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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.

March 07, 2013

Principal's Role Changing, Says MetLife Survey

Principals have jobs that are rapidly changing and they have little control over the heart of the school...what is being taught and how and by whom. Even principals who have developed and support healthy, rich, nurturing, learning environments, know that they are chasing a moving target and tomorrow it might be different.

February 28, 2013

Thomas Sobol: 'My Life In School' Is a Book Worth Reading

Tom Sobol gives us an unusual opportunity to not only look at what he dreamed and how he tried, but how he felt along the way. This book offers us a bold and heartfelt story, told by a man now confined to a wheelchair, of the long and winding road leaders walk.

February 26, 2013

Teacher and Principal Evaluation That Makes a Difference

Since the implementation process is well underway, what can we do to be the transformers? How can we use this debilitating opportunity to actually improve our principals and teachers? This is worth doing. If we begin a new process and simply skim over it without honoring its value, its introduction may be accepted, but not attended to. We have to push against our institutional habit of clinging to the old ways.

February 24, 2013

EdWeek's Leaders to Learn From

What is good about these successes is their unquestionable result - making things better for children. Sustainability is judged by a two-fold criterion: Will the change or program be sustained beyond the years of the leader who brought it about? Will it be flexible enough to morph into its next form when the need arises with or without the present leadership?

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.

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