Chris Lehmann, principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, has a post on the components of "transformative" schoolsschools, in his terminology, that go beyond content and skills and push students and educators into "realizing the best versions of ourselves." Such schools seek ...
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At a gathering held by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative-leaning think tank in Washington, the panelists touched on teachers' practical instructional concerns as well as more general problems associated with school leadership, professional development, and curriculum.
November 16, 2011
The Harvard Gazette has a report on a panel discussion marking the 30th anniversary of The Principals' Center at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The discussion was titled "The Future of Leadership: Perspectives on the Principalship." Among the takeaways: • Education leaders need to ...
October 26, 2011
The National Council on Teacher Quality released a study today examining the "changing landscape" of teacher-evaluation policies--which have proliferated in the last two years--across the states.
October 25, 2011
To ensure they don't overlook the basics, educators in the U.K. are being encouraged to make use of an offical checklist for managing student behavior. The idea for the checklist, developed by a school administrator who is also a government education adviser, was influenced by the work of oft-cited...
October 20, 2011
Reflecting on some recent biz-tech reading he's been doing, Bill Ferriter questions whether schools are doing enoughif anythingto evaluate prospective teacher-hires by their potential for innovation. He's developed a few sample interview questions to help them along. Here's a good one: ...
July 22, 2011
The Los Angeles Unified School District has suspended its new homework policy just two months after it decided to limit performance on homework to 10 percent of a student's grade. According to the Los Angeles Times, LAUSD superintendent John Deasy said that the policy, intended to ensure grades indi...
June 30, 2011
The Los Angeles school district is instituting a new policy uniformly limiting homework to 10 percent of a student's grade. Drawing on recent research, the policy states that students should not be punished for differences in their "home academic environment" and that, as a rule, homework should be ...
May 25, 2011
NYC Educator relates a story about a student asking to charge her cell phone in the classroom, and him refusing her request (cell phones are not allowed at school). But more recently, he writes, he saw another girl pull her phone charger out of the outlet at the end of class--and he let it slide.
May 06, 2011
Yesterday I had the chance to speak with several Teacher Ambassador Fellows at the teacher town hall meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.