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Between Passion and Possibility: Creating My Dream School

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You never know when your possibilities will unveil themselves to you. I’ve told children that for 17 years. In January, I began to live my own.

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An Opportunity to Share My Voice

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Los Angeles high school student Maria Urquilla describes what a class trip to Washington D.C. taught her about the importance of student voice.

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Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding

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One of the major benefits of marrying a teacher is the fact that we share a summer schedule. This summer, our schedule found us on Sanibel Island, FL. My husband, Paul, had mentioned riding a tandem bike on several occasions, and given that the number of bikes matched the number of people on the island, we went with the “why-not-today” philosophy.

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Marie LaCassa

May 20, 2014

5 Takeaways from the 2014 EdSource Symposium

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Earlier this month, I attended the 2014 EdSource symposium, an event drawing some of the biggest names in education to discuss "Testing Students and Evaluating Schools in the Age of the Common Core." Much of the discussion revolved around professional development and the field tests for California's statewide assessments, also known as Smarter Balanced.

While most of the attendees were California teachers and educators, I think many of these takeaways are relevant to educators in other states as well.

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Ariel Sacks

May 20, 2014

Expanding Definitions and Opportunities for Mentorship

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Earlier this month I shared advice on the power of mentoring that comes from my own experience with an amazing advisor. Find a mentor and keep in touch, I wrote, and that will help keep you stay connected to your purpose for teaching. The comments I received in response to this were very interesting, and expanded my thinking on the range of mentoring experiences from which teachers benefit.

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Noah Zeichner

May 20, 2014

Creating First Impressions Through Classroom Exchanges

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Earlier this year in an EdWeek Global Learning blog post, Heather Singmaster suggested some ways to work toward global competence in the classroom without getting on an airplane. One of her recommendations was to connect with local universities and groups such as World Affairs Councils who often host international visitors. This spring I did just that.

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Bill Ferriter

May 17, 2014

Does Your School, District or State Have a Student Advisory Team?

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One of the highlights for me as a participant in Dell's recent Teacher Effectiveness and Next Generation Learning Think Tank here in Raleigh was watching Sixto Cancel -- a Dell Youth Ambassador and junior at Virginia Commonwealth University -- challenge North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory on the role that student voices should play in educational policy and purchasing decisions.

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Justin Minkel

May 16, 2014

Reflections of a Teacher-Dad

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Hybrid roles usually enable teachers to bridge teaching with the worlds of policy, research, and curriculum development. My own hybrid role has enabled me to bridge teaching with the world of Baby Bookworms, toddler play dates, and adventures with three-year olds in the Botanical Gardens. All of us who teach have hybrid identities—teacher-blogger, teacher-runner, teacher-musician—and the most fundamental of those for me is teacher-dad. I’ve learned two transformative lessons through that role.

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Megan Allen

May 14, 2014

Green eggs, brown eggs, and hatching teacher leadership

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Special thanks to Mount Holyoke College Psychology Visiting Assistant Professor Amy Grillo for her support and beautiful eggs, as well as Dr. John Holland from Viriginia Commonwealth University and Dr. Jon Eckert from Wheaton College for their research guidance and wisdom. 

 

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Rob Kriete

May 12, 2014

The Elephant in the Classroom

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Regardless of our walk in life, we invariably encounter some frustration that we blame on the government, or more specifically, lawmakers.  Almost everyone has heard of a law that seems like some sort of punchline to an unamusing joke.  Florida urban legend has it that there is a law that says: “If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle.”  An odd, but logical law, I suppose. 

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Ariel Sacks

May 12, 2014

What Teachers Want--Or So Say Students!

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Teacher Appreciation Week is a time of mixed emotions. I can't lie-I thoroughly enjoy the perks; but ironically, the very existence of Teacher Appreciation Week seems to prove that we are more often not as appreciated as we should be. This week, as I found myself unexpectedly covering a silent study hall, I pondered what I might write to recognize the particular tension of TAW. As the period came to a close, I decided to see what my students might say about it, with no idea what I'd hear.    

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