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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher


Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),


How Should Learning Teams Choose Essential Outcomes?

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One of the questions that I'm often asked in #atplc workshops is, "How should our learning team identify the essential and nonessential standards in our curriculum?"


Chào mừng bạn đến Quốc Hoa Kỳ (Welcome to the United States)


Opening up my e-mail and sipping on my third coffee of the morning, I read the following message:

“Hello teachers.  Please welcome a new 10th grader, Ngoc Trinh, coming to us from Vietnam. We will have to do our best to support this student with her limited English skills.”

“Uh oh…” was my first thought. 

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Renee Moore

March 11, 2014

NCLB-Style Accountability---Coming to a College Campus Near You!

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Increasingly, Regional Accreditation Agencies are requiring colleges to show evidence of student learning outcomes as part of their re-accreditation process.  While much of this is common knowledge and practice to elementary and secondary teachers, the language of accountability is relatively foreign to many colleagues in the post-secondary world.

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Ariel Sacks

March 9, 2014

Teacherpreneurs Panel and How We Benefit Students


On the Teacherpreneurs Panel this week at the Ford Foundation, I found myself in the unusual situation of speaking publicly about the intricacies of engaging in a range of leadership work in education while teaching full time. Normally I’m talking to people who know me in one capacity or another—as a teacher, a teacher leader, teacher-blogger, author, or workshop presenter—but being asked about the connections between all of these things was unique. 

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Justin Minkel

March 7, 2014

Confessions of a (Ssshhh!) Teach For American


Tolstoy wrote that people are like rivers. No one is all shallow or all deep, all rocky or all pure. Maybe it’s the same with programs. Teach For America has done so much good. Teach For America has done so much harm. When I talk about my two years in TFA, I feel like the Batman villain Two-Face.

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Noah Zeichner

March 6, 2014

What Global Education Means to Me


Last night I accepted the 2013-14 World Educator Award from the World Affairs Council of Seattle. It was a fun night with family, friends, colleagues, and students in attendance. Although I wasn't interrupted by music, my six-minute speech didn't leave room for extensive thank-yous. I would like to add an extra shout-out to the Center for Teaching Quality. CTQ has supported me in so many ways during the past few years.

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Kristoffer Kohl

March 5, 2014

And the World Educator of the Year award goes to...


The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents their 2013 World Educator of the Year award to National Board Certified Teacher Noah Zeichner this evening at Town Hall Seattle. He will be honored alongside Mercy Corps founder Dan O’Neill, WAC’s World Citizen of the Year.

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Bill Ferriter

March 4, 2014

Curating Content Collections on Controversial Topics [ACTIVITY]


Over the past few years, I've been using to give students the opportunity to practice curating collections of web-based sources on controversial topics.

I figure that curation is an essential skill in and of itself, given the sea of information that we swim in on a daily basis.  Pairing an opportunity to learn about curation with constant chances to evaluate the quality of web-based resources AND to do a bit of critical thinking about knotty issues seems like the perfect activity, right?

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