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Jan 13, 2016

Improvement science aligns education solutions to real problems

“When we identify a problem of practice, when we take the time to analyze why there is a problem in the first place, when we engage in a process where everyone feels like their voice has been heard, where everyone is engaged, this is where true change can take place.” — Design Team Member

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Educator Workforce
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
Nov 3, 2015

Choosing leadership and testing personal ability to make a difference

While I was a teacher, I had a principal who commended me on my job although I didn’t believe her at first. After hearing such positive feedback from my principal, I thought: If I’m making a difference with 30 kids, is it possible I could make a difference with 300 kids?

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Professional Development
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
Apr 3, 2015

Millenial leadership meet Baby Boomer traditions

Leaders can start by blending a style that acknowledges those Baby Boomers who are accustomed to a certain style leadership—task centered and reluctant to change—while grooming the landscape for an influx of new talent that isn’t attached to any form of leadership, but intrinsically want feedback, collaboration, and relevance.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Technology in Education
  • Equity and Diversity
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development

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