Shifting from me to we

I was losing my mojo in the classroom a few years ago. As a physical educator coming off my fourth knee surgery in six years with low back issues…


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The Little Big History of Diversity

As the debate regarding @therealroseanne was happening in real time, my middle school students were sharing their presentations on #LBH, or Little…


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The digital divide encompasses more than access

It has been ten years since my colleagues and I wrote TEACHING 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools Now and in the Future.…


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We can’t create what we can’t imagine

LOOKING BACK In 2009, our team of 12 outstanding classroom teachers and CTQ’s founder Barnett Berry debated the future of education among ourselves…


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Inspired by history: We need a new movement, stronger voices in education

Last week, I had the privilege of attending a small gathering of policy leaders, academics, and activists to reflect on the landmark Kerner…


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Starving the lions of the teaching profession

In New York City, the lion is one of our most prominent symbols. Over the course of human history, the lion has stood for royalty, strength, and…


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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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Politics in the public school

Disclaimer: This is not a post about politics – well, not just politics. Nor is this a post about teaching – well, not just teaching. This is the…


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Six reasons every teacher (and reformer) should see Inside Out

  I am not the type to see movies in the theater but I recently took our family out to see Inside Out for Father’s Day. I have always been a fan…


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Now there has to be an “us”

The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood’s dystopian society brought to devastating life on Hulu, elicits the jarring combination of awfulness and…


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