Category Archives: Education

Career AND/OR College Ready Graduates

Like many educators and bureaucrats across the country, I’ve been watching with interest the proposed changes in the Reauthorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) at the federal level. One of the five priorities focuses on graduating students … Continue reading

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When College Becomes a One-Way Ticket to Nowhere.

High school graduations are now in our rear-view mirrors and all over this great country, countless recent graduates are preparing to enter their freshman year in college in the fall. However, I fear for many of them, they are preparing … Continue reading

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The Secret is Out

It’s no secret. The single most important factor impacting student learning is the classroom teacher. In fact, I’ve said, I’d take a highly effective teacher in a classroom with 30 kids over 2 classes of 15 with average teachers, any … Continue reading

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Creativity–Chapter 2

In a previous post titled, “The most valuable commodity in the 21st Century,” I addressed the need for schools to foster and not kill creativity. Since writing that post, a colleague shared an interesting article, titled “What Chief Executives Really … Continue reading

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Schools out for the summer–Has all learning stopped?

Summer’s arrival is bittersweet. On the one hand, kids are looking forward to the break and if truth be told, so are many teachers. However, for teachers it also arrives with the fear that some kids will spend their summers … Continue reading

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Professional Development–If Not a Workshop, then What?

As school budgets continue to contract, districts find themselves faced with the unenviable task of deciding what cuts can be made. To the credit of district leaders and school boards, many are prioritizing their decisions based on cuts that will … Continue reading

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Are we asking the wrong questions?

Like many educators I’m on several listserves. In fact, I often find myself on information overload, and was just discussing with a colleague this morning, that I generally survey everything that comes to my inbox (assuming it’s not spam of … Continue reading

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