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Dave Orphal

October 25, 2014

Advice for a new union leader


Every leader has that day... her or his first day in the leadership role. While advances in teacher-leaderhip, teacehrpreneuralship, and teacher-run schools are causes tetonic changes in the role of union leader, school districts and teachers unions are still a long way away from seeing the end of traditional bread-and-butter negotations.  

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Justin Minkel

October 23, 2014

The Data Dagger: Why Policymakers Need Student Stories


Test scores are a means to an end. For many power players in education, test scores have become the end in themselves, with devastating results.

Part of our job as teachers is to remind policymakers that children are far more than the sum of their data.

*Note: Photo of Indian punch dagger from the collection of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco was taken by Marshall Astor.


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Renee Moore

October 22, 2014

Read These: The Battles We Need to Fight


The teaching profession is embattled on many fronts; fighting with our students shouldn't have to be one of them. Jose Vilson's important take on that point, When Teachers and Students Fight is something everyone should read and consider. He notes:

We still have school environments that, despite some adults’ best efforts, feel unsafe, hostile, dangerous. The solution, as far as I can tell, isn’t more police officers or security.

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