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Jul 29 2013

The unstructured days of summer

I jumped into my back to school planning by looking at the new Smarter Balanced practice tests. I don't necessarily agree with the emphasis put on testing but I know that my students will be judged on how they perform on tests. My summer test subject was my own daughter, soon to be in 4th grade. I had her test drive the 3rd grade math test to gauge her reaction. She said there were too many words that she didn't really know and the interface was fiddly and hard to maneuver.

  • Educator Workforce
Nov 4 2013

Staying Power: Securing the Gains in Education Reform

I hear often that there is conclusive evidence that teachers are the top “in-house” factor in student achievement, yet since I started following education policy in Oregon in the late 1970s, education reform has been focused on standards, content, assessment—pretty much everything BUT the quality of teaching in our public schools. So it is exciting to see in Oregon today a new focus on supporting and strengthening teaching in Oregon.

  • Teacher Preparation
  • Staffing
  • Educator Workforce
Apr 11 2014

A seagull inspires a philosophy of teaching

“There’s a reason to life,” muses Jon. “We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!”

  • Teacher Leadership
  • Student Success
  • Educator Workforce
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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