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

Strategies to help students self-regulate

02.26.16 | 0 Comments

By Beverly Koopman

I don’t like being micro-managed. In fact, most of every day of my life is organized entirely by me, within a set of external expectations. I like it that way, too.

When I watch children of at play, I see them making choices that regulate and organize ... Read More

Why I Teach

02.12.16 | 0 Comments |
Mandy Mikita Scott teaches music because she believes music will enrich the lives of her students, no matter what kind of career they go on to.... Read More

Why I Teach

02.12.16 | 1 Comment |
Chris Graves teaches because he believes he makes things a little better for students because of what he does each day they are in his classroom.... Read More

Why I Teach

02.12.16 | 0 Comments |
Lisa Sarjeant teaches because she believes her students will change the world, and she cannot wait to see what they do.... Read More