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Sandy Merz

April 27, 2016

How Not to Shuffle Teachers, Part One

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This year at my school a powerful cohort of outside forces, trying to do the right thing, used a financial incentive to fix something that wasn't broken and in the process derailed a promising teacher's first year, denied over 100 seventh graders six weeks of science, and added 20% to the workload of four full time teachers.  

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Renee Moore

April 26, 2016

Build a Three-Legged Stool: A Classroom Mentoring Program

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During the 2016 Teaching and Learning Conference, I shared briefly about a technique I used for many years to help provide parent/community support for students. Several people asked for more information about it, so I'm re-posting a more detailed piece I wrote in January 2007, "If Not a Village, At Least an Elder.".

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Marcia Powell

April 21, 2016

Notes from the First TPS Design Thinking Chat, Week 3

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What sticky questions are big enough that we need to really empathize with more than our own viewpoint?  How can we work together to make that idea grow into possibilities that can lead to increased value in our schools, our classrooms, and our communities?

If you've ever asked,  "How can I.....," check out the potential of design thinking.  Ready. Set. Go. We can solve this...together.

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Bill Ferriter

April 12, 2016

New Slide: Prioritizing Grading over Feedback

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I'm more than a little spent tonight. Not sure why, but I don't have a ton to give.  Whenever I get to that point, I like to work on slides.  Something about tinkering with words and colors and layouts leaves me refreshed.

So I whipped up a slide for a thought that has been sitting in the back of my mind for a while now.  I think it reflects an uncomfortable truth about what schools have become in our quest for accountability.

Hope that it challenges your thinking.  More importantly, I hope that you use it to challenge someone else's thinking:

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