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Barnett Berry

April 27, 2015

Greece School District: What happens when administrators and teachers lead together

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If you’re looking for an authentic and bold brand of teacher leadership in America, look no further than Greece, New York. Greece School District's visionary collaborative model of leadership for teachers and administrators is one that I hope many other districts will follow in the years to come.

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Barnett Berry

April 14, 2015

Digging Deeper into Singaporean Teacher Development: 5 Lessons for U.S. Policy Leaders

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Much has also been written on Singapore’s systematic approach to teacher development. However, a few facts about teaching in Singapore are in order—especially as U.S. policy leaders are finally awakening to the idea of teacher leadership.

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Barnett Berry

March 9, 2015

Effective teachers for all classrooms? It's time for teacherpreneurs.

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I will be speaking at the Global Education & Skills Forum in Dubai on March 15-16, 2015, when the Varkey Foundation will be awarding its $1 million Global Teacher Prize to a leading K-12 practitioner. This blog post offers an introduction to some of the ideas I'll contribute during #GESF.  

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Barnett Berry

December 11, 2014

If teachers know best about professional learning… let's follow their lead.

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The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) selected an apt title for its study of American professional development released on Tuesday: “Teachers Know Best.”

BCG’s study, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, investigates the contours of our nation’s dysfunctional approach to teacher learning (and, by extension, leadership). In my last blog post, I described the woeful state of professional development in the United States. The study’s results—based on extensive educator surveys and financial analysis of expenditures—support that sordid narrative.

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Barnett Berry

August 21, 2014

Is doing less harm enough for Duncan?

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​Earlier today Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced a slight—yet potentially significant—shift in his stance on teacher evaluation. Duncan extended an offer of flexibility to states, a one-year delay in implementing evaluation systems that would tie teacher performance to test results.

This is a good thing. And it could be the beginning of a great thing.

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