Best moment: Connecting with the community through academics (part I)

It's almost time for eighth grade graduation, so I'm preparing myself to say goodbye to my students and also looking back on this year.  One of the…


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Part 1: Using digital tools to support PLCs

You know, I’m not sure that PLC advocates and supporters realize just how difficult collaboration really is for classroom teachers. It’s not that…


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What about the children? (Again)

Following initial attempts by a determined group of teachers to engage in direct discussions with the Obama administration about the ESEA Blueprint…


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TWIT: They don't judge me by a test

If you've been reading the Radical recently, you know it's been a frustrating week for me.  I'm tired of working in tested subjects and tired of…


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The monster you've created. . .

May 25, 2010 Dear Mr. Policymaking Man, As a sixth grade language arts teacher for the better part of the past 16 years, I've tried to serve you…


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Read this: Merit pay for teachers a poor idea

Merit pay plans are less common in the private sector than people think, research shows. Only one in seven employees is covered by a merit pay plan…


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Intervention conversation: Day 3 summary

It’s hard to believe, but our focused three-day conversation with Rick and Becky DuFour—authors of Raising the Bar and Closing the Gap—is quickly…


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Intervention conversation: Day 2 summary

So we’ve made it through Day 2 of our conversation on interventions with school change experts Rick and Becky DuFour—authors of Raising the Bar and…


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Intervention conversation: Day 1 summary

Honestly, I couldn’t be more tickled with how Day 1 of our conversation with Rick and Becky DuFour on the challenges of setting up school-based…


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Conversation on interventions starts today!

Here it is, Radical Nation: The first day in our three-day conversation on the nuts-and-bolts of setting up school-wide systems of intervention…


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