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Apples & Oranges: Why This Year's State Test Was a Waste of Students' Time

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Last week a group of CTQ-Colorado teachers attended and offered comments at the State Board of Education meeting. The following post is a written version of my remarks. While the board passed a symbolic resolution (in a 4-3 partyline vote) to withdraw from PARCC, one state board member boldy and publicly supported the standards and advocated for the aligned system our students deserve. If we must insist on a standardized test, I want the best one for my students. Core advocates (and skeptics!) -- I hope you'll park your thoughts on PARCC (& Smarter Balanced) here. 

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Speak Less, Act Right

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The first time I read these words by a Holocaust survivor, they haunted me. “My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. So I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help your children become human.” To fulfill that request, our actions matter far more than our words.

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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher

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Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),

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

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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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Simple Truth: Hashtags Can Save You Time

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If there was ONE thing that I'd want every practicing educator to know about learning in social spaces it would be that no matter what field you are working in, there are TONS of folks who are sharing resources t

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Why Don't Those Teachers Own Their Profession Already?

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Hypothetically speaking, let's say a subset of all teachers decided to go against their district's wishes, teaching their curriculum according to a mix of research and expertise, but masking it under the name of the latest district buzzword. Would you blame them for not outright fighting against their administration's wishes or congratulate them for "owning" their profession?

Of course, that's a trick question because it largely depends on your lens.

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Brianna Crowley

February 3, 2014

Teachers, you don’t need a title to be a leader

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General Montgomery defined leadership as “The capacity and the will to rally men and women to a common purpose and the character which inspires confidence.” This definition can inspire teachers to find their own voice and in turn, their influence. Hear from these teacher leaders about who and what inspires them to lead.

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Sandy Merz

February 3, 2014

Q & A With Justin Minkel, Part 2

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In Part 1 of our conversation, Justin Minkel replied to questions I posed about teachers' pedogogical believes and political associations. Below why looking for solutions can often go astray, a little book that made a big difference, and his most embarassing and proudest moments. (In mid-February, he'll post my responses to his questions.)

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José Luis Vilson

January 30, 2014

Who Watches The Watchtower? (On Teacher Leadership in NYC)

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Last week, I had the honor of speaking to superintendents and network leaders of NYC schools as part of an NYC Department of Education expert series. They asked Barnett Berry and Ann Byrd to lead a workshop on teacher leadership around the themes of the book Teacherpreneurs. As one of the teachers in the book, I had a chance to expound on the themes of the book, not as a puppet for any entity, but as a real teacher working in the schools.

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Sandy Merz

January 30, 2014

Q & A With Justin Minkel, Part 1

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Not long ago teacher leader Justin Minkel proposed that we have a conversation through our blogs. In the first round, I sent him some questions, the answers to which you'll find below and in my next post. He'll publish my answers to his questions later this month.

My first two questions were about teachers' pedagogical belief systems and political associations.

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Renee Moore

January 29, 2014

A Mama Riffs on Testing

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Fawn Johnson, editor over at the Education Insiders Blog of the National Journal.com, posed several questions to us about standardaized testing, and she approached them not just as an education writer, but also as a mother. Here's my response to her which is cross-posted at NationalJournal.com/Education Insiders.

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