New Tricks for Old Dogs: What Novice Teachers Offer

With 44% of teachers quitting within the first five years of entering the profession, it is statistically likely you know a teacher like me: one who has yet to cross the five-year threshold. I am almost there, approaching my fifth year, but have yet to earn esteem as a “veteran teacher” among my colleagues. Rightfully [...]

What Teacher Choice in PD Should Look Like

We all know how it feels to attend a half-hearted PD session we don’t think will be useful in our classrooms. Maybe it’s the content that feels irrelevant or the structure of the session. Whatever the cause, teachers are tired of attending PD that doesn’t fit our personal needs or the needs of our school [...]

Activists Are Needed in Education

The year: 1980 Activists in education are needed now more than ever. I was thirteen years old when I saw this coming. A smug ex-actor with Brylcreemed hair dropped a condescending line in a presidential debate. That isn't a big deal by itself, especially when you consider how low the presidential decency bar currently is. [...]

It’s time to talk about the culture of fear around standardized testing

The temperatures are warming. The skies are bright. The birds are chirping. Spring fever is in full effect, and everyone is awaiting summertime! Unfortunately for educators and students, there is a huge hump to get over...standardized testing. End of the year assessments are looming over us. It seems like the entire school year comes down [...]

OPINION: What if Betsy DeVos is not wrong about everything? The case for more choices in K-12 education.

The U.S. Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, and I do not see the world the same way.  She is interested in privatizing education to support an agenda where parents can use public monies to attend private (mostly religious, mostly Christian) schools.  DeVos and her allies have supported charter schools, which have diverted much-needed resources from public [...]