Okay, high-stakes testing is bad… But what else Is there?

"Alright, I agree. The overemphasis on standardized testing is not good. I see it. So what are the alternatives?" Earlier this week I spoke to a…


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Live blogging about teacher leadership

David Cohen -- California high school English teacher, NBCT, and TLN member -- volunteered to blog live for Teacher Magazine from last week's…


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Looking past the Cheetos . . .

An interesting email landed in my inbox last week from one of my all-time favorite students, a boy that we’ll call Jack that I taught a few years…


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The new NYC school system: A house of cards

New York City public education officials have been duking it out over whether the mayor should continue to run NYC public schools, or the "old" Board…


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An open letter to North Carolina legislators. . .

Like many states, North Carolina’s legislature is wrapped in one of the toughest budget sessions of the past 50 years. Along with raising taxes and…


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Leadership Day 2009: Why digital change efforts fail. . .

(I'm a bit behind, but I wanted to get in on Scott McLeod's Leadership Day 2009.  It's one of the most important digital events of every year.)…


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Community colleges: From stepchild to spotlight

Community colleges have long been maligned by the misperception that they were not as good (read rigorous) as their university siblings. In reality,…


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Celebrating the "Awakening Giant" of teacher leadership

This month at the Teacher Leaders Network, we're celebrating the newly published 3rd edition of the teacher leadership classic Awakening the Sleeping…


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Technology facilitates connections. . .

There's an interesting conversation going on over at Will Richardson's blog about "the larger lessons" that we expect students to master and the role…


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Pushing back on organizing PLCs. . .

Scott McLeod—who writes extensively about school leadership over at Dangerously Irrelevant, a must-read blog for anyone involved in education—stopped…


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