Note to #atplc nation: Norms really DO matter

Over the course of the last week, I've had two separate conversations with two different principals about the critically important role that clearly…


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Read this: two views of schools

As with so many other issues in America today, there is dichotomous debate over whether using competition and market forces will improve education,…


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A new year - a new schedule

Over the past few years, the only year that my school made AYP was the same year that we utilized a block schedule – where students meet with their…


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Reimagining school as we know it

Another innovative approach is also taking root in Colorado: the teacher-led school without a principal. With support from the Ford Foundation (which…


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Denver teachers propose reforms to teacher evaluations

Perhaps one of the most vitriolic divides in the educational reform debates of 2010/2011 is about teacher evaluations.  On one hand, some point to…


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Fixing our schools requires more than hiring smarter teachers and firing incompetent ones

As the film Waiting for Superman has reinvigorated efforts to fire incompetent teachers and hire smarter ones, some research paints a different…


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The challenges and successes of a PLC

An interesting email landed in my inbox yesterday.  Richard Carlander—of San Fernando High School—wrote: Mr. Ferriter: I attended the PLC event in…


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The wrongheaded quest for cheap and easy. . .

If you haven't had the chance to check out the comment section of my recent post on Barack Obama's thoughts regarding education and technology, then…


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Where your treasure is...

"...for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also"   (Matthew 6:21, NKJV). Add me to the list of people impressed by the work of…


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Guest blogger: The urgency of now

Note to Readers:  As a guy who has often been driven by challenging thoughts, some of my favorite readers are those who push against my thinking. In…


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