July 17, 2017
by Tricia Ebner
One powerful statement during a parent-teacher conference revealed the dangers of single stories. The moments that followed illustrate the importance of listening, sharing stories, and seeking to understand one another in building strong relationships with families.
July 6, 2017
by Jon Eckert
This roundtable synthesis explores five ways to end the teacher shortage and a wealth of links to research, including other compelling posts in this series. To participate in the #Teachershortage conversation, which includes issues from recruitment to retention, join our Twitter chat on Wednesday, July 12th at 4 p.m. EST. We're co-hosting with our friends and colleagues at LPI (Learning Policy Institute).
June 29, 2017
by John Holland
When you look up the phrase “The one that got away” you find an urban dictionary post that reads: “The person that you could've and should've ended up with but didn't, usually because of a series of poor choices on your end.” I can’t think of a better way to talk about my friend Tonishia Short. In this interview, she explains why she's taking a break from the profession she loves.
March 13, 2017
by Julie Hiltz
I know the exact moment I took ownership of my professional development: August, 2012.
December 29, 2016
by Barnett Berry
We know the impact that one teacher leader can have in their school and on the system as a whole. And we believe unleashing the collective capacity of educators (teachers and administrators) is the key to creating an equitable public school system that serves all students and their communities. To amplify this belief, the Center for Teaching Quality is shifting its blogging strategy, transitioning from a community of individual bloggers to a roundtable discussion approach. Learn more about this strategy here and join the conversation.
December 6, 2016
by Marcia Powell
Sunday, the DAPL project was dealt a blow when the Army Corps of Engineers did not grant the easement necessary to allow the pipeline to continue across sacred grounds. That's a wonderful start, and got me thinking about teacher leadership and the lessons that could be learned.
July 19, 2016
by Marcia Powell
I recently have seen a storm of not-so-nice comments regarding PokemonGO on social media. That made me pause. After all, PokemonGO is a gamification of fitness training. As one of the memes argued, "PokemonGO did in 24 hours what Michelle Obama has worked towards the past eight years."
April 26, 2016
by Renee Moore
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.".
April 23, 2016
by Bill Ferriter
I've been doing a ton of thinking lately about the communications that parents receive from their children's schools and classroom teachers.
April 21, 2016
by Marcia Powell
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.