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The Power of Collaboration: 3 Ways to Bring Teachers and Legislators Together

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Collaboration is the key to success in any system. It's time to start bridging the gaps and creating opportunities for collaboration between all the stakeholder in our educational system.

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It's Us, Not Them: How Student Failure May Reflect You

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It was the first time there wasn’t a line in the ladies restroom, but yet my longest wait. We went from complete strangers to a teacher listening to a student in just three words, “Are you ok?”

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Embracing the Summer Slide

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The summer slide is so much more than just "not reading". Slip and Slide 4 copyright 2010 by Jeffrey Smith licensed under CC by-ND 2.0

When students come back in a few weeks, I won’t be so worried about how much they “lost” over the summer in terms of numerical ranges.  I’ll be more concerned about what they have gained in laughter and angst, identities they have tried on and discarded like last year’s trendy shoes.

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Dave Orphal

July 27, 2014

Evaluating Teachers Part 2: My Worst Year

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Michelangelo had his worst sculpture.  Pavarotti had a performance in which he missed so many notes, he didn’t return to the stage for the second act.  Ted Williams had a season where he didn’t come close to his typically above .300 batting average.  Over the course of a career, even the greatest had sub-par performances.  Why should we expect more, perfection even, from the rest of us mere mortals?

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Brad Clark

July 26, 2014

The Value of Facetime

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What happens when you jam 16 teacher leaders from across the United States into a common space with endless supplies of coffee, crafting supplies, and entirely too much Cheerwine?  

The answer: you do not end where you began.

I’ve attended a number of events with other teacher leaders. Each time I’ve left with a renewed spirit and at least one new pursuit that I had not considered when I arrived. That’s what happens when intellectual capital pools in one location for any length of time.

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