March 11, 20143 comments
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March 11, 20144 comments
The overwhelming majority of Collaboratory members whom we surveyed in a recent poll believe current evaluation systems fall short in helping teachers significantly improve their practice. Not surprisingly, these data mirror recent findings from Scholastic's Primary Sources survey.
March 11, 20141 comment
by Renee Moore
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.
March 9, 20144 comments
by Ariel Sacks
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.
March 7, 20145 comments
danah boyd is on my mind again tonight. In her newest book It's Complicated, she argues that teens reveal different parts of their identities to different social groups using different social tools and services.
March 7, 201413 comments
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.
March 6, 20146 comments
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.
March 6, 20144 comments
In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. —Harry S. Truman
March 5, 20148 comments
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.
March 4, 20140 comments
Over the past few years, I've been using Scoop.it 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?