Chancellor Fariña on the Best ELA Test Prep

On Friday, NYC School Chancellor Carmen Fariña sent out a message to principals, which a friend shared with me. In it, she recognizes the pressure…


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Teacher Testimony: Why I Support the Common Core Standards

On March 20, North Carolina high school teacher Rod Powell testified before a legislative committee about how his students benefit from the Common…


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Teacher Testimony: Why I Support the Common Core Standards

On March 20, North Carolina high school teacher Nancy Gardner testified before a legislative committee about how her students benefit from the Common…


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A "Dear John" letter to the state of Florida

I made this "Dear John" video this summer, before I left Florida and moved to Massachusetts. In the seven months since I've left the state: I've…


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Who Wants to Play Hashtag Bracketology?

Let's start with a simple truth:  Hashtags changed everything for digital learners. Spending a few minutes identifying hashtags that are connected to…


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Will Arne Duncan leave a legacy of teacher leadership?

I was delighted when USDOE Secretary Arne Duncan used the very language I’ve so often employed—of leading without leaving the classroom—to announce a…


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Questions about Standardized Testing: A Discussion Post

The testing season is upon us. I can feel the stress tick up a notch and I don’t even test my students. We use anecdotal records to assess our…


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Guest Blog: This is What I Am

This week, I'm proud to have one of my great colleagues and friends, David Bosso, as a guest blogger. David has been researching the impact of…


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This May Shock You, but I REALLY DO Love Libraries, Librarians AND Nonfiction!

My recent post questioning the money we spend on nonfiction texts in the media center has generated a ton of interesting dialogue, y'all. If you…


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Who Gets To Write Fiction? A Response to Walter Dean Myers & Chris Myers

This morning I was among many Americans who read word for word, side by side, the beautiful and searing pieces by two of my lit-heroes, author Walter…


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