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January 08, 2015

Teacher Evaluation 3.0 #TBT

There are stellar teachers, mediocre teachers, and poor ones. All can learn and grow with the times if led and supported.

December 18, 2014

Grading Students' Work: Past or Future World? #TBT

How can we consider changing the tradition of grading without engaging in serious and respectful conversations with those advocating for it?

November 04, 2014

Time Magazine Tackles Tenure

The quality of the education students receive in a school rests largely on the teachers in it. The achievement of the students in schools, however, depends on a vast array of factors.

September 07, 2014

The Accountability Timeline: Putting Students First

The standards are new. The evaluation systems are new. Everyone has to learn something. Now even those who put them in place in the first place are rethinking the accountability timeline.

June 15, 2014

Tenure Is Neither the Problem nor the Solution

Teachers cannot work at the "whim" of a board or leader. School faculties cannot be turned over every time a leader changes. Employment cannot be threatened every time a teacher speaks out in support of an unpopular idea or against a policy or disciplines a child or doesn't pick the "right" child for the play or team.

May 29, 2014

We Need to Get Better at Doing Our Own Public Relations

Word spreads easily when we are against something. Negativity loves company. But public relations is a profession and it is not in our training. It is not a matter of defending our profession. Rather, it is a matter of being better at sharing what it is we do and inviting conversations with those who do not understand.

April 22, 2014

Springtime Evaluations Offer a Glorious Opportunity

Thinking about the conversations with faculty and staff now, as the evaluation process is in full gear, can set the beginning of a new journey. Not a big shift, more like a rudder, unseen but causing the shift into a new direction.

March 27, 2014

Are We Ready to Consider Coaching Instead?

What if we replaced observation with a purposeful coaching model? First, we have to learn how to have conversations. The coaching conversation involves a dance between listening, asking open questions, and enough silence so that answers come from a deeper mind than the reactive one and a more heartfelt place.

March 25, 2014

Do We Need to Change Teacher Observation?

We have negotiated boundaries around observation and evaluation. We have laws and mandates we must follow. It is time for them to change. Maybe there can be some kind of shift, even within existing boundaries, that can allow for newer and richer and more worthwhile processes to emerge.

March 20, 2014

Teacher Leaders Welcomed

Teachers need to be invited and encouraged to take the initial steps into leadership. We hope the best among us, those who are motivated by deep passion for service and love for children and for learning, respond positively to the invitation.

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