David Menasche and The Priority List

David Menasche , author of  The Priority List: A Teacher’s Final Quest to Discover Life’s Greatest Lessons, didn’t sit at home when he was diagnosed with brain cancer.  When he was no longer able to teach due to …

A Call for a Moratorium on Common Core

Portland Public School board member Steve Buel presented a resolution citing concerns with the implementation of Common Core $tate $tandards at Wednesday night’s meeting. He called for a three-year moratorium much to the chagrin of presiding member Pam Knowles, but …

Mailbox: Inbox Zero and email Productivity [An App of the Week Lesson Plan]

Email is a problem for so many of us. If I had been taught good habits early on, it could have avoided email overload and been more responsive many times when people needed a response. My students use gmail through …

Features of school cultures that embrace creativity

Does your school’s culture inhibit or encourage creativity in its students and employees? Often formed over dozens of years, the values, habits, and climates of school buildings are incredibly difficult to change. Culture outlasts teachers and administrators; lean and rich …

Making to Learn in Physics

Ms. Fleming recently hosted Mr. Fowler’s Conceptual Physics classes for some hands-on experiences with electronics in the Makerspace at New Milford HS.  Prior to their experience in this space, students had worked with the pHET DC Circuit Simulator. …

Kline Seeks to Make Special Education Funding a Priority

Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House education committee, said recently that he will be pouring new energy into a perennial priority: Bolstering funding for special education.

Baltimore: A New School Where "The Wire" Was Filmed

There's an amazing-looking new $43M school that's been built and opened in a blighted neighborhood in Baltimore, part of a massive urban renewal project funded in part by Johns Hopkins University and the Casey Foundation (and in partnership with Morgan …

The peripheral visionary

I was a peripheral visionary. I could see the future, but only way off to the side.
                                             

Join Global Education & Skills #GESF Live Stream as Education Leaders Around the World Talk about Using Technology and Creativity to Reach Every Child

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ve seen my posts with pics of gold plated bathrooms that juxtapose against the harsh reality of an Afgani woman who went to school on threat of death from the Taliban.

“Education …

Wash. State, Hobbled by Evaluation Woes, Otherwise Excels Under NCLB Waiver

Even as most other states struggle with the lowest-performing “priority” and “focus” schools, Washington is one of the few that’s meeting expectations in those areas.