The economy's impact on education

In a recent conversation with a group of colleagues about the impact that our failing economy will have on class sizes in education, my good friend…


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Are you an accomplished teacher reader?

Teacher leaders in the U.S. may want to grab a free subscription to “Accomplished Teacher,” a new five-day-a-week e-newsletter published by…


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Team of teacher texters

The classrooms at my school are equipped with an ancient, mostly working phone system that allows us to call other classrooms and offices on our…


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Solution seeking or finger pointing?

I'll never forget a principal that I met a few years back who I'll call Tommy Weiss*.  Tommy was the principal of a middle school who was convinced…


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Platform diving: Comparing the party positions on education

Thanks to Teachers College and EdWeek for sponsoring and webcasting the recent debate between the top educational advisors for McCain and Obama: Lisa…


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How relevant are relationships?

One cliche that has made its rounds in education in the past decade is that "rigor, relevance and relationships" are the three keys to a successful…


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Urban Teacher Residencies - Wave of the Future?

There's some nice synergy going on between the Teacher Leaders Network and the Center for Teaching Quality around Urban Teacher Residencies. CTQ…


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Teacher leadership at the Ford Foundation

​Thanks to the Teacher Leaders Network, last week I had the wonderfully unusual opportunity to sit around a table at a meeting at Ford Foundation…


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Teachers and administrators: Getting in step

Although you might not be able to tell it from some of my blog posts, I'm basically an optimist (albeit a pragmatic one) when it comes to the future…


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The challenge to changing working conditions

Recording the workplace perceptions of almost 90% of licensed educators statewide, you'd think the fourth edition of the North Carolina Teaching and…


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