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What a 'balanced' tenure system might look like

What a 'balanced' tenure system might look like

A new brief from The New Teacher Project envisions what it is casting as a "balanced" teacher-tenure system. Under this system, teachers would be eligible for tenure after five years. Tenure would be awarded for sustained strong performance, and could be revoked for ineffective performance. Appeals could contest process and bad faith, but not judgments about performance. Hearings would be limited to a single day,…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 18, 2014 at 5:12pm — No Comments

Traditional PD: 'totally useless'?

Traditional PD: 'totally useless'?

In a guest post on the Answer Sheet blog in The Washington Post, Alvin Crawford of Knowledge Delivery Systems, which offers online professional development, writes that few can argue teachers today are getting the support and training they need to be effective and efficient, whether they stay in the classroom or not. In a 2009 report from the Center for Public Education, for instance, asked about experiences with professional…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 18, 2014 at 5:10pm — No Comments

#tbt Reviewing Curriculum: A Look Back

One result of the introduction of the Common Core Standards is a need for a curriculum review.  District leaders are called upon to be sure that classrooms, grade levels, and subject areas are aligning their curriculum with the new standards. The Common Core may have been the provocation this time, but curriculum review, routine for some, should be for all; if not before, at least now. …

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on September 18, 2014 at 7:37am — No Comments

The big cosmic picture on reading and sight-words

I'm always looking for clearer and more profound ways to explain why phonics is essential and you will destroy children if you make them memorize sight-words.

 Rudolf Flesch thought he had explained it completely in 1955. But he actually did not close the deal, so the International Reading Association was able to go right on pretending that Whole Word makes any sense at all-- for another 60 years.

 This tells you how subtle and slippery the whole thing…

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Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on September 17, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan by Robert E. Slavin

Beyond Preschool: Alleviating Poverty Over a Lifespan

Robert E. Slavin 



Preschool is good for disadvantaged children. But is preschool alone sufficient to significantly reduce poverty and inequality? Like many researchers, I'm delighted about the current enthusiasm for preschool at the policy level, and would not want to throw cold water on it. Yet almost all studies of garden-variety replicable preschool programs show that the clear…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 17, 2014 at 5:35pm — No Comments

How Emotions Help You Learn by Annie Murphy Paul

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Added by Michael Keany on September 17, 2014 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Do Our Schools Need a New Accountability System? by Anthony Cody





Do Our Schools Need a New Accountability System?…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 17, 2014 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Judgment Call: Maturity, Emotions and the Teenage Brain by Amy Williams

Judgment Call: Maturity, Emotions and the Teenage Brain

by Amy Williams

In today’s connected world, it may seem like truly understanding your students is out of reach. Between the limited amount of time spent with your class, and the vastness of their lives both at home and through social media and modern communication, understanding the teenage mind has never been more puzzling.

Never…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 17, 2014 at 1:58pm — No Comments

How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education By Lindsay H

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How Open Badges Could Really Work In Education

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Added by Michael Keany on September 17, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Pro Sports Players, Leaders, and Domestic Violence

We shouldn't just watch this drama unfold.  Action to advocate for a zero tolerance for violence, not only in our schools, but in society, will help diminish the numbers of children affected...and they will be better learners and more whole as humans. Should we refrain from entering the domestic violence fray because what happens at home isn't our business?  Can we take another thing on? Do we have a choice? According to the research, there is a connection between hitting…

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Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on September 16, 2014 at 7:05am — No Comments

My Secret Coaching Weapon: Compassion By Elena Aguilar

My Secret Coaching Weapon: Compassion

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Added by Michael Keany on September 15, 2014 at 1:26pm — No Comments

iPads for Young Children in School from Larry Cuban

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Added by Michael Keany on September 15, 2014 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Proud School Turnaround - Academic Gains with Positive Climate

Our school leaders deal with the challenge of meeting increasing State mandates and student needs everyday.  A wonderful network of educators will be in Nashville October 29th to November 1st to share inspiring stories like the one below, as well as strategies to create an environment where students AND staff will realize their potential.  Please consider sending a representative from your school to learn about positive alternatives to control oriented mandates. Please read on to learn…

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Added by Joan Fretz on September 14, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Apps to call on students randomly

Apps to call on students randomly – This Educational Leadership item suggests three apps to cold-call students:

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Added by Michael Keany on September 14, 2014 at 11:37am — No Comments

Free student perception survey questions

Free student perception survey questions – Panorama Education, a start-up developing and analyzing student opinions of their teachers, has just released a free, open-source set of questions that are quite distinct from the Tripod Project’s items. You can access Panorama’s survey here:  http://panoramaed.com/panorama-student-survey

From the Marshall Memo…

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Added by Michael Keany on September 14, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Want to Engage Parents? Flip Your Open House! By Peter DeWitt

Want to Engage Parents? Flip Your Open House!

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Added by Michael Keany on September 14, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

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