The danger in false transparency. . .

The last week of May is always a big time for sixth graders over at Salem Middle School because many of the fall season sport coaches hold interest…


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New push seeks to end need for remedial classes before college - NYTimes.com

New Push Seeks to End Need for Remedial Classes Before College - NYTimes.com - Annotated This story is from New York, but it could just as easily…


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The basic math of school reform

I know it's the end of the school year, (or the start of summer school for some of us), but here's a quiz for education leaders and policymakers.…


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The desks incident

This is a story of student leadership in the realest sense. Last week my students had social studies testing all morning. By the end of the day, I…


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How Teacher Education (and Master’s Degrees) Make a Difference for Student Achievement

I must say I am little weary of policy pundits who say that schools of education and master’s degree programs make no difference in the lives of…


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What I'm TRYING to say is...

Wow.  Working through my recent thoughts about organizational juice has been a real challenge for me.  Based on responses from readers, I'm not sure…


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A hapless search for organizational juice?

After spending the better part of the last two days thinking about my recent battles with digital bureaucracy, I’ve come to realize that I CRAVE…


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Elephants in the news room

Education reporters ply their craft without much pushback, most of the time. It's rare, for example, to see an education story or series analyzed in…


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Openly sick of being digitally resilient. . .

Cranky Blogger Warning:  This post was written after one really long day.  It's probably 70% emotion and 30% reasoned thought.  (I'll let you figure…


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Time to end teaching quality fight & seek third way

In a new commentary published by Education Week, TLN co-founder Barnett Berry, president of the Center for Teaching Quality, calls upon policymakers…


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