Recent Blog Posts
As I enter my first full week of school, it’s all starting to come back. The battle to keep my desk organized, staying up too late discovering new teaching resources and reading blogs, and being too busy to make it to the gym. It’s time to recalibrate. In an effort to continually improve my teaching practice and to keep my work-life balance in check, I have some New School Year resolutions that I’d like to make.
Regular Radical Readers know that high stakes testing is in the forefront of my mind
right now. I guess that's just what happens when you live and work in a
nation hellbent on tying teacher evaluation to the scores that students
produce on multiple choice exams.
The testing pressure is worse than usual for me this year simply because in response to President Obama's Race to the Top initiative, North Carolina has introduced new "Measures of Student Learning" exams for science.
That means a "value-added...
I think we would all do well on Teacher Appreciation Day, to listen to this amazing talk by distinguished education researcher, Vanessa Siddle-Walker on the little known role of Black teachers across the South in the civil rights movement, specifically how they provided the groundwork for Brown v. Board of Education.[Note: When you click the link, you will have to do a free registration to play the video].
Her documenting of our predecessors' heroic advocacy on behalf of their students is particularly ironic when we learn (as I wrote about in American Public School Teacher), how many of these teachers suffered...
What better way to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day than by
sharing and discussing the ideas and experiences of teacher leaders?
Today, CTQ released a report on teacher education, written by a team of
17 teachers with diverse preparation experiences. The report, TEACHING 2030: Leveraging Teacher Preparation 2.0, includes
reflections on the current realities of teacher education, as well as
recommendations for the future. The below post is adapated from my
foreword to the report.
Debates continue to rage among analysts and researchers over whether
university-based education schools should prepare teachers and how...