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May 14, 2015

Helping Educators Overcome "Initiative Fatigue"

As first appeared in Education Week March 23, 2015. Reprinted with permission from the author.

  I hear it everywhere I go: "initiative fatigue." The common-core standards are being implemented in more than 40 states, requiring significant shifts in instructional practice. At the same time, major teacher-evaluation reforms are taking hold. Too often, educators experience these changes as discordant at best, contradictory and confusing at worst.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Evaluation
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
  • Policy
May 6, 2015

"Running with scissors" and innovating teacher assessments

Back in Colorado, there was a school superintendent who described the boldness of their reforms by saying, “We run with scissors.” They take chances and go for the big things in Denver and as a result, they are at the leading edge by trying new and different things.

  • Evaluation
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
  • Policy
Feb 24, 2015

Annual statewide assessments matter

The debate around student testing continues to escalate. Nationally, Congress is considering removing annual assessments as a requirement for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In Oregon, bills to allow students to opt out of annual testing or removing statewide annual assessments all together are being introduced in the legislative session.

  • Statements
  • Evaluation
  • Policy
Apr 23, 2014

Sir Ken Robinson would be proud

"You cannot improve education by alienating the profession that carries it out." —Sir Ken Robinson

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Staffing
  • Evaluation
  • Educator Workforce

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