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Dec 8 2014

Why teacher leadership is often seen, but not heard

I am disappointed that our Governor has not appointed a practicing classroom teacher to OEIB. This board is responsible for promulgation of critical “investment” decisions for education in Oregon. And yet no teacher leader is a member. 

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Quality Educators
  • State Teacher Organizations
  • Policy
Jan 15 2015

Common Core, non-fiction texts, and you

While much of the Common Core buzz has centered on mathematics, another change is the increased use of non-fiction texts. While many schools already made such increases before Common Core, there are now mandatory increases of using non-fiction texts, beginning at the kindergarten level.

  • Lesson Plans
  • English and Language Arts
  • Professional Learning
  • Quality Educators
Mar 23 2015

Being a teacher. Being a leader. Why can't we have both?

There are many components of extra duties and contributing factors that a teacher contributes to make a school successful. We just didn’t call it district leadership, or shared leadership, and they weren’t paid for it.

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Quality Educators
  • Professional Development
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
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

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