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ptonePaul Toner, former president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, has joined the organization as president. Toner brings proven experience and a national reputation as a visionary educator and bridge builder among the many critical stakeholders in our public schools.

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  • Sara Arnold

    Sara Arnold

    Sara grew up in a family of educators (from her grandmother teaching at the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School to her mother being the school nurse at her own elementary school) and the importance of education was instilled in her at a very young age. Since she was two years old, Sara describes music as her first love, and after teaching music and band for 12 years she Read More »

What Teachers Are Saying

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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Current Events & Policy

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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Actions Speak Louder

By Jennifer Reinhardt After reading Rick Hess’ recent blog post “10 School Reform Phrases That Should Trigger Your BS Detector,” I’ve been thinking a lot about authenticity versus jargon and what exactly we mean when we say “teacher leadership” or “teacher voice” within our own organization. How do we distinguish ourselves from the “sugarplum visions fueled […]

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