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November 04, 2012

Scaling PD in a New Online World

Traditionally, professional development is heavily linked to teacher raises and/or benefits. Unfortunately, these online tools are not particularly traditional, and thusly do not as a free product yield the fruits of an established, in person (expensive) professional development provider. There is less incentive for the average teacher to test these interesting waters, and while they may not be the ultimate solution, they are undoubtedly shaping the path to true customizable, anytime PD solutions for our teachers. Doesn't it make perfect sense to give our teachers as much access to improvement as they could possibly want?

November 01, 2012

The Glass Forest

Two very different stories about capitalism and education.

November 01, 2012

We All Support the Teacher

As far as I can tell, people are not fed up with teachers individually, but instead with the system in which they operate. I'm not saying this is necessarily a just view, but simply the reality of perception. I see a parallel to this in Congress. Political pundits love to reference the fact that the approval rating for Congress in the United States is fluctuating somewhere around 10%. What they often leave out is that reelection rates in Congress have never fallen below 80%. In other words, American voters do not dislike the work of individuals in Congress (or at least in their own district); instead, they are fed up with how the overall body of Congress is operating. Similarly, there are very few people that disprove of the work teachers do (save the occasional outlier). We all love teachers and we want them to have every opportunity available to maximize their effectiveness. This may mean that they need to adjust their teaching styles to fit the options now at their disposal.

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