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The Power of Collaboration: 3 Ways to Bring Teachers and Legislators Together

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Collaboration is the key to success in any system. It's time to start bridging the gaps and creating opportunities for collaboration between all the stakeholder in our educational system.

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It's Us, Not Them: How Student Failure May Reflect You

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It was the first time there wasn’t a line in the ladies restroom, but yet my longest wait. We went from complete strangers to a teacher listening to a student in just three words, “Are you ok?”

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Embracing the Summer Slide

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The summer slide is so much more than just "not reading". Slip and Slide 4 copyright 2010 by Jeffrey Smith licensed under CC by-ND 2.0

When students come back in a few weeks, I won’t be so worried about how much they “lost” over the summer in terms of numerical ranges.  I’ll be more concerned about what they have gained in laughter and angst, identities they have tried on and discarded like last year’s trendy shoes.

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Bill Ferriter

June 22, 2012

Looking for an #edtech workshop? Come learn with me!

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As most Radical readers know, I'm one of the authors of Teaching the iGeneration -- a title designed to introduce teachers to ways that technology can be used to design lessons that give students opportunities to experiment with essential skills like collaboration, information management and persuasion. 

It's probably the title that I'm most proud of because it is incredibly practical

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José Luis Vilson

June 21, 2012

Five reasons why my school year was memorable 2012 [And every year, really]

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Hey John, Many of my colleagues throughout the country have already done their end of the year posts, but because NYC is special, we end our school year on June 27th. Yet, academically, the school year is done for all intents and purposes, especially mine who are preparing for their 8th grade graduation tomorrow. This [...]

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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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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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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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