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Educators Rising Standards

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The journey to accomplished teaching is a marathon. What should the first steps look like? Educators Rising Standards are the teaching profession’s answer to this vital question. Created with support from the National Education Association (NEA), who provided a generous grant award for their development, the standards will form the backbone for secondary-based “grow your own” efforts [...]

Researchers and school districts can partner to benefit education practice

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By Anna-Ruth Allen and Caitlin Farrell In their February 2015 Phi Delta Kappan article, Marco A. Muñoz and Robert J. Rodosky from Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky offer a valuable school district perspective on how arrangements between research partners and districts can be more or less productive, and how the benefits from these partnerships [...]

The fine (and important) points of guided play

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By Deena Skolnick Weisberg, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff In a November 2015 article in Phi Delta Kappan. Fuson et al. propose a variety of strategies for involving young students in math education, merging our best current understanding of what children need to succeed in school with our knowledge of how children learn best — [...]

The autopsy of school reform

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By Joseph Murphy A few months ago, the School Reform Forensic Detective Agency unearthed and completed autopsies on the bodies of the last three generations of the School Reform Family. Using "data driven" protocols, they uncovered that all the family members died from one of three causes. First, almost no one really wanted the reforms to [...]

Differentiated instruction in a gluten-free world

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By Joanne Kelleher Differentiated instruction can be a tough sell in educational circles. Some of the resistance can be attributed to misconceptions about what it is and how to do it. Mike Schmoker’s criticism of differentiated instruction (http://mikeschmoker.com/pedagogic-fads.html) gave a voice and a rationale to those who found it too difficult or confusing to implement. [...]

Debunking myths about school choice

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By Al Ramirez It seems that every politician — left or right — speaks of choice as some sacrosanct policy that holds the key to improving the nation’s schools. Consider some of these myths in the messages promoting charter schools, vouchers, and open enrollment. 1) Public schools are bad but private schools and charter schools [...]

Does competency-based professional development have legs?

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By Meg S. Bates There’s a lot of chatter in teacher education circles about competency-based professional development (PD). The idea is that traditional PD has a “one size fits all” approach: Teachers in a school get the same instruction about the same topic, regardless of personal interest, need, or experience. Competency-based PD, on the other [...]

Minority Serving Institutions: The pathway to more black male teachers

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By Alice Ginsberg, Marybeth Gasman, and Andrés Castro Samayoa In recent article in Education Week titled “Black male teachers a dwindling demographic,” Corey Mitchell writes that, “Even when teachers of color find work in the classroom, many end up fleeing out of frustration.” Citing a 2015 report by the Albert Shanker Institute on the state [...]

The story of evidence

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By Joseph Murphy Let us attend to the most essential problem — the academic community's belief that it has a monopoly on "evidence." Scientific evidence is the only evidence that has legitimacy. We are almost on a religious quest to show that this should be the case. From my own observations and reading, we have [...]

A teacher changed my life — now I want to do that for others

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By Khulia Pringle I’m student teaching now, which means my days are about learning to walk as a teacher, while also thinking about my practice, craft, and studies. It’s natural for me to think about role models — those teachers who really made a difference in my life. That’s easy. Jan Mandell was the one teacher [...]

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