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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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Renee Moore

August 1, 2012

Connected Educator Month starts now!

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Today begins an exciting month of events designed to highlight the importance of educators being connected and what that means for students learning and our own. Several of the teacher networks to which I belong are taking part in this important series of events, including: Bread Loaf School of English, NCTE. Center for Teaching Quality, and many others.

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Bill Ferriter

July 31, 2012

What economists don't understand about educators

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In yet another example of economists churning out crappy research that will have a negative impact on #edupolicy, Harvard professor Roland Fryer and Freakonomics co-author and University of Chicago professor Steven Levitt recently released a study touting the #edupower of "loss aversion" merit pay programs.

So what exactly do "loss aversion" merit pay programs look like in action?

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Ariel Sacks

July 31, 2012

Co-teaching is helping me write a book!

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At my school, I co-teach two of my four classes with two different learning specialists. For half of this year, I also worked with a great apprentice teacher. While co-teaching requires extra time for communication, the experience has been richly rewarding for my students and for me. There are many known benefits to an effective co-teaching model—but I think I just discovered a new one!

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José Luis Vilson

July 30, 2012

Professionalism in the time of incentive-based studies

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Hey John, a couple of weeks back, a few of us on Twitter had a conversation about the comparison between teachers and athletes (everyone does it, including me). The always poignant John Spencer (@johntspencer) echoes sentiments I’ve heard friends like Stephen Lazar make before: “I’d rather pay teachers a living age and ‘reward’ them with [...]

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Renee Moore

July 27, 2012

Make education a right

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This is for all my teacher colleagues who keep wanting to ignore politics and wish that it had nothing to do with education.

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) just reported on the decision of the Rhode Island Supreme Court in a case that challenged inequities in funding a public schools across the tiny state; a common issue in many, if not most states. The Court decided against the plaintiffs, and part of their reasoning was this:

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Bill Ferriter

July 25, 2012

Are YOUR learning teams playing together?

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Few collaborative groups faced tougher circumstances than Ernest Shackleton's crew during the Imperial Trans-Arctic Expedition of 1914

Determined to become the first to cross Antarctica from west to east -- one of the final great feats of polar exploration left to be accomplished -- Shackleton and his men set sail aboard a stout wooden vessel named the Endurance in August of 1914. 

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