Thoughts from the land of (dis)enchantment

I’m a teacher in New Mexico, a state that is distinguished by its low ranking at the bottom of all published qualitative measures for education and…


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Student betrayal, job abandonment, and Anyone Can Teach

Remember when our greatest stress was the shortage of substitutes? How we would wring our hands as we tried to manage empty classrooms during a…


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Prevent teacher shortages from robbing students of color

Pause your day. Take some deep breaths if it helps. Envision the teacher who changed your life. How did their classroom feel? What did their…


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(Un)certified struggle

  No school could be run completely by uncertified teachers, but uncertified teachers are becoming commonplace in a lot of classrooms across our…


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What kind of teacher shortage do we face?

Imagine a field hospital in a battle zone staffed entirely by cooks, engineers, and mechanics. The cooks wear stethoscopes, the engineers take…


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Let's begin at the beginning

Let’s begin with the premise that teaching is hard work, and that good teaching is even harder.  Bad teachers work hard, but fail through a deadly…


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Collective leadership and the future of public education: Hopes for 2018

I see good things in education and teacher leadership for 2018. There are many reasons to believe I may be a bit naïve: a foreign policy world in…


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Not a mystery: How to permanently end the teacher shortage

This roundtable synthesis explores five ways to end the teacher shortage and a wealth of links to research, including other compelling posts in this…


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Want to increase teacher retention? Redesign induction to focus on new teachers’ needs

How can districts redesign induction programs to support teacher retention? In this post, roundtable blogger Brian Curtin shares how he proactively…


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Changing the conversation: Too smart NOT to teach

What action steps are needed to change the conversation about teaching? In this guest post Roz Byrne looks at examples from global leaders on how to…


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