Ending the martyrdom of American teachers

What can American policymakers do about our teacher retention problem?

4 Minutes

Looping: The #1 Reason Why I Became A Career Teacher

I wasn't prepared for my first classroom...but my students were ready for me.

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Startled, I looked at our school's union representative.  I didn’t think I heard her correctly. “Dave, would you please leave the meeting?” she…

3 Minutes

Three Reasons North Carolina's New Plan for Paying Teachers is a Bad Idea.

If you've been paying any attention to national #edpolicy trends, you probably already know that North Carolina has become a leader in thinly-veiled…

12 Minutes

7 Essential Questions from GCEN’s Singapore Symposium

Worthwhile discussions tend to raise more questions than answers. Here are seven vexing questions after deliberations with education policymakers…

5 Minutes

Viewing the Education Ecosystem: Who Sees What and Why Does It Matter?

After reading the powerful collection of articles on teacher leadership in the October 2013 issue of Education Leadership, I looked back at my own…

5 Minutes

"It's Not the Technology; It's the Teachers"

  Few things can compare with the sheer joy of watching our students use what we’ve taught them to take control of their own learning. I had that…

5 Minutes

To Know We Are Not Alone: Identity (Not Sex) in the Classroom

“We read to know that we are not alone.” We have reached a point where we realize that the books our students read should reflect their racial,…

7 Minutes

TFA: Reeking of Pork, Again

With a five-week summer survival course and no actual classroom experience, TFA candidates are deemed “highly qualified” before the school year even…

3 Minutes

The Classroom Management Olympics

Just for giggles, I'm sharing my silliest moment of the day.  Sure, there are much more important things I'd like to have brainpower to write about…

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