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March 24, 2012

Blankstein on Creating a 'Failure Is Not an Option' Culture

Live from the ASCD Annual Conference in Philadelphia In a jam-packed post-lunch session, Alan Blankstein, author of Failure Is Not an Option: Six Principles that Guide Student Achievement in High Performing Schools, gave a fun, if hurried, presentation on creating a school culture that breeds succe...

January 24, 2012

Changing Classroom Reading Instruction

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.

October 05, 2011

New Evaluation System Faces Backlash

Tennessee's newly implemented teacher-evaluation program is getting a less than enthusiastic reception from many educators, with some even abandoning the classroom because of it, according to a story in The Tennessean. The new evaluation program, developed in connection with the federal Race to th...

September 01, 2011

Teacher Collaboration: The Missing Link in School Reform?

The current education reform ethos has centered on improving individual teachers' effectiveness and accountability—through merit-pay programs and the use of value-added performance data, for example. But in an interesting article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Carrie R. Leana, a prof...

July 06, 2011

Teacher 'Term Limits' a Laughing Matter?

English teacher Randy Turner champions "term limits for teachers" of somewhere between four and eight years, saying that veterans like himself are "burdened with experience."

May 31, 2011

Digital Ed's 'Pied Piper'

Steven Pearlstein at The Washington Post offers a lofty vision for the future of the U.S. education system, in which students do most of their learning through individualized online programs.

May 06, 2011

Teacher Ambassadors Highlight the Complexity of Education Policy

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.

April 22, 2011

Canada and Rhee Make TIME 100

In news somewhat related to my previous blog post... Both Harlem Childrens' Zone founder Geoffrey Canada and former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee made the 2011 TIME 100, a list of the year's most influential people. It's interesting to note that Canada's profile was guest written by U.S. ...

April 22, 2011

Public School Reformers Share Private School Background

Self-proclaimed education reformers are a diverse crowd--politically, racially, and ethnically--says Michael Winerip at The New York Times, but they do tend to have at least one thing in common: They went to private schools.

March 29, 2011

TEDx Talk: Make Schools Relevant

Will Richardson, the teacher-turned-tech-expert who was featured in our previous Teacher PD Sourcebook, recently gave a presentation for TEDxNYEd, a spinoff of the renowned yearly TED Talk conferences. Richardson says kids today, in the era of smartphones and constant connectivity, learn different...

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