding and agreeing to the objectives and standards to which we are striving.

April 03, 2016

Leaders Can Motivate Teachers and Students in Spite of Evaluations

Evaluations will be part of the educational process for children and the adults who learn and work in our schools for the foreseeable future. But, the system ought not rely on the evaluations to motivate.

March 22, 2016

How Can Schools Develop Assessments That Matter?

It is in the hands of the teachers and leaders to grab hold of the assessments developed within the school and have them be more reflective of the school's values about student success, using feedback, coaching, and encouragement along the learning path.

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