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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

June 15, 2012

Read this: Rural superintendent gets ed reform right

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Superintendent John Kuhn, of Perrin-Whitt Consolidated School District in Texas, has written one of the best summaries I've seen of how to get education reform right. He urges policymakers and others to look at the Oppportunities to Learn campaign's 2020 Vision Roadmap: A Pre-K Through Postsecondary Blueprint for Educational Success.

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RyanKinser

June 15, 2012

Yes, I snatched a teacher’s trash

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“So, you want it?” my colleague Lee asked me during the last week of her teaching career. 

 I felt like a ravenous buzzard prematurely circling an animal. “Absolutely,” I answered. “I’ll send a couple of students to pick it up right now.” Her signature of retirement was not even dry, and here I was, first in line to pilfer her belongings?

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Bill Ferriter

June 8, 2012

PLC tip: Crafting a master schedule [Handouts]

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Over the past six months, I've been neck deep in drafting my second book on professional learning communities.  Tentatively titled Progress-Driven Leadership, it is designed to introduce readers to tangible strategies for tackling the five most common frustrations faced by schools working to move towards a more collaborative, responsive future.

One of the challenges that we address in the text -- crafting a master schedule that creates time for collaboration AND student intervention -- has handcuffed more than a few PLC principals. 

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Ariel Sacks

June 6, 2012

Commencement speech

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It's graduation time, a time that always reminds me of possibly the biggest honor I've ever had—speaking at my Bank Street College Commencement in 2006. It was the largest group I've ever spoken to at the majestic Riverside Church in lower Harlem, which held so many respected classmates and teachers. I like to look back on it now and then.

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