November 21, 20161 comment
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November 21, 201614 comments
Over the last several months I have had the pleasure of working with eleven graduate students at the University of Kansas. Together we explored how to develop and sustain high quality professional learning communities. It has been a rewarding experience that has included rich dialogue, research, writing, and virtual collaboration. Over the next several weeks three guest posts will be featured in this space chronicling what we have learned and discussed. We hope you will join the conversation by sharing your own ideas in the comments or via social media using #CTQCollab.
November 20, 20162 comments
One of the most interesting conversations currently taking place around Donald Trump's surprise victory in our Presidential election has been the role that fake news peddled and promoted in Facebook news streams may have played in swaying voters.
November 15, 20164 comments
When students fail on an assessment, you may be disappointed, but then what do you do? That's the entire driving philosophy of competency education and standards-based grading: 1. What do we want students to know? 2. How will we know if they know it? 3. What will we do if they don't ?
November 11, 20165 comments
It's been difficult for me these last two months, and I haven't been posting much. At first, I thought perhaps it was just the difficulty of an election year, which bombards us with so much information that it is difficult to sort. On reflection, though, I realized I was struggling with a bout of frustration and anxiety regarding school. A teacher leader I met via Twitter years ago has been there for me, and reminded me that there are things I cannot fix immediately.
November 3, 201616 comments
I made a HUGE mistake today.
After checking out this Washington Times article about an elementary school in New York that cancelled its mock election because students were showing open disrespect towards one another based on nothing more than the political party that they "supported," I read through the comment section.
October 31, 20160 comments
by Julie Hiltz
Lower tax revenues and increasing student enrollment is forcing some tough decisions about all kinds of expenditures in my school district lately, including teachers. Our superintendent, Jeff Eakins, has said repeatedly that the priority is “putting students first” and ensuring “we have our very best teachers in front of our students. I agree and I’m with him so far. Tough times require tough decisions, but the needs of students should always come first.
October 29, 20163 comments
One of the central themes rolling through my mind over the last few years has been the difference between learning and schooling. The simple truth is that they AREN'T the same thing. Learning, I think, depends on agency. It happens when WE own the answers to the five questions that drive every experience:
October 23, 20164 comments
by Julie Hiltz
I spent three days in Orlando last week at the Florida media specialist professional conference, Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). Being the only person in my position at my school, and having limited access to other media specialists in my district throughout the year, the collegiality and collaboration time I get at this event every year is immeasurable.
October 22, 20162 comments
I've got a confession to make: I have spent the past four months consumed by the upcoming presidential election.