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July 09, 2017

Teaching History: A Leadership Lesson From the 4th of July

Curriculum is the developmental ecosystem of learning opportunities, strategically placed by teachers working together.

October 04, 2015

Arne Duncan to John King, Jr.: Leadership Change at the Department of Education

Acting Secretary, John King, Jr. is not one to shrink from controversy. It is unlikely that will be the definition of "acting" for him.

June 23, 2015

The Common Core Is Not the Problem

It is the assessments and how they are used that is the heart of the issue.

May 12, 2015

Consensus in Action: I Understand. I Can Agree. I Will Support.

Consensus becomes the scythe that clears the path forward.

March 04, 2015

Common Core and PARCC: What About the Children?

There are questions about the value of national standards, the appropriate nature of some of the standards in the earlier grades, and angst about the use of standardized testing to change teaching and learning and evaluate students and teachers.

September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: National Standards

Advice from 1990 offers guidance about how local school districts can lead the implementation of the Common Core with the welfare of the students held as the beacon for the change.

July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Raising Standards Requires Transition Leadership

Perhaps, it is not the decision that is the problem per se; perhaps, it is the strategy for implementation. If leaders reach out to those who are impacted, they can explain rationales, allow preparation time and help people through the necessary transitions.

May 25, 2014

Common Core is Hard Work

We need to get better at teaching the public what it is we do, what our work truly is, and the process through which we all go in order to get where we are headed.

August 29, 2013

Good Questions Are Powerful Tools

If we model a shift in practice in the way we interact with questions outside of the classroom, it may become easier for our teachers to shift the types of questions they are asking of their students.

August 18, 2013

Do Our Policymakers Know How to Lead Change?

Policy and agency leaders have decided to fail the children, the teachers and school leaders as a way of motivating us into action. They have become impatient with us, rather than examine themselves.

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