Recently, I was honored to present to 350 Utah education support professionals (classified school staff) on bullying prevention. These workers truly are the eyes and ears of the school, but unfortunately are considered the “Rodney Dangerfields” of our schools because “They Don’t Get No Respect.” It is clear from a...
Collaboration is critical to ensure students are prepared for life after their K-12 education ends, regardless of whether they take part in professional training programs, the military, go on to community college or enter a four-year college or university. This work begins, of course, at the school level, but widespread...
You have no doubt heard that Congress passed—and the President signed into law—the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is the first iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), currently known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB) to reach the President’s desk since December 2001. ESSA represents a...
How do effective teachers create teachable moments in diverse 21st Century classrooms? Learning to read, write, speak, listen, and count were nice goals for a time that has passed. No more. Today, the most effective teachers link these basics to a bigger goal necessary for this and future generations. That...
I am an American mongrel. I have no clue when anyone in my family arrived in the United States. Given my blonde hair, pale skin, and blue eyes, I have long assumed that my roots lie in northern Europe. But I really don’t know. One family history assembled by my...
President Obama today signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), bringing in a new era of state and local responsibility and bringing significant changes to the federal role in K-12 education. This legislation is the latest iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the main federal K-12 education...
Matthew Miller, professor at the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University; Jessica Cohen, associate professor of mathematics education at Western Washington University; and Charisse Berner, Director of Teaching and Learning for the Bellingham Public Schools in Bellingham, Washington share how their professional development partnership has helped teachers effectively...
It’s sad but true: In October, a veteran teacher in Florida resigned because the conditions under which she was required to work did not support best practice. Despite her love of teaching and her “highly effective” ratings in evaluations, Wendy Bradshaw was trapped in an untenable position because she was...
As I contemplate leaving the executive director position at the Learning First Alliance (LFA) after five years, I am reminded that while certainly public education has improved for many of American’s children over those years, the pace of change and improvement is slow and not nearly where we collectively and...
Tests. Homework. Sports. Volunteering. School clubs. A social life. Family interactions. What do all these things have in common? They are potential sources of stress for students, especially for older ones. Even if the activity is something that a student loves, it can still cause stress. Is there enough time...