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While the Complete College Report raises some important issues and concerns, one danger of such reports is that they present a blanket of data with little or no explanation or analysis. There's more to these numbers, and to the lives of the people those numbers represent than the surface conclusions highlighted on the report pages.
For example, the report correctly notes that increasingly the average post-secondary student is older and likely to be going to school part-time due to family and/or job responsibilities. What the report does not appear to take into consideration is that many of those older students who come to the community college, are not seeking to graduate. Some come...
Earlier this month, a research paper coming out of the Heritage Center for Data Analysis by Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine claimed that teachers are overpaid compared to similarly educated counterparts in other professions. The researchers added benefits to teacher pay--benefits most teachers never see because they are deferred until retirement age--and counted only teacher's on-the-clock hours, and NO summer hours. [See comments by researcher, Jason Richwine, and myself below.)
The conclusions are extremely flawed. Responses to the argument are now being posted at The Debate...
I was stoked to find out that a National Board Certified Teacher from New Mexico, Michelle Felis Accardi has been named as director of state policy and advocacy for the organization. Her statement,
“It’s an honor to be associated with an organization that has set the bar for what it means to be an effective teacher,” said Accardi. “I look forward to creating partnerships with state and local agencies in an effort to expand board certification and other NBPTS initiatives throughout the country – all to benefit our nation’s students and communities.”
It appears that Ron Thorpe may be exactly the right leader for the future of the NBPTS.
I stumbled across an interesting service called Vetter this week. In its simplest form, Vetter is a digital suggestion box designed to get ideas from employees.
What makes Vetter unique, however, is that it also allows you to create groups of employees who can read and rate the suggestions that are being submitted by their peers on a scale of one to five.
Essentially, this collective review and rating process allows leaders to take advantage of the wisdom of crowds. Ideas that are reviewed by a diverse cross...
I am really looking forward to the second annual Global Education Conference next week (Nov. 14-18). Organized by teacher/networker extraordinare, Steve Hargadon, it represents what is becoming the new normal in professional development for teachers: use of social media for self-selected, self-directed, on-time professional learning.
According to its press release, the Conference:
seeks to present ideas,...
Hey Jose –
As you know, I have been following the NBPTS search for a new CEO as both a disenchanted NBCT and a passionate teacher. A little while ago the new leader was announced. Ron Thorpe, Vice President & Director, Education for WNET public TV in New York, seems to be just the candidate the NBPTS needs to create a new culture for the organization charged with defining, evaluating, and promoting accomplished teaching in America’s schools. Below is my open letter to Ron that describes what I think he might need to know about accomplished teaching and the NBPTS and what I hope he can accomplish during his tenure.
Dear Ron Thorpe
President & CEO
National Board for...
They say hindsight is 20/20…a cliché phrase that makes a person feel better about themselves once he or she has completed an often monumental task with many missteps along the way. Such is the case with teacher preparation programs. Often, the clarity one receives is a phenomenal paradox: the instant a person completes the task, such as graduating from a teacher preparation program, he or she then becomes an expert in respective field (in our case, teaching), while simultaneously becoming a cutthroat critic of the path of which was just traveled. Offering endless advice to change the journey that he or she believes would be a far superior path than the down-trodden route that resulted in this new-found knowledge.
Now this is where the...
Let’s start with a simple truth: Whether it’s the athlete who singlehandedly throws a team on their back to make a run to an unlikely championship, the actor that wins Oscar after Oscar, or the digital genius churning out inventions that change our lives, everyone loves superstars.
The notion that individuals – blessed with nothing more than determination and a set of remarkable abilities – can regularly rise above seemingly impossible situations on their own rings true, doesn’t it?
But is it REALLY true?
That was the core question that Harvard Business School professors Boris Groysberg, Ashish Nanda, and Nitin Nohria (2004)...
By Ali Kliegman
Ali Kliegman, a policy associate at CTQ, has been working with teacher leaders on a new website called Teacher Leader Model Standards. The site, which launched last week, is a collaborative resource for teacher leaders to share and learn about teacher leadership in the 21st century.