As the global narrative on teaching begins to shift, research shows that investing in high-quality professional learning systems is key to school improvement. The newly-published Flip the System, which features chapters written by members of the CTQ Collaboratory and CTQ staff, explores the role of teacher leaders.
It’s time for you, Mr. President, to remind Americans of the paramount significance of education; how schoolsconcretely—and sublimely—affectour lives, the health of the nation and the greater good of a broader world. As your actions over the past month have shown, sometimes a leader needs to intervene, ignore the point/counterpoint analysis and inspire the efforts of opposing sides towardbroader approaches and bolder solutions.
There's a reason for that straight line, miss. Don't cross over it and you'll be fine.
So here's my question: do you cross the line, or not? What is your reasoning? Is it valid? Is it customary? Can we paint over the line? Drop it into a pot of boiling water so it bends and, like a spaghetti noodle, morphs into a curlique shape? Does the color of the line matter, or it the authority it represents something you believe in?
In 1996, I assigned my class to read an essay by an African-American author and came face to face with racist resistance. When I saw the arrest of South Carolina Dylann Roof for the killing of nine people, I recognized that face from many I had seen in my own classroom.
What does authentic assessment look like in practice, and how does it differ from traditional assessment? What are the benefits — and challenges — of authentic assessment on teaching and learning? Over the next two months, educators from across the country will share the risks and reward of authentic assessment.