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December 16, 2013

When teacher leaders boost student leaders: Dave and Esme


Last year—in conjunction with his own visit to Finland—Dave Orphal’s sophomores analyzed readings from Finnish Lessons and Surpassing Shanghai.

Then Dave issued a challenge: take your learning local.

Read about the results of this work, and take action to support teachers like Dave.

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John Holland

December 4, 2013

We Lose Our way



I was talking with a professor of foundations of education at a southern university recently and she made a comment that has been ringing in my ears. We were talking about a shift away from child centered curriculum in early childhood when she said, “We lose our way. We always lose our way.” In that simple comment she summed up many of my experiences recently.

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Renee Moore

December 2, 2013

Thankful for A Living Past and a Future Hope


…Sing a song, full of the faith that the dark past has taught us

Sing a song, full of the hope that the present has brought us

Facing the rising sun, of a new day begun

Let us march on ‘til victory is won.

…. From, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing, 1900 [The Black National Anthem]

 [Beautifully sung here by the group Acappella -]

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Ariel Sacks

November 30, 2013

3 Reasons Why I'm Slightly Obsessed With Twitter


I'm becoming slightly obsessed with Twitter. Friends on the Collab have long touted its benefits, and I signed up for Twitter account several years ago. But not until recently did I actually experience its power and value as a professional resource. Here are my top 3 reasons why:

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Renee Moore

November 21, 2013

A Real Mission Statement: Final Report on Year at Mission Hill


The Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA)  has issued a summary report of the amazing project A Year at Mission Hill

Year at Mission Hill is a ten-part video series that follows life inside the preK-8 school founded in 1997 by Deborah Meier that is part of the Coalistion of Essential Schools. As I said in comments that are quoted in the report, the series: 

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John Holland

November 11, 2013

TeacherPrep 2030: Preparation for Accomplished Practice


Last week, my students in my Foundations of Education class in Richmond, VA joined students in a teacher leadership club at Mount Holyoke in Massachusetts, to talk about global education with Noah Ziechner in Seattle, Washington.

Noah (pictured, at left) had just returned from Singapore where he and a group of teacher leaders met for the Global Cities Education Network (GCEN) symposium organized by the Asia Society.

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Lori Nazareno

November 4, 2013

A Call to Warriorship


I have become increasingly frustrated with the rancor and dissention that pervade discussions around education and so many other issues of our time. I believe that casting blame is a form of aggression.

In the field of education, many cast blame on teachers, unions, society, parents and anyone else that is connected to schools and children.

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Megan Allen

October 8, 2013

Top Tweets from #educationnation


Today a certain edu-geeky air blew through the skyscraper-lined streets of New York City as NBC kicked off their fourth year of Education Nation, a weeklong conversation around the state of education. I sat front row in a sea of hopetimistic teachers, smartphone in hand...

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Megan Allen

September 30, 2013

Where does teacher leadership begin?


Can we build leadership capacity in our teachers…before they step into their first classroom? I think it is possible, and that feeling is growing stronger every day. Here’s a bit of my thinking and informal research on the subject.

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