November 21, 2016
by Barnett Berry
Over the last several months I have had the pleasure of working with eleven graduate students at the University of Kansas. Together we explored how to develop and sustain high quality professional learning communities. It has been a rewarding experience that has included rich dialogue, research, writing, and virtual collaboration. Over the next several weeks three guest posts will be featured in this space chronicling what we have learned and discussed. We hope you will join the conversation by sharing your own ideas in the comments or via social media using #CTQCollab.
January 6, 2017
by Lori Nazareno
Teacher-Powered Schools Blogging Roundtable
Over the next several weeks bloggers will be sharing their thoughts and experiences with teacher-powered schools. This first post explores how the teacher-powered model can be used as a lever for equity.
November 11, 2016
by Marcia Powell
It's been difficult for me these last two months, and I haven't been posting much. At first, I thought perhaps it was just the difficulty of an election year, which bombards us with so much information that it is difficult to sort. On reflection, though, I realized I was struggling with a bout of frustration and anxiety regarding school. A teacher leader I met via Twitter years ago has been there for me, and reminded me that there are things I cannot fix immediately.
October 31, 2016
by Julie Hiltz
Lower tax revenues and increasing student enrollment is forcing some tough decisions about all kinds of expenditures in my school district lately, including teachers. Our superintendent, Jeff Eakins, has said repeatedly that the priority is “putting students first” and ensuring “we have our very best teachers in front of our students. I agree and I’m with him so far. Tough times require tough decisions, but the needs of students should always come first.
October 5, 2016
by Sandy Merz
Did Arizona hire the discredited architects of Healthnet.gov to design our Statewide Student Information System? It seems like it.
September 30, 2016
by Jessica Cuthbertson
One of my teacher friends recently transferred schools. She is teaching the same developmental age group, the same content area, in the same district, at a school less than ten minutes from her previous school.
But that is where the similarities end. These two schools, in reality, are worlds apart.
September 10, 2016
by Bill Ferriter
Last week, I made the argument that North Carolina's decision to assign letter grades to individual schools based on nothing more than test scores on final exams was a for
September 3, 2016
by Bill Ferriter
All y'all that know me have probably figured out that I find it hard to hide my disdain for North Carolina's hard-right legislature.
August 14, 2016
by Noah Klein
Over the next month, teachers will be taking part in a social justice roundtable discussion in the CTQ Collaboratory and on Twitter with #CTQCollab.
August 12, 2016
by Renee Moore
August 2016: As new school year opens, I'm re-posting this story from 2011 of a still too common scenario about how we often lose the very teachers we claim we need most, with a postscript.