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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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Dave Orphal

February 11, 2012

Some thoughts on school reform


Let's talk little bit about the problematic nature of school reform. On the one hand there really are problems with public education. Speaking from my own experience working in a high poverty school in Oakland California I can say for certain that far too many of the freshman special order school will not be walking the stage at graduation four years later.

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Bill Ferriter

February 11, 2012

Note to #atplc nation: Norms really DO matter


Over the course of the last week, I've had two separate conversations with two different principals about the critically important role that clearly articulated sets of norms play in governing the work of successful learning teams. 

Both principals are leading their buildings through the transition from traditional to collaborative schoolhouses -- and both underestimated the importance of the norming process.

That's understandable, isn't it? 

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Lana Gundy

February 10, 2012

Bringing the community back to urban schools


I'm a firm believer that the community helps form our children into good citizens.  It is time that urban school districts start looking out of the box for ways to unite the community and schools to promote citizenship and city pride among our youth. 

My school district is doing just that. Peoria Public School District is engaged in creative problem solving to find new solutions for old problems. 

Old Problem: Students not meeting state standards.

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Rod Powell

February 9, 2012

Teacher leaders: The secret to Common Core implementation


Rod Powell teaches high school social studies in Mooresville, North Carolina. A 24-year teaching veteran and a National Board Certified Teacher, Rod is a member of CTQ's Implementing Common Core Standards (ICCS) team and is currently being trained to be a Virtual Community Organizer.

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Renee Moore

February 8, 2012

A teacher's day


Today was one of those glorious, exhausting teaching days; just what I needed to get my focus back on what really matters. 

Due to an unexpected interruption in my schedule, two of my Freshman Composition classes at the community college had essays due today. (I usually stagger the due dates).  Consequently, I had a full day of writing workshop helping over 60 students meet their first college writing deadline. 

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