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Eliminating Teacher Tenure Versus Improving Teacher Hiring: Why Improving Teacher Hiring Is a Better Bet The recent Vergara v. California case has brought the issue of “grossly ineffective” teachers into the national spotlight. While there certainly are valid points on both sides of this case, the court case does illustrate a fundamental point . . . Namely, the notion that better teachers get better outcomes for students and so improving teacher quality is one critical way to improve schools.
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Why Meetings Matter Every day, millions of people gather in classrooms, faculty rooms, boardrooms, and (sometimes virtual) conference rooms to tackle problems that are so big that no individual can solve them alone. How to prepare students to thrive in a knowledge economy and rapidly developing world, how to support teachers in transforming their practice, how to create policy that drives opportunity and access for every learner—addressing each of these would truly make a big difference in learning and teaching. But although some of the meetings that could take on these issues are stimulating opportunities for generating ideas and creating solutions, many are not.
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Leaders Should Be Learners, Not Experts “Needs improvement” is a warning sign signaling that desperate measures may be needed to achieve proficiency. This is the world in which contemporary school reform is taking place.
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Pedagogy Beyond the White Gaze During a long conversation last winter, Django Paris and H. Samy Alim looked to nuance and extend the emerging concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP).
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A Different Olympic Quest The Sochi Olympics brought us transcendent moments of speed, grace, and power--and the opportunity to wonder: how did they get so good?
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Using the Arts to Turn Schools Around: Evidence builds in favor of integrating arts for positive outcomes Ask students and parents how the arts are seen in their schools, and many will say that they are treated as add-on enrichment programs. But a new national initiative is betting that a full embrace of the arts can be an effective core turnaround strategy for schools with low achievement.
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The Role of Resource Reform in Improvement and Innovation Part of why classrooms look the same as they did more than fifty years ago is the tendency to cling to traditional instructional delivery methods and arrangements.
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Remembering Mandela in a New Demographic Era The death of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, reignited the personal relationship Stella M. Flores has had with South Africa for decades.
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Can We Foster School Integration in Our Changing Suburban Communities? America's suburbs are in the middle of a profound racial/ethnic and socioeconomic transformation.
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The Limits and Dangers of McIntosh’s Ideas About White Privilege Recently, a new member, Sam Tanner, joined our collective. Sam is a high school drama teacher and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota.
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