Pick up the phone — now!

col - Richardson|

This is the time of year when I honestly would prefer to sit back, watch the snow gently drift down, and muse about the single red cardinal who alights in the fruit tree outside my office window. But my inbox is full to overflowing, especially on Mondays. Authors still send Kappan hundreds of manuscripts every [...]

White like me

col - Richardson|

  The writing prompt from the presenter was simple enough: How has your race influenced your life? I dutifully bent my head and put my pen to paper and . . . nothing. I had nothing to say. Race had not influenced my life. No experiences to reflect on. Nothing. I sat up and looked [...]

Time to learn, time to teach

col - Richardson|

How schools use time is an evergreen issue in education. No matter what time of year it is, time — or the lack of time — is always up for debate. But, although time and learning have been at the forefront for a couple of decades, we haven’t exactly embraced significant improvements. We grumble about [...]

Getting better at learning

col - Richardson|

Katie was an exceptional 4th-grade teacher. Honestly, she was the single best classroom teacher whom I’ve ever witnessed. As she taught, she seemed to be tapping into multiple brains simultaneously, quickly analyzing what different students needed and responding in the moment to meet those needs. Add to that her warmth and humor, and her classroom [...]

A fresh start

col - Richardson|

Martha Lacy didn’t study Laundry 101 during her undergraduate work in education nor in any of her principal preparation courses. But as principal of David Weir K-8 Preparatory Academy, a Title I school in Fairfield, Calif., she learned that dirty clothes were often one reason children missed school. If children were unaware of their own [...]

Don’t blame the children

col - Richardson|

  All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind is part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another. — Anatole France Just as schools are opening across the country, my mind is on schools that are closing. The number of schools that [...]

Load More Posts