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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher


Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),


How Should Learning Teams Choose Essential Outcomes?

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One of the questions that I'm often asked in #atplc workshops is, "How should our learning team identify the essential and nonessential standards in our curriculum?"


Chào mừng bạn đến Quốc Hoa Kỳ (Welcome to the United States)


Opening up my e-mail and sipping on my third coffee of the morning, I read the following message:

“Hello teachers.  Please welcome a new 10th grader, Ngoc Trinh, coming to us from Vietnam. We will have to do our best to support this student with her limited English skills.”

“Uh oh…” was my first thought. 

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February 16, 2012

Airing it out: Teacher training at 35,000 feet


“I like your jacket,” chirped the young woman sitting in 23B as I squeezed into the window seat beside her. She patted the leather sleeve. “You look like you should ride a motorcycle. What do you do?”

I remembered Jon Lovitz as a surly baseball scout boarding a train in A League of Their Own. “Every time, I gotta sit next to one of these people!” he griped about a chatty passenger. Thankfully the flight from Raleigh to my connection in Charlotte was scheduled for only 40 minutes.

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Barnett Berry

February 14, 2012

Transforming teaching in California


By Anna Martin & Barnett Berry

Education reform typically follows an unfortunate pattern. Politicians and pundits drive the agendas, while students and teachers live out the consequences.

To better address our schools’ needs, reform efforts must be led by those who work with students every day. At an event in Sacramento last month, teachers like Anna Martin offered practical recommendations for improving teaching quality in California.

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Bill Ferriter

February 13, 2012

Digital advice for school leaders . . .


On Wednesday, I'll have the chance to present to the technology committee of our school district's Division of Principals.  In the process of preparing, I asked my network the ONE bit of advice they thought school leaders interested in driving change in their own buildings needed to hear.

Many of the responses shared the same theme -- a theme that was summarized nicely by Tim Wilhelumus, who wrote:

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