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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 [...]

Let’s think about teacher-student relationships

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By Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith, and Nancy Frey We all generally know that teachers should work to maintain healthy relationships with their students. It’s logical and reasonable. There is even research suggesting that positive teacher-student relationships improve achievement. For example, see John Hattie’s meta-analyses, indicating that the effect size is .72. Effect size describes how [...]

Confessions of a one-day a week librarian

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By Laura Thomas One of the perks of my work is that I never know what’s coming next. I’m a school coach and, more important, a servant leader. My job is to try to fill whatever need comes along — sometimes on my own, sometimes by finding the right person for the job. This fall, [...]

Strategies to help students self-regulate

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By Beverly Koopman I don’t like being micro-managed. In fact, most of every day of my life is organized entirely by me, within a set of external expectations. I like it that way, too. When I watch children of at play, I see them making choices that regulate and organize their time. Some are very [...]

Why I Teach

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Mandy Mikita Scott teaches music because she believes music will enrich the lives of her students, no matter what kind of career they go on to.

Why I Teach

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Chris Graves teaches because he believes he makes things a little better for students because of what he does each day they are in his classroom.

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