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How Moral Reasoning in Business Can Provide You with the Best Course of Action - Part 1

Tom Garrubba | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Tom Garrubba

Though I am not a psychologist, I have spent many years managing teams, leading projects, and advising people - experiences that have helped me realiz...

High-Stakes Assessment the Right Way!

Kathy Nimmer | Posted 07.24.2015 | Education
Kathy Nimmer

Nacho and I will graduate, and we did not even take a standardized test, but boy-oh-boy do I know what he knows and is able to do.

The Master Storyteller: How Changing Your Stories Can Change Your Future

Rachel Verlik | Posted 06.15.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Rachel Verlik

How many of us tell ourselves stories? Not the bedtime kind, nor the perfect crafted happy ending kind. I'm talking about our own internal stories t...

Why Going Slow Will Make You Go Faster

Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells) | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Kristine Maudal & Even Fossen (Brainwells)

When we start to move too fast, we often do not see what we need to see. It is important to move slow enough to make the necessary corrections as they come up. If not, we end up spending more time because we need to go back fixing things that have gone astray.

Test Smarter

Teach Plus | Posted 06.15.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Annual testing is valuable, but students deserve a system that protects them from unnecessary, redundant tests. Congress should ensure that the SMART Act is included in the final ESEA bill that it sends to the president, because this will make us all smarter educators and give us additional time to make our students learn smarter.

As ESEA Turns 50, the Fate of Our Most Vulnerable Students Hangs in the Balance

Teach Plus | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

An important part of the answer of why we test is this: to provide useful data for teachers about students' progress. I use data from my students' assessments to inform and improve my instruction so that my students learn more, and so that, in turn, I grow as a professional.

Grade-Span Tests Are Not the Answer

Teach Plus | Posted 06.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

Congress can ensure a better future for our kids by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that empowers schools to limit redundant benchmarking assessments, maintains annual standardized tests for third through eighth grade, and changes the stakes to offer more support to teachers serving students with the greatest needs.

Student Progress and Teacher Improvement through State Annual Testing

Teach Plus | Posted 05.23.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

The Common Core State Standards would ensure that Brandon would be not fall "behind" if his family needed to move to another state. But having high standards like CCSS is not enough. The standards must go hand-in-hand with high-quality annual assessments that provide data for Brandon's teachers wherever he happens to attend school.

Yearly Testing: A Must-Have for Teachers

Teach Plus | Posted 05.05.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If grade-span testing were to take the place of annual assessments, educators like myself would lose a critical source of data to help us identify the needs of students and make use of every learning moment.

The New Gender Divide in Education

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

While many countries can claim victory in having closed gender gaps in the knowledge and skills of boys and girls, we may have lost sight of important social and emotional dimensions of learning that may be far more predictive for the future life choices of children.

If We Are Not Growing Students, Why Teach?

Teach Plus | Posted 05.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

If we're to meet the education goals we have set as a nation, if we are committed to liberty and justice for all, and if each student is to meet their individual goals, we need assessment as part of the NCLB reauthorization that is now debated by Congress. Only then will we have a critical tool necessary to help us move forward and grow our students. Otherwise, why teach?

ESEA Reauthorization Should Include Annual Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 05.03.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

I believe that the ESEA reauthorization should allow for schools and districts to take a streamlined, positive, student-centered approach to annual assessment then annual testing. In order for this to work, the assessment must be aligned to college and career standards.

Searching for the Perfect Employee

Alexander Dresner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Alexander Dresner

The talent market is a highly inefficient market. By promoting better alignment between supply and demand forces, employers, job seekers, and the overall economy stand to gain.

Common Core Testing Teaches Tots to Type

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 04.11.2015 | Education
Jason Saltmarsh

Common Core is a Trojan horse full of unintended consequences. While the efforts are noble, and the intent is good, the current program is neither fair nor practical.

Measuring the Unmeasurable in Higher Education: Taking a Page From Health Care

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 04.05.2015 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

I was challenged by a member of our humanities faculty, who argued that we can improve conditions for the better without being able to measure them. He gave critical thinking and civic engagement as examples.

Essential Assessments

Teach Plus | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Clare Berke If your family is anything like mine, conversations at the dinner table eventually move from pleasantries to politics. Recently, I ...

Collect the Learning Evidence

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 03.16.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

Good educators know that evidence gathering is a central component of their craft. Perhaps they don't use the term "evidence" to describe what they search for, preferring instead "testing" or other assessment-related jargon.

Who Are Our Masters?

Michael Beyer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Education
Michael Beyer

We need to scrap all of our systems and begin by asking our students and teachers what they need. This is a radical proposition, but it is also simple and the most effective.

CPS, PARCC, Common Core State Standards, and What Students Need

Teach Plus | Posted 01.24.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

By Micah Miner In Chicago recently, reactions against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and standardized tests have ranged from murmurs to loud...

10 Tech Trends That Will Impact (Virtually) Every Teacher

Brad Spirrison | Posted 01.18.2015 | Education
Brad Spirrison

More than 700 tech-savvy educators converged last week to compare notes (both digital and analog) and best practices at the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston.

Stop Defining Yourself as a Jerk!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

These little sayings add up to our definition of who we are. I consider them a pile of behaviors that we define as "me." The more we talk, the more we define our unalterable essence.

Pay Attention to the Middle of the Bell Curve

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

In fact, the lifeblood of our organization, its DNA, sits in the middle. It is the 80 percent of the organization that comes to work every day doing their job. They are the face to the customer; they are the company's growth engine, productivity engine and profit engine.

A Letter From the Underground of The Castle

Paul Stoller | Posted 11.11.2014 | College
Paul Stoller

As another academic year begins The Castle's shadow is bringing more and more Kafkaesque darkness to university campuses. That shadow continues to transform our places of higher learning into corporate enclaves in which mindless civility eclipses uncomfortable debate.

No Excuses!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 09.28.2014 | Business
Marshall Goldsmith

Genuinely apologizing is one of the most magical healing, restorative gestures a person can make. Without the apology, there is no recognition or acknowledgement that mistakes have been made, there is no announcement that you intend to change, and most importantly, there is no emotional contract between you and the people you care about.

Playful Learning and Rigorous Assessment: Can We Level-Up the Common Core?

Michael Levine | Posted 09.21.2014 | Education
Michael Levine

According to a recent New York Times piece that has stirred a highly emotional debate among my many colleagues, parents across the U.S. who once felt ...