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Kristoffer Kohl

February 3, 2017

Are micro-credentials the next iPhone?

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Teachers have been earning credits and credentials for generations, so the claim that new micro-credentials will change professional development is likely to be met with some skepticism. But as I write for Education Week's 'On California' blog, they may be the next big thing.

Education Week: Are micro-credentials the next iPhone?

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Kristoffer Kohl

February 3, 2017

We know what to do about teacher shortages

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A new Learning Policy Institute Report tells us what we knew along. In a piece authored for Education Week's 'On California' blog, I write how supporting teachers and making their jobs decent will solve both the teacher shortage and teacher quality problems.

Education Week: We know what to do about teacher shortages

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Barnett Berry

December 10, 2016

Three ways to take novice teachers from tentative to tenacious

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Self-efficacy is a critical component of teacher development. In this guest post, data scientist and KU graduate student J.J. DeSimone explores why self-efficacy is so important and provides two easy ways to increase the self-efficacy of novice teachers in your school. 

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Sandy Merz

June 4, 2016

The Only Class Rule You'll Ever Need

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Two and a half years ago, while reading Teach Like A Pirate by Dave Burgess, I made his one class rule: Don't Be Mean, my one class rule. In the more than 2000 class periods since then, I've had to call for administrative help with an unruly student exactly one time. As this year wound down, I asked students to name the best and worst things about the rule. Below are the most representative of their replies. 

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Sandy Merz

January 1, 2016

Category: Teacher Evaluation - 1987 or 2015?

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The jumping off point for this post is the game show Remote Control that premiered in 1987 as MTV's first non-music show. Contestants, sitting in recliners, would point their remotes at a TV and name a channel. The host would name a corresponding category and ask a question. My favorite category was Dead or Canadian? for which the contestant would identify someone obscure to MTV fans as belonging to someone dead (like Allen Dulles) or Canadian (like Leonard Cohen).

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Renee Moore

November 9, 2015

Is Professional Development for Teachers a Waste of Time (and Money)?

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For the next two weeks, bloggers here in the CTQ Collaboratory will explore the theme: How Do Teachers [Really] Learn? We invite you all to join us with your thoughts and questions here on the blogs or on social media at #Love2Learn.

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Sandy Merz

October 29, 2015

A Model for Crowdsourced Standardized Testing

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Could we build a standardized testing system from crowdsourced content and open-source technology?

The two goals of this idea - to create data that teachers can use to inform their instruction and that can aid in evaluating teachers and schools - are familiar. But in the idea I describe below, every element of the system remains close to the classroom, with ongoing community input, and allows for improvement and correction, all at a relatively low cost, mostly paid locally.

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