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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

Diverse schools serve all of us

Truly diverse schools are an educational imperative and benefit all students and the broader society…. Read More

Get a fresh start

Use the start of a new year to examine your beliefs about teaching…. Read More

Confusion reigns

Are American schools good or bad? It seems that we can’t decide…. Read More

How to Offer Praise and Criticism

Carol Dweck is the author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Random House, 2006). We talked to her about the impact of praise and criticism on students’ mindsets.

Could you explain the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset?
Carol: When people are in a fixed mindset,… Read More

Lesson plans from a tragedy

Personal tragedies tear at a school community but they can also strengthen a community’s bonds…. 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

How to Motivate Your Students and Yourself

Did you know that you can energize your classroom and yourself at the same time? High-energy classrooms stimulate thinking and set off a positive domino effect. The key to motivating students is to provoke, arouse, and encourage their thinking. Teaching strategies that empower students to learn go a long way… Read More

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