Black Education Matters

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Black lives matter. Brown lives matter. All colors, all races, all religions and all ethnicities—their, our, all of our lives matter. In the United States, however, it is hard to make that argument when so many protestors feel that success … Continued

Serious Creativity

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There, climbing on the center island in my kitchen, is my 18-month old grandson. The lower rack on the island is full of wine bottles and he is stepping on those in order to get up. He has to step … Continued

Mapping Student Learning

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Emerging Performance Assessment Performance assessments have emerged as a school reform strategy because they collect better evidence of student learning and because they help guide teachers and students to more rigorous work. Standardized tests will still have a place when … Continued

Effective Professional Development

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Today’s blog is about a literature review for the characteristics of effective professional development as researched by the The Learning Policy Institute. But I want to make sure that we also consider a topic that teachers need meaningful discussion around: … Continued

Measuring Learning Loss

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In this new world of online learning, what evidence do we have of student learning? Teachers have heroically transitioned to online learning, produced curriculum, assigned homework, collected student writing and graded it. We do not have a full accounting of … Continued

The Carving Station

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As I was walking the dog yesterday in Florida I passed by a buffet restaurant called the Carving Station. The owner was outside cleaning up the sidewalk and I stopped to listen to him talk. He had a very simple … Continued

A Better Education System

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On April 9, 2020, the New York TImes published an editorial titled: “The America We Need.” The Editors pointed to an America that still has wide disparity between the haves and the have-nots. In education for example, they noted, “in … Continued