k-12 Administrators

Teacher Evaluations—Where Are We Now?

Teacher Evaluations—Where Are We Now?

  So, a teacher a school administrator and a politician walk into a… You mean you haven’t heard the educational “concept” sweeping this nation? Teacher evaluations have taken on a life of their own over the last few years. Education leaders examined teacher evaluation systems as officials and advocates gathered at the Education Commission of(…)

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Teacher Evaluation Reform Making You Blurry?

Summer break! A time of relaxation…a time of reflection…ahhhhh Whoops I’m not a kid anymore! Summer break is actually a misnomer in the education world as countless professionals prepare for another wave of updates, mandates and “oh my” days. Yes, U.S. education often has a whimsical view of itself  as a slow, methodical and thoughtful(…)

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Online K-12 Education Virtually Indispensable?

Online education has been gaining steam recently thanks, in large part, to innovators like Salman Kahn and the Kahn Academy. Kahn’s recent presentation for TED was brought on or “sponsored” by non other than Mr. Gates himself. Should we be paying more attention as a result of Gates’ love of online education? Collectively, most of(…)

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Online Learning Creates Opportunities and Skeptics

Many stories have been hitting the Twitter wire these days about the pros and cons of online learning. Those from traditional education environments often struggle to see the value in “detached classrooms.” Those in charge of education budgets see an avenue to offset budget shortfalls while continuing to deliver required curriculum. The online world sees(…)

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State Budgets Clash with Education Initiatives

As I dart through the world of Twitter these days, I am often perplexed by the frenetic nature of our education system. Everywhere we turn somebody has “the” solution or mandate that will change a state, system and eventually student outcomes. Often costly, these “fixes” are thrust into the national discussion without adequate review and/or(…)

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Principals Work to Support their Teachers

The life of a k12 principal has gotten more convoluted in recent years. Tightening budgets, accountability measures from the federal and state levels and growing concern from the teacher base over collective bargaining and evaluations linked to pay has effectively hamstrung school leadership. News in recent days about cost cutting measures displacing assistant and school-wide(…)

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