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Howling for literary arts: How I connected my students to authors

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In 2013, when I started my English teaching career at Deltona High School in Deltona, Florida, it didn’t surprise me that many of my students didn’t like to write. The vast majority of writing done in school—and thus, in students’ lives—is in an academic format such as essays with clear introductions, supporting paragraphs with cited evidence, and summary conclusions.

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How principals can support teacher leaders: Lessons from Glenn O. Swing Elementary School

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Ali Wright used to believe that the best thing for principals to do to support teacher leaders was to get out of their way. Now she thinks differently. In this guest post, Ali takes us behind the scenes at a school where shared leadership is achieving impressive results. 

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Lori Nazareno

February 10, 2017

Collaboration, Not Competition: Charter and District Teacher-Powered Schools Share a Common Purpose

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Teacher-Powered Schools Roundtable: TPSI Ambassadors Carrie Bakken and Julene Oxton share powerful lessons about their shared purpose and reflect on the 2017 Teacher-Powered Schools National Conference.

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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

Teacher networks: Here, there, and everywhere

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Hierarchies are not going away anytime soon. But the Internet facilitates network forms of organizing, and they are growing and increasing in power and influence. In a piece authored with Charles Taylor Kerchner of Claremont University, I detail the encouraging number of teacher networks in California and how they are transforming professional learning. 

Education Week: Teacher networks: Here, there, and everywhere

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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

February 2, 2017

Meet Ben Owens, blogging lead for the teacher-powered schools roundtable discussion

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As our first roundtable discussion reaches its halfway point, I wanted to take an opportunity to introduce the blogging lead, Ben Owens. Bringing the real world into the classroom is one of Ben’s priorities, as he believes students benefit most from project-based learning that encourages problem solving, collaboration, and innovative thinking. Similarly, he knows that teachers need to engage in problem-solving with their colleagues and to lead their own learning if they are going to create the conditions for their students to do the same. 

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