Tag Archives: Teacher
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@NYTimes’s Journalistic “Issue” vs. Journalistic “Integrity”

The NYTimes recently published a piece on teacher evaluation. I submitted the following comment (which they did not post) to the online forum: I searched through NYTimes’ archive of medical / law / finance / congressional / military reform articles looking for pieces that fail to quote a doctor / lawyer / banker / policy-maker / […]

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Leadership Qualities Teachers Want in a Principal

Every year in the United States, an estimated 500,000 teachers leave their schools, with only 16% of the departures the result of retirement. The bulk of teachers leave for a variety of other reasons, including whether or not they perceive their school’s leadership to be effective. Without strong leadership, it is much easier for good […]

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Teddy Bears Can Be Action Figures

Marquin Parks shares the story of learning that a former student has decided to follow in his footsteps and become a teacher.

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Who Evaluates Teachers, and Why?

Over at EdWeek, Stephen Sawchuk recently wrote an article about teacher evaluation and assessment, titled Wanted: Ways to Assess the Majority of Teachers.  The article provides an informative look at various ways that teachers, their unions, administrators and districts can join together to improve teacher evaluation.  Those of us at Accomplished California Teachers welcome any focus […]

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Spill Happens: Education Reform & the Gulf of Mexico

There are a number of things we could arguably learn from the on-going Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico: These things are NOT fail safe. We should get off oil. MMS’s regulators are too lax. BP took too many chances. Corporations are to blame. Lobbyists are to blame. Politicians are to blame. We are […]

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Emerging Trend: Teachers as Advocates

(This piece was originally published at Cooperative Catalyst.) I keep waiting on the invitation: Who: Teachers What: Education Reform Policy Party Where: Wonk Circles All Over When: NOW! Why: We want YOU to help envision & shape the next generation of schools. The paradox, of course, is that as the reformation of education garners greater […]

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What Makes a Master Teacher?

This post was originally written by myself, George Couros, on my blog, “The Principal of Change”, on April 24, 2010.  I am honored to have been asked to cross-post this to the Ecology of Education blog.  Hope you enjoy it! The term “master teacher” seems to get thrown around a lot, but is something that […]

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In Teaching, Impact Matters

1986.  That was a big year for me.  I was 12, in sixth grade, liked Garfield, Opus the Penguin, was “going” with a boy named Kevin, liked Zingers and Corn-nuts, loved my class and my friends, and had suffered a pointed moment of tween angst when my mom made me wear a training bra to […]

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The Multi-Dimensional Job of Teaching

Today, a guest repost from Trudy Norton, from her site Mrs. Norton’s Blog. She wrote this insightful piece about a day/life of a public school teacher in response to FL Senator John Thrasher’s comments following Crist’s veto of his bill, SB6.  However, this piece speaks to all teachers, be they Floridians, Texans, Iowans, or humans. Response to […]

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Leaving No Culture Behind

President Obama made his (potentially) landmark education address earlier this week: watch here. Many people agree (including Jay Mathews from the Washington Post) that Mr. Obama’s proposals offer something for everyone.  And they’re right.  His vision pulls together seemingly disparate ideas, ideals, and ideologies into a sweeping reform that could forever alter the landscape of our […]

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