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Jessica Cuthbertson

March 23, 2016

Deeper Learning For All


For too many teachers, deeper learning only happens on our own and outside of our schools. During the summers, on weekends, or after the final bell rings, we sign on to virtual learning communities of practice to engage with powerful networks of teachers thirsty for deeper learning. This is one of many reasons why the recently released report “Teacher Leadership and Deeper Learning” by Barnett Berry is so important.

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Adam Tilove

February 25, 2016

An open letter to school administrators


School administrators have a choice in how they see and treat teachers—and that choice profoundly affects how schools operate. If we see teachers as “those that can’t do,” then administrators will remain overwhelmed with responsibilities and teachers will continue to feel underutilized and under appreciated. But if we see teachers as highly intelligent, caring, committed professionals, our responsibilities can shift to inspiring, empowering, and assisting teachers as they “do” the critical work of helping to lead their schools. 


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William  Tolley

February 13, 2016

Semester Without Grades: An Early Report from the Field


This past August I seized the opportunity be an early adopter (read: guinea pig) by requesting that my principal let me pilot a transitional gradeless classroom (our goal is to be a fully standards-based high school within 3-5 years). Six months later, I am emerging from the initial messiness of the process (that stage of cleaning your room when you’ve got your junk in piles all over the place, and can now start folding and filling drawers) so I thought I might share a few reflections in the moment.

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Jessica Cuthbertson

November 9, 2015

Lights, Camera, Action, Reflection: Using Video to Transform Your Teaching


Want to take your practice and PLC to the next level? Swallow your fears, get over that initial dismay when you hear how your voice really sounds to your students, and let the camera roll.


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Ben Owens

October 16, 2015

Channeling Your Inner Teacher Leader


America’s educational system is broken. If you are like me, that’s a common refrain you hear when discussing our profession with people outside the educational community. And while there are reports, statistics, and anecdotes that give this disparaging view some credence, most of us within the education community know that it is a gross oversimplification.


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