Why Don't Those Teachers Own Their Profession Already?

Hypothetically speaking, let's say a subset of all teachers decided to go against their district's wishes, teaching their curriculum according to a…


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It's about time

I leave school everyday feeling like a failure.  Sure, I need grit.  That, or a martini. My teaching skills rock.  Ten-thousand hours?  I’ve logged…


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Don't Start From Scratch on Dual Enrollment

This is cross-posted from my response on National Journal.com/Education Insiders to questions about expanding dual enrollment programs. Today’s…


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Teachers! Leave Those Kids Alone.

When most of us were children, we had a lot of unsupervised time to explore. Sometimes we got lost. Sometimes we got hurt. We faced bullies, cranky…


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On unions and the future of the teaching profession

I’m no blame-the-unions pundit. After all, management—not unions—have imposed many of the rules that stifle creative (heck, even just sensible)…


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The education riddle we must solve now

Riddle me this: What is plentiful in schools but rarely utilized? What matters a great deal for children—yet carries little weight for policymakers?…


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Will Arne Duncan leave a legacy of teacher leadership?

I was delighted when USDOE Secretary Arne Duncan used the very language I’ve so often employed—of leading without leaving the classroom—to announce a…


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Guest Blog: This is What I Am

This week, I'm proud to have one of my great colleagues and friends, David Bosso, as a guest blogger. David has been researching the impact of…


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Who Gets To Write Fiction? A Response to Walter Dean Myers & Chris Myers

This morning I was among many Americans who read word for word, side by side, the beautiful and searing pieces by two of my lit-heroes, author Walter…


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9 Takeaways of an NBCT from the Teaching and Learning 2014 Conference

Nine years ago, I attended the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards conference in Washington, D.C. It was the most important thing I…


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