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Lowering the Expectations of Our Students

View image | by Kelly Waller Should students receive half credit for an assignment they didn’t even bother to turn in? That is the new trend sweeping across the country in our public school system. District leaders are either strongly encouraging or making it mandatory for teachers to change their grading criteria so that […]


How Can a Teacher Make a Difference in Education Policy?

View image | by Sara Arnold Seems a bit ironic, doesn’t it? Shouldn’t changes in education be made by well-trained educators? Shutting our doors and teaching is no longer an option. I used to believe that all I needed to do was be the best teacher I could be for my students. I had […]

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Things I Never Would Have Guessed About Teaching

View image |   by Amanda Morick When I first entered the field of education, I never would have guessed that the teacher leader role would take on a mind of its own. I looked at administrators and thought, “There is no way I would want that kind of position. Way too much pressure […]

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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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VIVA Teacher Lesley Hagelgans to Speak at Teaching and Learning Conference with US Secretary of Education

Lesley Hagelgans, a VIVA Teacher and member of the VIVA National Task Force Idea Exchange, will speak about teacher leadership alongside US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on a panel this Friday at the Teaching and Learning 2015 Conference in Washington, D.C. Secretary Duncan announced the Teach to Lead initiative at last year’s conference, and […]

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