Tag: Teacher Evaluation

Bring Out the Game Film!

News, Policy and Practice

May 25th, 2012

A while back, I watched one of the sessions coach John Gruden conducted with then NFL quarterback prospect Andrew Luck in which they dissected game film and I got to thinking: Why don’t we do this as educators? For sports, this makes sense - we all know that football and basketball are games of inches where teams practice more than they play in...

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It’s Time to Follow the Doctor’s Orders: The Work of Atul Gawande

Policy and Practice

March 30th, 2012

As a graduate student, my education practicum professor highly recommended Atul Gawande’s work, highlighting its relevance to the reforms currently underway, particularly through Race to the Top. While initially skeptical, it was quickly apparent that my professor was on to something – and it looks like the education world is starting to see...

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Teachers Support Common Core and Other Reform Policies

Policy and Practice

March 21st, 2012

Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation released the 2012 “Primary Sources” report (PDF), an annual survey of teachers’ views on their profession.  I was particularly interested to see how my colleagues across the country viewed the ongoing implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  The report’s findings...

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The R-E-S-P-E-C-T Project

News, Policy and Practice

February 16th, 2012

Tucked away in President Obama’s $3.8 trillion federal budget was a $5 billion competitive grant program aimed at elevating the teaching profession to its rightful status - which could have significant and long-lasting effects on teacher quality throughout the United States. The fund, called the RESPECT Project (Recognizing Educational Success...

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