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Jessica Cuthbertson

September 21, 2015

All In A Day’s Work: Maximizing the Inservice Structure


While professional learning varies greatly in terms of quality and intensity, how do we make the most of current school or district structures? Here are two tips to maximize the impact of a one-day inservice: implement immediately and share your results. Learn more about moving a day of learning into your daily practice in this post. 

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Renee Moore

August 7, 2015

Raising Our Expectations: National Board Standards


Just as there is an important distinction between being someone with an accounting degree and being a Certified Public Accountant, there are critical differences between someone who has been given a state license to supervise a classroom, and a teacher who has demonstrated highly accomplished practice in a specific area.

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Liz Prather

July 31, 2015

The Moments In Between: What They Never Show in Teacher Movies


New teachers, don't be fooled by the serial moments of epiphany showcased in teacher movies.  That's all Hollywood and plot points.  It's the moments in between that make the good teacher great. 

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John Holland

July 26, 2015

Craving Criticism


I crave criticism. I think it is a holdover from my years of training as an artist. People don't realize that is what really happens in art school and art classes. You spend several weeks working on a project, put it out there for everybody to see, and then you pick at it, look under the hood, ask and answer questions. It is a called a critique, and that is how you learn. In order to learn, an artist prostrates him/herself on the body of knowledge of the collective. There are no right answers.

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William  Tolley

July 13, 2015

Grace and American Education: An Open Letter to President Barack Obama


It’s time for you, Mr. President, to remind Americans of the paramount significance of education; how schools concretely—and sublimely—affect our 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 toward broader approaches and bolder solutions.

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Liz Prather

June 30, 2015

The Dylann Roofs I Have Known


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. 

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