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    Elizabeth Tarbutton

    After her first year teaching math in Brighton, Colorado, Elizabeth Tarbutton grew discouraged by her students’ low standardized test scores. Professional development opportunities, especially for math leadership, were currently lacking within her school district, but then she heard about the Rocky Mountain Math Teachers’ Circle, a program at the University of Colorado Read More »

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Because of the emphasis on stakeholder feedback, both of my principals have done staff surveys for feedback on their performance. I also gained skills in online collaboration and had real-life writing examples to use with students. — Beth Hillerns, Teacher, Minnesota: 360 Degrees of Leadership Principal Evaluation

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Innovation that leads to failure makes me stronger and smarter

by Katherine Doerr Morosky I made a career change recently.  Professionals who switch into teaching are lauded for their altruism, but it’s not the same for those who switch out.   When I realized that I wasn’t finding the right kind of satisfaction in my job anymore, and that it was time to move on from […]

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Multiple Measures or Multiple Data Points?

Multiple Measures Perhaps no profession is as endlessly fascinated with evaluation as teaching.  The concepts of transparency and accountability are woven into the very fabric of our work as educators in a way that is unique among professions.  On the one hand this is laudable. On the other hand it leads to building of elaborate […]


How to Create Meaningful Assessments that Actually Inform Teacher Practice

By Elizabeth Tarbutton Teacher evaluation is a hot topic in education these days, but has anyone stopped to ask what the purpose of it all is? I think most evaluators would say that the purpose is to grow better educators to create meaningful change in schools.  In order to affect these changes, evaluators collect a […]

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VIVA Teacher Speaks Out on Chicago Teachers Union’s Common Core Vote

Freeda Pirillis, a first grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, was a member of the very first VIVA Idea Exchange, Voices from the Classroom. For the last three years, she has been working with the Chicago Teachers Union to develop Common Core curricula. As she describes in this story on Chicago Public Radio, she was […]

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Engaging the experts in education

by Paul Toner As an educator and union leader, the past eight years have been challenging on many fronts, and I look forward to bringing my experiences as a middle school social studies teacher and former local and state teacher’s union leader to NVS to help elevate the voice of frontline practitioners in the ongoing […]

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