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Dan Brown

June 3, 2011

Fighting summer reading loss: Get books in student's hands

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Last year, I wrote a blog post titled “You Can’t Compensate for Not Reading,” and it turned out to be one of the most widely discussed pieces I’ve written. I’ve been handing out summer reading assignments all week, so the topic of independent reading has again been very much on my mind. 

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Dan Brown

May 31, 2011

Teacher voices in Denver speak truth on teacher evaluation

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Teacher evaluation reform is the hot topic in education reform. At a group interview for the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship at the U.S. Department of Education, the group discussion topic was how Secretary Duncan should talk about teacher evaluations. This is its moment.

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Dan Brown

May 19, 2011

Swamped: One teacher's to-do list

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I stole a couple extra minutes today and wrote down my full to-do list. It was scary. 

-Teach my regular classes (200 mins)

-Grade quizzes on Ch. 5-6 of The Great Gatsby (40 mins)

-Input grades and comments into Power School online gradebook (10 mins)

-gather/create/print/copy/staple materials for activities for classes for the rest of the week (60 mins)

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Dan Brown

March 29, 2011

Crunch time for National Board Certification

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In two days, National Board Certification portfolio boxes need to be mailed out to a weird address in San Antonio. As a first-time candidate, I can’t wait to send this thing away, but I must say that putting it together has been the best professional development experience of my teaching career.

 

 

 

 

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Dan Brown

March 10, 2011

The best teacher education model nobody talks about: Urban teacher residency

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How do we prepare teachers to be good at their jobs and stay in the profession long enough to really make an impact? This is the zillion dollar question.

Alternative certification programs, most prominently represented in the media by Teach For America, recruit altruistic-minded applicants and throw them into the toughest classes with barely a summer of preparation. I was a New York City Teaching Fellow (cohort 6) and the trial by fire model prematurely pushes out a lot of would-be great teachers.

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Dan Brown

February 26, 2011

My teacher recruitment rant

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The setting: a recent Education Writers Association conference; Carnegie Corporation of New York offices; 26th floor of a Park Avenue skyscraper

The panel: “Bringing in the Best: Recruiting and Hiring Practices” featuring Vicki Bernstein from New York City Department of Education, Dan Goldhaber of the Center on Education Data & Research, and Spencer Kympton of Teach for America. 

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