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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.


An Opportunity to Share My Voice


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


Why Every School Needs to Require Tandem Bike Riding


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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Ariel Sacks

September 3, 2012

Catching up with EdModo!


My friend told me she's been using EdModo to allow students to continue class discussions outside of class—"It's basically Facebook for school," she said. I was excited by what she described, and I am finally getting around to checking it out. Wow! I'm extremely impressed with what this site can allow us to do.

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Bill Ferriter

September 1, 2012

Are we asking the right questions?


Spend any time in the professional development sessions that start every school and you're bound to come to a painful realization, y’all: Schools – and the parents, practitioners, principals, and policymakers who support them – have a dysfunctional relationship with answers.

“What kinds of patterns can we find in the wrong answers that students gave on the end of grade exams?” we ask at the beginning of every school year.

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Dave Orphal

August 29, 2012

New-teacher induction, Part 1


I'm back to work a week early.  My school district asked me to coach our new social studies hires prior to the start of the school year.  We spent three days together talking about curriculum, classroom management, and building relationships in the classroom. In the next few posts, I'll share some reflections on this experience.

Day 1

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José Luis Vilson

August 28, 2012

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free [On dress code]


John, Edutopia has blessed me with a spot on their blog as a guest writer, joining the likes of Elena Aguilar and Heather Wolpern-Gawron, both teacher leaders at the Teacher Leaders Network. I gotta say, I’m pretty excited considering most of my posts either focus on edu-wonk / policy or a specific article / trend [...]

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