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Julie Hiltz

July 14, 2014

The Standards: Moving from "Common" to Dynamic Learning


There’s been a lot of discussion about the Common Core standards in my state—and school—this year. As a teacher and a parent, I’ve heard conversations from a variety of stakeholders surrounding the standards: concerns about what and how students will be taught, who controls the curriculum, and whether the standards will live up expectations. Not surprisingly, many of those discussions have been contentious.

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José Luis Vilson

July 8, 2014

A Few Reactions To The NEA Empowered Educator Day 2014


What does it mean to be a teacher leader, and what does it mean to be empowered?

These were two of my inquiries as I headed to Denver, CO, for the National Education Association Empowered Educators Day, co-sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the General Electric Foundation. I was very familiar with the work of all folks involved, and, even though this was the first event of its kind for NEA, I still saw this as a good first step to having this discussion about teacher leadership and all its forms.

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Justin Minkel

June 29, 2014



The kindergartner had gotten lost and ended up in the 2nd grade wing. She looked around at all the big kids, a little bewildered but not quite scared as of yet. Then she spotted me standing outside my classroom door and her face broke into a radiant smile. She walked up to me, arms outstretched, and gave me a hug.

That little girl had no idea who I was. But she knew I was a teacher, and in her a mind a teacher is someone you can trust to take care of you.

That trust is a gift. Earning it lies at the heart of our profession.


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