By Lesley Hagelgans As I was sitting in the beautiful Grand Ball Room on the tenth floor atop the historic Seelbach Hotel, Annice Brave, the keynote speaker asked, “When did you know that you were a teacher leader?” For me, it was this summer. I was on the phone with a representative from the NEA.
By Andria Mitchell I had the privilege of attending as a speaker, representing teacher leaders at the Grantmakers for Education Conference. Although, I was honored to be selected to present at such a prestigious event, I was a little nervous. Speaking on behalf of teachers is a big deal to me, and I was hoping
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
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
By Lesley Hagelgans Now is the time to flip the script on teacher evaluations. Teachers can no longer afford to be passive in the receipt of their evaluations – both literally and figuratively. The livelihood of 3.1 million people – teachers – will be affected if they don’t become active in this process. More importantly,
Kathleen Sullivan, a fifth grade science teacher in Malden, Mass., has some ideas for investing in students.