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July 30, 2013

Lead the Common Core With an Open Mind

The Common Core cannot be successfully implemented until we free ourselves from past practices and allow the structural changes required for it to work. Our teachers will be our best informants.

June 20, 2013

Leadership Requires Asking Essential Questions

Leaders have refined their questions in the feedback conversations associated with new evaluation processes. These questions belong, not only the classroom, but in our work with faculty, parents, students, the public at large.

March 21, 2013

Change Standards, Test Students, Measure Schools

We are being asked to lean on our students to prove we are doing our job using a single measure and we know it is not fair to them. Teachers and leaders are faced with the additional burden of being directly evaluated by these results also knowing there is an expected slump in results during these first years of implementation of an expectedly flawed process.

March 19, 2013

Implementing the Common Core and Mr. Potato Head

How can the Common Core be implemented successfully when the implementation of the Common Core (at least right now) leaves no time for professional learning, so teachers can make changes in how they think and plan for discovery, creativity, reflection, and fun.

February 20, 2013

Remediation for High School Graduates: Why?

The collegiate response enabled us, in a clinical sense, to send our graduates along to college. It kept our graduation reports looking good. And it kept college enrollments up. As much bad press as the Common Core has received, it may very well be a beacon for us and help us return to deeper and more rigorous treatment of text in all subject areas.

January 22, 2013

Longer School Day, Longer School Year

Now is the time to prepare our schools and avoid a swift legislative action from crashing down around us again. We can get an edge on this movement by getting ready. As leaders we have the responsibility to step up and the first step is asking good questions.

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