This piece took me well over a year and a half to write, and was one of the most challenging experiences of my career, finally taking shape as a fictional "a day in the life" examination of (some of) the chaos and dysfunction of one of the more challenging NYC public schools.
How can we ensure that more learners learn at higher levels? Are we moving students forward the wrong way? How can student-centered approaches help to achieve learning at these higher levels?
Hofstra University administrators recently received access to closed online edTPA material with sample teaching videos in different subject areas, but these were also unevaluated so again I could only guess at how they were rated.
"Schools are the frontline of this new age, and it is incumbent on all of us to educate our young in how to move from being digital natives to digita...
Relying on worksheets, instead of educators, to teach basic skills is standard practice in all too many schools. The approach often leads to a disjointed and atomistic approach to learning, where students acquire skills but quickly forget them.
The biggest difference between education scholar Diane Ravitch's new book, Reign of Error, and former DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee's book, Radical, is that the first is based on extensive facts, the second heavily on fiction.
In too many urban schools science, social studies and the arts have become expendable electives.
There is time to take the necessary steps to turn this shortage into a meaningful education reform that will improve the quality of and broaden the racial demographics of those individuals who enter the teaching profession.
"The distribution of netbooks has at least two major aims. A social aim that is to reduce the digital divide and ensure access to technology for all ...
Teachers will have increasingly challenging jobs, as the 21st century labor market demands different abilities from different individuals -- as well as flexibility and adaptation over the course of an individual's career.
Why aren't we creating policy to create professional learning experiences to arm teachers with a variety of techniques to engage students? Why aren't we debating policy to shift towards personalized and competency-based pathways to differentiate instruction for all students?
I loved learning, was a good student, and had the privilege (and I mean privilege) of a great education. But it was what I learned after my formal education that made me the person I am today.
There is anger brewing in this heartland community of Cortland, New York over unfair new teacher tests.
Politicians repeat deceptive talking points about broken schools while ignoring the elephant of poverty and racism in the room. So-called educational reform has been an failure and even Estee Lauder herself couldn't make this a pretty picture.
How about we spend time focusing on arming students -- and their parents -- with tools to be successful and competitive; in lieu of determining the worth and ability of that kid, based on current struggles
Although we have to wait for the specifics of the President's plan, I am concerned that the idea of paying for performance will ultimately focus on tying financial aid to metrics such as graduation rates, graduates' earnings, advanced degrees attained and other measures that will comprise yet another ranking system.