Kenneth Zeichner recently wrote an article for The Answer Sheet at the Washington Post detailing why the GRowing Excellent Achievement Training Academies (GREAT) Teachers and Principals Act, which is currently under discussion in Congress, is not so great. He notes that, if passed, this “would establish state-based competitive grant programs to create charter teacher and [...]
I am very happy to say that I spent my weekend occupying Wall Street. During this time, I had the amazing opportunity to speak with people who are not only angry, but hopeful. They are individuals who protest our country’s economic policies not out of hatred, but out of love for our country. They see [...]
The legacy ingrained in the collective history of our country is one of individual agency. In order to succeed in the U.S. you must “pull yourself up by the bootstraps” and succeed despite any odds set against you. We tend to view education as an equalizer, a means of succeeding in spite of circumstance. We’ve [...]
The “standards and accountability” education reform effort begun in the 1980s at the urging of leaders of business and industry, is failing. The reform message, powerfully reinforced by mainstream media, is simple:
1. America’s schools are, at best, mediocre.
2. Teachers and students deserve most of the blame.
3. As a corrective, rigorous subject-matter standards and tests must be put in place.
4. Market forces must be brought to bear to pressure teachers and students to work to those standards.
Major seismic shifts can transform educators, and by proxy, instruction. However, more often than not, it’s just the opposite. Here are 15 implementable small steps that lead to transformation.
In Michael Fullan’s session, Leadership for All, he looks closely at what practices lead to effective leadership in change. The main chunk of his talk looked at what he called, “Ready-Fire-Aim” dealing with 9 insights of leadership. 1. Relationships first (too fast/too slow): The art of change is hitting that sweet spot — don’t come in so [...]
In this TED Talk, Seth Godin shares his insights into Tribes, how they are created and why. Mixing compelling examples with insightful humor, he lays bare the changing (and yet unchanging) landscape of connecting with others through shared commonalities and uncommonalities. His urges us to unseat the status quo, follow our passions and, by proxy, [...]
On a recent field trip, neither my students nor I was at threat of being eaten alive by a t-rex. Why, despite ruling Earth for nearly 80 million years (even longer than Wall Street barons), are Cretaceous period animals not regularly chowing on our gizzards? Things change. Scientists have suspected this for some time. In [...]