How Could Teachers Nurture More Effective School Leaders?

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“Teachers are already experienced leaders who could engender and nurture more effective leadership in their administrators.” – Nancy Flanagan


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We have all been party to conversations about the voice of the teacher in strategic school decisions, most notably those made by administrators: we all want our experience and insight to be valued, and our suggestions and concerns to be considered, in a collaborative professional community. As a teacher, I often felt — … READ MORE

What Does 'Greatness in Teaching' Mean to You?

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“As we all prepare to return to school this year, we find ourselves reflecting on our deepest commitments in, and to, this profession.”

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I’ll never forget the moment, sixteen years ago, when I slouched upon a bench outside the UCLA English department building, with a cup of coffee — in the 5th year of my PhD-related trauma, struggling with my ability to find language to represent the inability of writers to find … READ MORE

More Great Suggestions for Reading at Home with Your Child

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As families continue to support their children’s progress with regard to our “(Somewhat Self-Directed) Summer Reading Guidelines,” I thought I might supplement our “Reading Comprehension Strategies from Ms Lockhart’s 4th Grade Students” with these great tips from 3rd grade teacher Krystal Combs and her colleagues on “Reading at Home with Your Child.” Much of this information is attributed to Wedwick and Wutz, Bookmatch: How to Scaffold Student Book Selection for Independent READ MORE

More Great Suggestions for Reading at Home with Your Child

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As families continue to support their children’s progress with regard to our “(Somewhat Self-Directed) Summer Reading Guidelines,” I thought I might supplement our “Reading Comprehension Strategies from Ms Lockhart’s 4th Grade Students” with these great tips from 3rd grade teacher Krystal Combs and her colleagues on “Reading at Home with Your Child.” Much of this information is attributed to Wedwick and Wutz, Bookmatch: How to Scaffold Student Book Selection for Independent READ MORE

Shameless Promotion of My Parental Joy, and the Possibilities of Education to Change Young People’s Lives…

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From “A Letter to Upper Elementary Families” addressed to Curtis School families 


 

Dear Upper Elementary Families:

Can you believe another school year is just around the corner? Nobody is more surprised than I. Around this time each year, I start feeling the same way I have every single August since my childhood in school: my perspectives on family, friends, priorities, and time itself begin to shift with the intimations of the changing … READ MORE

Shameless Promotion of My Parental Joy, and the Possibilities of Education to Change Young People's Lives…

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From “A Letter to Upper Elementary Families” addressed to Curtis School families 


 

Dear Upper Elementary Families:

Can you believe another school year is just around the corner? Nobody is more surprised than I. Around this time each year, I start feeling the same way I have every single August since my childhood in school: my perspectives on family, friends, priorities, and time itself begin to shift with the intimations of the changing … READ MORE

Great News, Friends: The DoubleSpeak of #EdReform

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On “Won’t Back Down,” “Teachers Rock,” and a Dictionary of Edspeak


 

Earlier this week I was, admittedly, saddened to learn that my family’s rock-n-roll hero Dave Grohl would be participating in the Walmart and Walden Media-sponsored concert promoting “Won’t Back Down,” the latest rheeformy film to pluck the heartstrings of all of us who ‘care about children’ (i.e. just about anyone who has heartstrings left to pluck) to advance a corporate educational reform agenda. … READ MORE

Great News, Friends: The DoubleSpeak of #EdReform

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On “Won’t Back Down,” “Teachers Rock,” and a Dictionary of Edspeak


 

Earlier this week I was, admittedly, saddened to learn that my family’s rock-n-roll hero Dave Grohl would be participating in the Walmart and Walden Media-sponsored concert promoting “Won’t Back Down,” the latest rheeformy film to pluck the heartstrings of all of us who ‘care about children’ (i.e. just about anyone who has heartstrings left to pluck) to advance a corporate educational reform agenda. … READ MORE

What Do Students Smell? A Commitment to Student Engagement.

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Does a teacher’s subject-area ‘expertise’ have an impact on a student’s behavior?


 

Following her astute commentary on the credibility of two self-styled “graduate schools of education” on her blog (here and here), Diane Ravitch shared a teacher’s comment suggesting that “Without Content Mastery, the Teacher is a Goner.” Though I don’t intend personally to disrespect this reader, “a high school classroom teacher with over fifteen years of experience,” I found … READ MORE

Summer Professional Reading Recommendations for UE Faculty

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Dear Upper Elementary Colleagues:

Over the summer, as usual, many of us plan to read widely and deeply both to prepare for next year as a faculty, and pursue our individual professional goals. Many homeroom teachers plan to (re-)read key portions of Teaching for Comprehending & Fluency to inform classroom practice of guided reading in particular, and to (re-)view F&P materials from The Benchmark Assessment System in anticipation of preliminary reading assessments in the early … READ MORE