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June 14, 2016

Leadership Response to the Demand for Change

Leaders in this century must be leaders of change. In their discernment role, they must also determine the change to embrace and the one to resist.

October 27, 2015

President Obama, Are You Sure Standardized Testing Is the Problem?

From a political perspective, it might quiet the storm of opposition and save the standards but isn't it just the same reactivity that got us here in the first place?

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 25, 2015

The Opt-Out Movement Could Provide the Seeds for the Revolution We Need

Now is an opportunity to reach out to the parents who have become actively engaged in a movement to protect children from the stresses of over testing, and capture their interest and energy.

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.

June 18, 2015

Teachers and Leaders: Question the Meaning and Purpose of Evaluation

No matter the intention of the assessment of performance, whether of student, teacher, or principal, the result is an evaluation that is most often received as a judgment of and a stopping place for the evaluated.

May 12, 2015

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

Consensus becomes the scythe that clears the path forward.

April 21, 2015

Accountability, Assessment, and Atlanta: Lessons for Educators

No longer is it about how one teaches, it is about what children learn. The stakes have changed.

April 09, 2015

Will New Teacher Evaluation Requirements and Increased Focus on Standardized Testing Have Any Positive Results?

How can we assess teachers as doing a good job or not, if the system in which they are working does not allow for designing the learning opportunities required to prepare their students?

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.

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