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Brison Harvey

May 5, 2015

Common Assignment: An Opportunity to Learn From Collaboration & Researched Practice


Over my short period as a teacher, I have heard so many teacher leaders in the profession push for more time for collaboration, more time to talk with one another, more time to reflect, and more time to grow. The need for more time is a constant theme, yet, few teachers get the opportunity to experience this dream scenario.

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Justin Minkel

April 26, 2015

Students matter. Teachers, not so much.


When advocating for policies to better meet students’ needs, teacher leaders can’t afford to bury our lead: the students. We need to explain how the changes we advocate will improve learning outcomes for students, not just working conditions for teachers. If we fail to make that case, we’ll never see the changes our students need.

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Megan Allen

April 13, 2015

Guest blog: Atlanta Educators' Prosecution is Legal but Unjust


I have been following, quietly, the prosecution (persecution?) of the Atlanta educators in the testing scandal. To find out more about the legal perspective, I asked my childhood friend Joseph Allen to guest blog. Joseph is a successful attorney, and (from what I remember from high school), one of the most intelligent people I know. Below are his comments. My heart and thoughts go out to the Atlanta educators, students, and families. I do not condone their actions, but by no means do I feel that they are receiving fair treatment. 


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Tricia Ebner

April 12, 2015

The Antidote for Unhealthy Perfectionism


Every teacher has experienced it at one point in time or another: the intense plea for those last couple of points on an assignment. The student making the plea is passionate, driven, determined . . . and oftentimes, doing very well in the class. Is the quest for those couple of points one of learning, or one of perfection? And is it healthy? And most importantly, what can we do about it?

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