Teacher Evaluation – A Time Line, Useful but with Holes

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Wall Street Journal article on Teacher Evaluation provides a good timeline, EXCEPT it is missing the longtime, widely accepted National Board for Professional Teaching Standards comprehensive, reflective teacher certification process. This process has been accepted by teachers, teacher unions, states, districts and schools as deep professional development as well as a credible certification process for accomplished […]

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Questions to Ask Ourselves as We Lead Youth at Home and at School

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I’ve adapted the questions below for parents from Sacramento Teacher Larry Ferlazzo’s  “Five Questions for Parents to Ask Ourselves” aimed at classroom practice for teachers. (see link below) 1) Does my question bring me closer to my child—or push me away? 2) Does our activity connect with my child’s personal interests and goals? 3) Am […]

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NEA Convention Issues 13 Item Rebuke to Duncan DOE policies

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The NEA acting on behalf of 3.2 million teachers of the NEA accepted several key practices, long resisted: including student test score gains in teacher evaluation and considering teacher evaluations in pay increments. If managed very carefully, the changes enabled by these agreements could transform education positively. The NEA cautions, as it should, that student […]

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The Education Crisis Rivets Attention in Films

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Race to Nowhere shows the desperate situations in several geographically spread areas, and the efforts of parents and others to organize to improve conditions. This film points to the importance in educating the whole child, in involving parents and the community, rather than focusing only on test scores. In pursuit of A’s, American students are driven […]

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Learning Is Delightful

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…if we don’t spoil it with clumsy efforts to control it, if we use a light, caring, skilled, technologically and psychometrically advanced touch to orchestrate learning. Leveraging exemplary resources, honoring teachers, adding our talent, expertise, and concern to that of professional educators, we can support individualized learning for each learner.  All humans deserve to learn […]

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Teachers Love to Teach

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    … if we do not burden them with unreasonable expectations, bureaucratic barriers, and disrespectful working conditions.  To attract more great teachers, to keep more great teachers, to enable more good teachers to become great, we need to employ strategies to improve their teaching experience and practice. Leverage technology to provide respectful, fair, useful […]

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