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Diverse schools serve all of us

01.30.14 | 4 Comments | , ,
Truly diverse schools are an educational imperative and benefit all students and the broader society.... Read More

Tale of two schools

01.28.14 | 1 Comment |
Charter schools are not delivering enough quality to justify trashing an entire system of public education that has long served this country well.... Read More

Get a fresh start

01.24.14 | 0 Comments | ,
Use the start of a new year to examine your beliefs about teaching.... Read More

Improving 100,000 schools, one at a time

12.17.13 | 0 Comments


Perhaps the biggest problem in reforming American education is that it is just so big. We have more than 100,000 elementary and secondary schools, in which more than 3 million teachers teach more than 50 million kids. The schools, teachers, and kids are hugely ... Read More

Confusion reigns

12.12.13 | 0 Comments | ,
Are American schools good or bad? It seems that we can't decide.... Read More

Better ways to use parent power

12.05.13 | 0 Comments | ,
Children shouldn't be stuck in failing schools, but parent trigger laws are not the answer for improving their situation.... Read More

Lesson plans from a tragedy

11.26.13 | 0 Comments | ,
Personal tragedies tear at a school community but they can also strengthen a community's bonds.... Read More

The data backlash

11.19.13 | 1 Comment | , ,
Done right, data collection benefits students more than anyone.... Read More

Nullius in verba

11.14.13 | 2 Comments | , ,
If the state wants to use a high-stakes test, it must be willing to share what it knows about validity of the test with the public.... Read More

Principal advice

11.12.13 | 0 Comments | ,

By Rick Dufour

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” If this is the case, I gained a lot of “experience” as the principal of a PLC school because I made a lot of mistakes.  Based upon these experiences, I share the following ... Read More

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