I had the privilege of being on a webinar panel with Linda Darling Hammond, NEA President Dennis Van Roekel as they highlighted the recent report "For Each and Every Child: A Strategy for Education Equity and Excellence." You can find more about the report and hear the webinar over in the Collaboratory.
I just spent a glorious day at the Mississippi NBCT Summit on the campus of the University of Mississippi.
The highlight of the summit was a pinning ceremony for many of this year's Mississippi teachers who achieved Board Certification, which included a husband and wife team!
The summit also featured NBPTS President Ron Thorpe, as well as State Senator Gary Tollison, chair of the MS Senate Education Committee. I was part of a panel that responded to Thorpe's remarks and offered our own take on the future of teaching in Mississippi.
I've posted this entry over at EdWeek on the Teaching Ahead blog series about the current debate over whether schools should be preparing all students for college, or should some be prepared to go directly into the workplace, or to other training?
Across the country, parents, teachers, and students are beginning to pushback—hard—against the misuses and abuses of standardized testing in our educational system.
I’ve just returned from a meeting of the Board of Directors of the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and I am thrilled about where this important organization is headed.
I also feel the need to set straight some disparaging rumors about NBPTS and encourage people to look more closely at what is an important front in the education reform battle in this country.
Much of the discussion today around writing at the secondary and community college levels focuses around remediation or developmental writing (aka getting students ready for “college-level” writing). Never mind (for now) that there is much debate within higher education over what college-level writing actually is. Too many people, even within the teaching profession, equate good writing only with having technical proficiency in using grammar conventions.
The concept of charter schools is not a bad one, and I know there are some very good ones that have made a difference in the lives of children and communities. But let’s be clear: True school choice means I live in my chosen community, surrounded by great public schools and other educational options.
I am always amused by those who take the educational hierarchy seriously. If it weren't so sad, it would be quaint.
I've joined with some great education friends to encourage a broad grassroots defense of public education. The Network for Public Education hopes to build what fellow co-founder and NPE president Diane Ravitch describes as "a huge social network of parents, students, teachers, administrators, school board members, and all others who believe in public education and sane educational policy that focuses on a full and rich education for a