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Teacher leadership is gaining ground, but we need to go even further.
This is my response to questions posted at the National Journal.com Education Experts blog about the ESEA reauthorization bill recently released from committee in the House (H.R.5). I responded to question about how the draft bill, pushed by the Republicans on Workforce and Education Committee, addresses the "highly qualified teacher" requirments under NCLB. This is cross-posted at NJ.com/Education Experts
It feels like I'll see nothing but trail mix and boarding tickets for the next few months. I just got back from the Aspen Ideas Festival last week, going to Cocoa Beach / NASA next week, Orlando the following week, and San Francisco in August, interspersed with the PRAXIS math exam to judge my 7th-12th grade math competency (a little rusty), and school meetings to plan for the upcoming school year.
Over the next three days, I'll be working alongside the super motivated educators at Solution Tree's PLC Institute in Minneapolis. The goal for most of the participants will be to find ways to polish their collaborative practices in order to help kids learn. Together, teams from individual schools will study everything from the core beliefs that support learning communities to the nuts and bolts of making effective collaboration possible.
As a full-time teacher and part-time consultant on Professional Learning Community implementation, I'm always asked questions like, "What kinds of things can teachers do to move their learning teams forward?" or "What kinds of people make the best leaders for learning teams?"
The shift to a 1:1 learning environment can feel a bit like Cinderella at the ball: it is an exciting and daunting endeavor for teachers and students. Before the clock strikes midnight take a deep breath, and read these five tips to help you get started.
I was energized after reading Lori Nazareno’s wonderful story in this past month’s Teaching Ahead Roundtable about a group of teachers in Denver who held the line on creating a teacher evaluation system. They did not take the easiest road—of doing what they were told and parroting back a system that had already been created for them--but they made the choice that would be best for schools. Thank you for sharing this experience, Lori
On Wednesday of last week, my sixth grade interdisciplinary team fed our sixth graders pizza for lunch in a mini-celebration of the end of our school year. It's kind of annual tradition around our building -- a fun way to smile together for a little while before walking away for summer break.
Most full-time members of Radical Nation know full well that I'm convinced that Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter -- which