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Barnett Berry

January 15, 2013

Weighing and weighting the evidence: the Measures of Effective Teaching project

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The politics of teaching policy continues to produce contentiousness among reformers and researchers as well as administrators, union leaders, and practicing teachers themselves. In response, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation invested three years and $45 million in painstaking efforts to find the holy grail of teacher evaluation.

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Barnett Berry

December 17, 2012

The selfless heroism of teachers

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I read Jon Katz this weekend and what he had to say about “the awful news from Sandy Hook.” He wrote, “There was nothing for me to say, always a strange place for a writer. Some things are beyond words, even though we are awash in them. Sometimes, silence is a powerful statement.”
 
But I have to say something.
 

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Barnett Berry

October 29, 2012

Finnish education in 5 election memes

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Kristoffer Kohl, the author of this guest post, is a former classroom teacher and current CTQ staff member. This week, he's traveling in Finland, along with CTQ teacher leader Dave Orphal, who's been reflecting on the trip on his own transformED blog.

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Barnett Berry

October 9, 2012

Talking about global education in Bangkok

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Today, I'm slated to be speaking at EDUCA 2012: The Annual Congress for Teacher Professional Development, which is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand. I'm representing the United States in a global forum on "teachers as learners."  My presentation will be under way in a few hours, and I've just learned that it will be available to watch live.

If you're interested in watching the presentation, visit CTQ's USTREAM channel to watch live (at midnight EST or 9 p.m. PST), or to view the recording afterward.

In the meantime, below is the precis of my presentation:

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Barnett Berry

September 26, 2012

Governor Walker does a 180 on unions

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I couldn't help but smile when I read this morning about the support that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is giving to union workers. Governor Walker, through his politics and policies, has sought to dismantle teachers' unions (as well as those that represent nurses) in his home state. Now, he's doing a 180 of sorts in his call for the return of unionized—and currently locked out—NFL referees. 

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Barnett Berry

September 17, 2012

Teacherpreneurs: the direction forward

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In our book TEACHING 2030, I proposed, along with 12 of my teacher colleagues, that our nation would need 600,000 teacherpreneurs to advance the public school system that students deserve. I hold a relentless belief that a high quality, 21st-century system of public education, designed for all students to achieve at high levels, must be driven by the bold ideas and expert practices of teachers.
 

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Barnett Berry

April 2, 2012

A good laugh—a sigh—and a revolutionary suggestion

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The Good Laugh

Did you catch Matthew Di Carlo’s perfect April Fools’ Day piece on “Measuring Journalist Quality”? Observing that journalists have been leading the way in “outing” teachers based on unreliable value-added measures (VAMs), Di Carlo flips the picture. What if journalists were measured by similarly unstable “reader-added models” (RAMs)?

The Sigh

Like all fine satire, Di Carlo’s piece carries serious heft.  

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