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June 02, 2016

Schools Need Collective Leaders' Voices to Advocate for Change

Leadership voices have been directed at objection and resistance toward the national mandates and state implementations of them. The pull away from that toward voices raised with new vision and a plan can feel like the removal of a suction cup that has been securely attached to a wall.

May 22, 2016

The Key to Student Success: Build Educator and Collective Capacity

While it is well established that many factors can increase student performance, the most important factor is the quality of the classroom teacher.

May 05, 2016

Time and Schedules: Ally or Constraint?

Our value about the use of time, expecting almost all of it as scheduled as teaching time, runs counter to the current need to change the way teaching and learning take place.

April 28, 2016

National Standards and Local Control

A national value for a highly educated population to preserve our democracy and a highly prepared workforce to sustain our national economy gives the federal government an interest in our work that cannot be denied.

April 10, 2016

Is the Opt-Out Movement in N.Y. at a Tipping Point?

Spring testing season has arrived and, the tug of war about the tests continues. The charges made against the tests, in general, boil down to 6 essentials.

April 03, 2016

Leaders Can Motivate Teachers and Students in Spite of Evaluations

Evaluations will be part of the educational process for children and the adults who learn and work in our schools for the foreseeable future. But, the system ought not rely on the evaluations to motivate.

March 29, 2016

Discover, Acknowledge, and Learn From Your Innovative Teachers

Leaders, while striving to find their own vision for possibilities, need only to look inside their schools for innovative teachers who are pushing against boundaries and inviting a more flexible interaction between student and teacher.

March 22, 2016

How Can Schools Develop Assessments That Matter?

It is in the hands of the teachers and leaders to grab hold of the assessments developed within the school and have them be more reflective of the school's values about student success, using feedback, coaching, and encouragement along the learning path.

February 02, 2016

Redefining Learning: The Goochland Journey Toward Deeper Learning

We have learned that development needs to take place with principals, with both opportunities for "in the trenches" training alongside teachers and to training for assessing the quality of learning teachers are designing and implementing.

January 28, 2016

Can STEM Be Education's Disruptive Innovation?

At what point are educators complicit in the decision about which students will be knowledge workers and which can not?

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