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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.


Teachers! Leave Those Kids Alone.


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.


On unions and the future of the teaching profession


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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Susan Graham

March 24, 2014

Collaboratory Read-to-Lead Book Club: Why Gender Matters


Every other month, CTQ Collaboratory members get together for our version of a book club: a series of asynchronous online discussions and a webinar conversation about a book relevant to education.

Our February 2014 book club selection was Why Gender Matters by Dr. Leonard Sax. Find out what Collaboratory members have to say about the role of gender in their classrooms and schools...

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Ariel Sacks

March 23, 2014

Chancellor Fariña on the Best ELA Test Prep


On Friday, NYC School Chancellor Carmen Fariña sent out a message to principals, which a friend shared with me. In it, she recognizes the pressure principals and teachers (not to mention students) are feeling about the upcoming state tests, but urges principals to keep the tests in perspective. She reminds readers that engaging project, trips to historical sites, oral presentations, are what "make students enthusiastic about coming to school" and are still remembered decades later.

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Nancy Gardner

March 23, 2014

Teacher Testimony: Why I Support the Common Core Standards


On March 20, North Carolina high school teacher Nancy Gardner testified before a legislative committee about how her students benefit from the Common Core State Standards.

I started teaching in 1974. I am preparing seniors for a very different world now in 2014—some 40 years later. Here are three things my students in 2014 do well...

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Barnett Berry

March 20, 2014

Will Arne Duncan leave a legacy of teacher leadership?


I was delighted when USDOE Secretary Arne Duncan used the very language I’ve so often employed—of leading without leaving the classroom—to announce a new teacher leadership effort last week. But is his administration ready to address the significant barriers teacher leaders face?

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John Holland

March 20, 2014

Questions about Standardized Testing: A Discussion Post


The testing season is upon us. I can feel the stress tick up a notch and I don’t even test my students. We use anecdotal records to assess our students’ development. However, in my school, we have already had a pep rally for one content area of standardized testing. My students sang our class theme song, “You Can Make It If You Try”, to the students who were going to take the test.

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