The best idea in education: Developing families center in Washington, D.C.

The longer I work with 11th and 12th graders (this is my 5th year), the clearer it becomes to me that education really begins when a child is in the…


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Hitting home runs fifty feet at a time [Slide]

For the past few months, I've been reading a book called The Method Method, which details the innovative strategies used to grow the Method line of…


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Read this: More important things to do with technology than give tests

Extending my recent thoughts about Better Things to Do With Student Writing Than Just Grade It, I found this very helpful, almost prophetic piece by…


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American Graduate: Oakland, CA

I've written about PBS/CPB's American Graduate Initiative in a previous blog post. This is a great program that I'm proud to work with.  Here's a…


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Reminder: Mastery and performance are NOT the same thing [Slide]

Over the course of the past week, I've been wrestling with one simple question:  Are the grading practices in our schools too far gone to be fixed?…


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Can teachers be like doctors?

The teaching profession is in the early stages of a massive overhaul, and many advocates are looking to the medical profession for a model of how to…


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Policymakers walking in teacher's shoes: A brilliant replicable idea

Last week, 50 employees— mostly senior staff— of the U.S. Department of Education spent their Wednesday shadowing teachers in D.C.-area schools. “ED…


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What might be right for you may not be right for some [On home visits]

At the Education Week Teacher blog, my colleagues and I have written a fair amount about parent involvement as the missing link in school reform…


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A student's take on self assessment

If you've been following the Radical at all, you know that Dean Shareski has gotten me thinking about the role that self-assessment should play in my…


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To be appreciated…

Like many teachers, I have some mixed feelings about Teacher Appreciation Week. I wouldn't want to do away with it, but there's something awkward…


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