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June 09, 2016

Feeling Stuck in the 'Right Field' of Teaching? How Teachers Can Get 'Unstuck' This Summer

Your worth as a baseball player doesn't come from your position; it comes from how you play it. It's true, you can stand out there for 18 innings and put in your time and think the world is unfair. Or you can move. You can back up third or second, you can gauge the batter and you can encourage your teammates. Standing is a choice. Moving is a choice.

May 31, 2016

3 Ways to Help Make Testing Season Less Exhausting

With so much importance placed on standardized testing, do we not embed common test taking strategies, brain breaks, and celebrations into our weekly classroom experiences?

May 24, 2016

State Teacher of the Year Says Teacher Appreciation Week Not Enough

Our nation's teachers are the infrastructure of this republic. Like water pipelines, roads, and bridges their purpose is that of the common good. When they do their job, it permits every other aspect of our society to function properly. But this isn't reflected in their level of appreciation

May 18, 2016

Will Teaching Change or Will We Just Keep Complaining?

I would describe our system as a spider web of interdependency, and I believe it will take transformation of almost every thread to rebuild it into a system that our kids not only deserve, but that our economy will need to continue to grow. There is no simple, cheap miracle fix that will bring about transformative change for the education profession and the American education system; the entire web needs to be re-woven.

April 20, 2016

American Schools Still Have Bragging Rights

America has always had a complicated relationship with its public schools. Stop 100 people at the mall and ask them about their child's teacher, and you will hear affection in the vast majority of responses. Dare to suggest that a small school close and merge with another school 10 miles away, and you will hear passionate loyalty. Yet we still perceive our national system to be inferior

April 07, 2016

Answering the Million Dollar Question

A few weeks ago I had an opportunity to come to Washington DC and talk about innovative models for professional development that are cropping up around the country. I sat on a panel with a very distinguished education scholar from Harvard, two practicing teachers, and two principals; all of us engaged in re-imagining how professional development can and should be delivered to teachers. I shared the work I'm helping lead in Burbank to an audience of advocates, policy-builders, union leaders, educators, and non-profit organizers.

April 05, 2016

What Accomplished Teachers Really Think about Federal Education Policy

Before making any sweeping changes to education policy, I would want to know this: What do teachers think? Even better: What do our best teachers think?

March 23, 2016

When You're a Teacher Leader, Waiting for That First Follower

If you are a teacher leader who finds yourself working furiously, but still waiting for that first follower to make you feel not so alone, here are some dollops of wisdom collected from others like you.

March 07, 2016

Making Three Teacher Wishes a Reality

In schools across the country, the décor of hearts and snowman is being replaced by shamrocks and rainbows as the winter blahs begin to melt with the rising temperatures.  I often read leprechaun tales to my students in March, encouraging them to write what they would spend the pot of gold on or w...

February 24, 2016

Changing the Ask: Shifting the Questions Around Teaching and Learning

"You do have an ability to get students to do things, now it is about changing what you ask students to do."

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