Bringing Miles the beef on teacher pay....

Having spent the past year working with a group of highly accomplished teachers studying the issue of professional compensation for educators as a…


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Just another debate....

One of the teachers that I most admire is a woman named Mary who works with some of the highest needs students in one of the poorest counties in her…


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Not a tool to punish?

In advocating for the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind legislation at a ceremony honoring the nation's 50 teachers of the year last week,…


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What a wonderful world... it almost was

In a recent post, I shared a few of the very difficult realities of being a dedicated teacher in a high needs school. But I don't want to leave the…


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The nation's cudgel....

As a classroom teacher, I often struggle to keep my spirits high under the constant barrage of criticism leveled at the work done by public school…


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Teach for America?

The Washington Post had an interesting article today on plans in the District of Columbia to recruit additional Teach for America teachers to high…


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Torment for a new generation...

I think what has crossed my mind since the Virginia Tech tragedy has been the lack of serious consequences for bullying and harrassment in many…


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Can you hear me now?

The VA Tech tragedy touched me on so many levels of my own humanity: mother, teacher, colleague. However, what has rubbed much salt in the wounds…


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Standing at the edge of my classroom...

Over the past two years, I've earned considerable professional recognition. I was selected as district Teacher of the Year (in a system with 9,000…


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Rewarding the right knowledge and skills...

One of the defining moments in our TeacherSolutions conversations about rewarding teachers for new knowledge and skills came when we reached…


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