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11 Collaboratory conversations you don’t want to miss!

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Our virtual community is turning 11! To celebrate: 11 productive conversations to give you a rush of professional insight, whether you have an hour or just 5 minutes.

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Teachers! Leave Those Kids Alone.

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When most of us were children, we had a lot of unsupervised time to explore. Sometimes we got lost. Sometimes we got hurt. We faced bullies, cranky adults, and aggressive neighborhood dogs. These adventures helped us learn to negotiate risk as we explored the ragged borders of our world.

Our students need exploration, complexity, and the risk of failure. If we spare them from struggle, we might rob them of fulfillment, too.

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On unions and the future of the teaching profession

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I’m no blame-the-unions pundit. After all, management—not unions—have imposed many of the rules that stifle creative (heck, even just sensible) practices in schools.

But here’s the plain truth: it’s time for unions to innovate.

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Renee Moore

January 16, 2014

Voice of Equity in Public Education Gets Stronger

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In a quiet, but profoundly powerful merger, two of the leading voices for equity in education have become a united force for good.

The Forum for Education and Democracy (FED) and the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) announced their merger on Jan. 13th.  The new organization will be called the Coalition of Essential Schools, and it’s newly merged board will be chaired by George Wood.

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Renee Moore

January 16, 2014

Voice of Equity in Public Education Gets Stronger

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In a quiet, but profoundly powerful merger, two of the leading voices for equity in education have become a united force for good.

The Forum for Education and Democracy (FED) and the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES) announced their merger on Jan. 13th.  The new organization will be called the Coalition of Essential Schools, and it’s newly merged board will be chaired by George Wood.

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Kristoffer Kohl

January 14, 2014

LA's Finest: A makeover for the profession?

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The iPad initiative grabs the headlines, but a much bigger story is unfolding in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where efforts are being made to transform how teachers are recruited, developed, supported, and retained. 

As Howard Blume reported for the LA Times, district forecasts anticipate the hiring of more than 1,300 teachers next year. After four years of staff reductions and layoffs, this is the good news. 

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Paul Barnwell

January 13, 2014

Maintaining Instructional Balance During the Test Prep Super Bowl

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Within Kentucky and other states around the nation, students, teachers, and administrators are in their respective locker rooms, gearing up for kickoff for the four quarters of the grueling assessment season.

I'm among thousands of student advocates frustrated by the game we are measured by and it's draining to have so much time sucked up by talk of high-stakes assessments.  

We've got to remind ourselves that our jobs entail more than talking about and worrying about the tests. 

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Ali Wright

January 13, 2014

Lessons Learned: From Spin Class to Math Class!

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Confession: I am not, in any way, shape, or form, an athlete.  Although I recognize the physical and mental importance of exercise, this has mostly meant for me a leisurely stroll with Orie, my labroador-retriever mix.  In elementary school, I cringed when it was my turn at kickball and my classmates in the infield would yell, “Ali’s up!” and take a few (very big) intentional  steps forward.  I took an extra science class in high school to avoid gym.  You get the picture.

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Dave Orphal

January 10, 2014

What does the union do for me?

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“What does the union do for me?”

At the time, I didn’t have the whole an answer.  I was the president of our local branch of the California Teachers Association.  We were embroiled in a campaign to defeat a slate of wrong-headed reforms proposed by our then governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  I was in the lunchroom of an elementary school asking teachers to spend time in the evenings at the phone bank.

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