The road trips have ended, so it's time for a final blog post at "Road Trips in Education." I'll continue blogging at EdWeek Teacher, under the title "Capturing the Spark."

Having just resumed my English teaching duties back at my school, I recall the other high school English teachers I saw on my journey. Each of them has given me something to think about as I try to return to form, and then grow in my profession.

Edcamp is a great model of grassroots organization and participant leadership- so what happens when larger numbers of people, organizations and institutions latch on that idea?

TNTP's report, "The Mirage," suggests that we're currently wasting a lot of money in failed attempts to help teachers who mostly lack self-awareness, vision, ambition, and the capacity for improvement.

My recent vacation produced a valuable lesson about life and learning, a reminder of how hard it is to turn off expectations and simply be open to what you find. The lesson began at the moment I changed my mind about walking out of a performance by a steel drum band.

Ron Thorpe articulated a grand idea about improving the teaching profession and pursued it with gusto, never dissuaded by the scope of the challenge or the likelihood of some stumbles along the way.

Discussions of curriculum and instruction are integral to our profession, but at times we neglect some of the foundational concerns that enable or inhibit learning in the first place. That's the value of understanding identity safe classrooms.

Since they were in elementary school, we've told our students that if they worked hard, they could go to college, that education was the path towards financial security. What if that's not true?

In "Defies Measurement," Shannon Puckett has produced a documentary that illustrates what has been lost, and what we stand to lose, through the misuse of standardized test results to drive education reform.

After visiting 63 schools spanning almost 900 miles of California, I'm done with the road trips - but the learning continues.


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