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Listening to teachers

05.24.16 | 0 Comments | ,
A survey of American teachers reveals how politics and the challenges of implementing reforms in a large, locally controlled system can create chaos for teachers and students.... Read More

The autopsy of school reform

05.16.16 | 0 Comments

By Joseph Murphy

A few months ago, the School Reform Forensic Detective Agency unearthed and completed autopsies on the bodies of the last three generations of the School Reform Family. Using “data driven” protocols, they uncovered that all the family members died from one of three causes.

First, almost no one ... Read More

Differentiated instruction in a gluten-free world

05.11.16 | 0 Comments

By Joanne Kelleher

Differentiated instruction can be a tough sell in educational circles. Some of the resistance can be attributed to misconceptions about what it is and how to do it. Mike Schmoker’s criticism of differentiated instruction (http://mikeschmoker.com/pedagogic-fads.html) gave a voice and a rationale to those who found it too ... Read More

Debunking myths about school choice

05.04.16 | 0 Comments

By Al Ramirez

It seems that every politician — left or right — speaks of choice as some sacrosanct policy that holds the key to improving the nation’s schools. Consider some of these myths in the messages promoting charter schools, vouchers, and open enrollment.

1) Public schools are bad but ... Read More

Does competency-based professional development have legs?

04.13.16 | 0 Comments

By Meg S. Bates

There’s a lot of chatter in teacher education circles about competency-based professional development (PD). The idea is that traditional PD has a “one size fits all” approach: Teachers in a school get the same instruction about the same topic, regardless of personal interest, need, or experience. ... Read More

Minority Serving Institutions: The pathway to more black male teachers

04.07.16 | 0 Comments

By Alice Ginsberg, Marybeth Gasman, and Andrés Castro Samayoa

In recent article in Education Week titled “Black male teachers a dwindling demographic,” Corey Mitchell writes that, “Even when teachers of color find work in the classroom, many end up fleeing out of frustration.” Citing a 2015 report by the Albert ... Read More

The story of evidence

03.30.16 | 0 Comments

By Joseph Murphy

Let us attend to the most essential problem — the academic community’s belief that it has a monopoly on “evidence.” Scientific evidence is the only evidence that has legitimacy. We are almost on a religious quest to show that this should be the case. From my own ... Read More

A teacher changed my life — now I want to do that for others

03.24.16 | 0 Comments

By Khulia Pringle

I’m student teaching now, which means my days are about learning to walk as a teacher, while also thinking about my practice, craft, and studies. It’s natural for me to think about role models — those teachers who really made a difference in my life.

That’s easy. ... Read More

Let’s think about teacher-student relationships

03.17.16 | 0 Comments

By Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith, and Nancy Frey

We all generally know that teachers should work to maintain healthy relationships with their students. It’s logical and reasonable. There is even research suggesting that positive teacher-student relationships improve achievement. For example, see John Hattie’s meta-analyses, indicating that the effect size is ... Read More

Confessions of a one-day a week librarian

03.03.16 | 0 Comments

By Laura Thomas

One of the perks of my work is that I never know what’s coming next. I’m a school coach and, more important, a servant leader. My job is to try to fill whatever need comes along — sometimes on my own, sometimes by finding the right person ... Read More


PDK International Study Tours bring together two things I’m passionate about: education and travel. The mix of school visits and conversations with cultural experiences has offered me the chance to see new places and think about education in different ways.
DANIELLE DENNIS, PDK member and past Emerging Leader