by Jim Szewc As the end of August and the beginning of September approaches, and the joys and adventures of another summertime begin to fade, familiar thoughts and pleasant memories rush to the forefront of my mind. In my earliest recollection of this time, as a toothless six-year-old on the eve of 1st grade, I
By Paul Toner, President of The VIVA Project Last weekend in The New York Times, Mokoto Rich wrote that “school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers,” thanks to an improving US economy. In an op-ed to the Times three days later, Can We Interest You in Teaching?, Frank
By Josh Agpalza This past weekend I had the privilege of attending the Teach to Lead Conference in Denver with other teachers and educators from around the nation. As I was listening to stories and presentations of teacher leaders making a difference, I realized they all had 5 things in common. Teacher leaders are innately
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By Justin McGehee Junk mail. It looked exactly like junk mail. Okay, it only looked like junk mail for a second, but if I hadn’t given it a second glance, it would’ve been deleted. What a change that would’ve been. The subject line said something NEA something something Accountability something…or something. Probably just another FYI
Newest blog from Daun Kauffman exposes the missing piece in the discussion. “Childhood trauma is absent as the explicit, crucial keystone of our urban education paradigm. We will not have a successful education paradigm, or even accurately interpret success while ignoring its overwhelming presence”.
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
By Judy Smizik Are all of the tests our children taking at school necessary? Are the results valid and reliable? Should our kindergartners be assessed on reading skills? Our tests today reflect the Common Core State Standards, but are the standards developmentally appropriate? These are questions parents need to ponder when reviewing their children’s test