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Teacher Leadership Requires Teachers

 — The NEA and VIVA Couldn’t Agree More! By: Elizabeth Evans Teacher leadership cannot happen without teachers.  Unfortunately, in most aspects of how our public schools work, teachers are all too absent from important leadership positions and broad decisions.  In fact, the trained professionals with the most experience with student learning are almost entirely absent

Common Core State Standards: The Key to Student Success

Teachers Believe More Autonomy and Support Will Help Common Core Succeed  View the Complete Report Chicago, IL – A report issued today by a teacher collaborative reinforced educators’ support of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and aligned assessments. In addition, the educators generally believe the initiative will improve student learning and teacher practice when educators


Teachers Are #ReadyForSuccess

by Paul Toner, President of the VIVA Project If we want to cultivate teacher leaders in the United States, we have to compensate them fairly for going the extra mile and evaluate them like the professionals they are. That’s what Iowa teachers told Governor Terry Branstad three years ago in the ISEA VIVA Idea Exchange™, Re-Imagining


Schools Should Be More Like Trader Joe’s

Prior to becoming a special education teacher in the Bronx through NYC Teaching Fellows, I was a novitiate store manager at a Trader Joe’s in Queens. I was only there 10 months before I moved on to the classroom, but I learned a lot about warm service to others, hard work, and leadership by example that I continue to apply in my work each day with children and their families.


Not Your Parents’ Education

When I was in high school, the idea of personalized learning or a personalized curriculum seemed laughable. My job position and my school definitely hadn’t been invented or even thought of yet! However, throughout human history, learning used to be highly personal through educational concepts such as oral histories and apprenticeships. In fact, it was