Working with library support staff

Note: This week I am on a “writing holiday” from my day job. I’m using the time to work on a revision of my 1997 book The Indispensable Librarian. (Personally, I think it is still just fine, but others

Collaboration Marks Evaluation Reform in Michigan District


Some critics of America’s public schools say teachers don’t want to be held accountable for the challenges of struggling schools. Not true. In fact, teachers demand to be held accountable and they’re the first to say, “The status quo must …

Twenty + years of working with advisory groups

Note: This week I am on a “writing holiday” from my day job. I’m using the time to work on a revision of my 1997 book The Indispensable Librarian. (Personally, I think it is still just fine, but others

How Family Involvement is Helping in Utah


If it hadn’t been for parental involvement at Glendale Middle School, a large group of girls would be failing gym class for one simple reason – they couldn’t wear the uniform.

Nearly a quarter of the student population at …

More Hungry Kids, Greater Need for School Meals


As partisan clashes in Congress continue to delay decisions on measures that would provide some relief for middle class and poor Americans, a growing number of families are relying on free and reduced-price meals to prevent their children from …

NEA’s Van Roekel Takes Heat for Commentary With TFA’s Kopp

National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel is taking a beating from some members for daring to pen an op-ed piece with Wendy Kopp, the president of Teach For America, in which they agree on some very (repeat, very!) …

Local Leaders Urge Community to Join High School Transformation Effort

Community partnership helps support Priority School with service learning philosophy in Arizona.…

Charters: Advocates Play Catch-Up On Accountability

Can charter schools' reputation be rescued before it's too late?  In a situation that seems like an eery preview of what will soon happen in online learning, charter advocates are now madly — belatedly — trying to play catch up …

Appreciation for Change

I often talk about change whether it be through this blog or during presentations to various education groups.  It is hard work to change cultures, systems, and perceptions that have been firmly entrenched for a long time.  The transformation taking …

House Republicans Likely to Write Own NCLB Bill

GOP lawmakers on the House education committee are likely to write a Republican-only version of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

U.S. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., the chairman of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, said …