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Out of time

Testing is depriving teachers of the opportunity to encourage students to think and create…. Read More

Learning to lead

By JOAN RICHARDSON

I learned one of my first lessons about teacher leadership the hard way. It started with a call from a very angry principal one morning when I was a newspaper reporter in Detroit. He berated me about how badly my front-page story that day had damaged… Read More

How to Use Social Media in the Classroom

As a teacher, does the thought of social media in the classroom make you excited? Anxious? Or maybe a combination of the two? It’s natural to feel both, but as education professionals, we can’t forget that our students and their parents are already on social media sites — and they’re… Read More

Principal advice

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

A university goes to school: Rethinking the university’s role in school reform

By Jessica Nina Lester, Robert Kronick, and Gavin Luter

There is no shortage of ideas around how to reform education, particularly for youth described as “at risk for failure.” In 2012 (see Lester, Kronick, and Benson), we described one approach to addressing the afterschool needs of youth in Knoxville,… Read More

Trust and learning

We all learn best from individuals we know and trust. School leaders should consider ways to allow teachers to tap into the knowledge of their peers when they are introducing new ideas into schools…. Read More

Cyber skepticism

By Jack Schneider

Many in the world of education have become enamored with the promise of online learning.  At the college level, enthusiasm has primarily been channeled into talk about Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, which boosters say will democratize higher education.  At the K-12 level, advocates of… Read More

Metrics leading charters to blandness

For all the talk about a thousand flowers blooming, charter schools are sliding in the direction of monoculture and top-down governance…. Read More

Why I love the first day back

A teacher prepares for the first day of school…. Read More

Solving the problem of zeros in grading

By Thomas R. Guskey

Much ado has been made in recent years about the problem of zeros in grading.  Some districts have responded by stipulating that the lowest grade teachers can assign students is 50% rather than a zero. Districts that enact such policies have no intention of giving students… Read More

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