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Teacher Working Conditions Are Student Learning Conditions

(8) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 3:19 PM

I really don't do a very good job hiding my scorn for today's education superheroes, do I?

My beef with current conversations around reforming schools is really quite simple: They're often centered around the idea that teacher effectiveness can be judged -- and schools can be...

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Blogging for Real Education Reform Day: Testing is Destroying Our Schools

(16) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 4:19 PM

When I stumbled across Paula White's post promoting the Day of National Blogging Promoting Real Education Reform this morning, my head started spinning simply because I've got so much to say about fixing our public schools that I wasn't sure that I could say everything that...

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What Does the Department of Education Do?

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 3:35 PM

As a part of another conversation recently, I came across a bunch of materials put together by the United States Department of Education to describe their role. The most interesting page to explore is titled What Is Not Part of the Department of Education's Role?

Here's an...

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Teacher Evaluation is Fatally Flawed

(8) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 1:18 AM

Are you ready for an interesting admission:  I don't think I'm a very effective classroom teacher. 

Crazy, huh? 

How could a guy who has earned broad recognition for innovative thinking and instruction, been recognized as an accomplished teacher by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards twice, and...

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Comparable Funding for High Poverty Schools?

(2) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 9:14 AM

I spent a bit of time poking through the Obama administration's blueprint for reforming American education this weekend and came across this rather interesting bit on funding for high poverty schools:

"To give every student a fair chance to succeed and give principals and teachers the...
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Are We REALLY Preparing Kids for the Global Economy?

(4) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 5:50 PM

I spent some time on Sunday reading through the WaPo Manifesto written by Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein and their teacher-bashing buddies.

Like most of the work being created by the well-funded uber-reformists who are driving conversations on education in America today, this bit was full of...

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Adding Practitioners To Policy Conversations

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2010 | 1:50 AM

Far be it from me to rock any boats, but every time education's current thought leaders decide to make major proclamations about my profession, I get a wicked case of the Poli-willies.

Now, I know what some of y'all are thinking: "Here's another classroom teacher trying to...

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