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December 12, 2013

Teacher and Principal Evaluation for Improvement or a Score?

The potential the evaluation process holds has been diminished by the rush to implement. It takes time to reflect on practice and have discussions about changing behaviors. Are we allowing for the creation and protection of environments that encourage people to develop their creativity, adaptability, and passion?

December 10, 2013

How Can We Expand Our Capacity to Teach and Improve Learning?

Teachers have worked harder within the same system that has been in place for many decades. There comes a point where harder won't help. Too many factors exist now for a 'work harder' mentality to be successful.

December 08, 2013

We Need 'A Little Bit of Mandela' in Every Leader

Courage requires great heart and it calls us to withhold power from the hands of fear. There is so much fear around us now we must be more courageous. Whether leading a nation or a school, we are called to dare greatly, some days more than others.

December 05, 2013

Can Reform and Good Work Merge?

If the ideals in which we are in service are to create successful learners, ready for college, career and life...we can not dismiss the work done each day in schools by teachers and leaders that contribute to an environment in which all students can flourish.

December 03, 2013

Assessment vs. Accountability

We need a bolder reform agenda, one that opens minds and creativity, radically changes how schools are funded, reinvents classroom and school house, changes our calendars and keep our youth engaged in learning year round, envisions less brick and mortar, more community connection and, that brings little ones to school at 4 and allows them move on, when they are ready.

December 01, 2013

Is the Problem Data, the Common Core, or Trust?

While calling for transparency of student, teacher and principal data, policy makers and state leaders ignore calls from the field to have open and honest conversation.

November 29, 2013

Reading Leaders

If we elevate the value of reading, model and communicate, teach skills and solutions to reading challenges and set a goal of 'all students will read well,' perhaps the love of reading, for some, will be part of the result.

November 26, 2013

Are We Coddling the Children?

If parents, and if we, are coddling children, that is not necessarily a good thing. But, it is not coddling to protect if protection means to hope for children to be included, to be successful and to learn and grow.

November 24, 2013

Learn From Mistakes and Lead Forward

How we choose to be, how we choose to lead, is the essential core of our potential success. The goal is to learn and get back up with generosity of spirit and lead on.

November 21, 2013

Take Back Control of Professional Development

If we are to continue to develop an environment in which teachers can create the space for children to explore and discover (which is ironically part of the mandated shift), we must create the space for the teachers to do the same.

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