With No-Grades Schools, Colleges Will Have to Fall In Line

As a school district administrator, I have the privilege of working with all of the teachers new to our schools during a weeklong program of induction and orientation. Monday, we treated this fabulous group of educators to lunch. As we headed back, the conversation turned to field trips. “Would you like to hear my field trip rule-​​​​of-​​​​thumb?” I asked the small […]

5 Principles for a Problem Solving Classroom

Districts across the United States are implementing the Common Core State Standards, and they are realigning curriculum for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Unfortunately, some of them are simply purchasing a shiny, new “Common Core Edition” of their existing textbook, most of which aren’t any more aligned to these standards than their pre-​​​​CCSS versions. Whatever you […]

Book Review: Digital Leadership

Everything is changing—society, the educational landscape, and learners—and it is time for educational leaders to embody a modern, progressive form of leadership. More often than not, the individuals trusted with leading change in the twenty-​​​​first century are the least knowledgable about the twenty-​​​​first century.… We can no longer sit back and watch our schools become less […]

Full Speed Ahead Down the Road to Nowhere

Part of my job as a curriculum supervisor involves doing professional development with teachers about curriculum and instruction in mathematics. With implementation of the Pennsylvania Core Standards (based on the Common Core State Standards) coming quickly, we are spending a great deal of time talking about the shifts that must happen in our classrooms to effectively implement […]

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