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School = Jail: Sending the Wrong Message to Black Students

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Whatever the teachers’ intentions, their visual message had to be disturbing to many of their Black and Hispanic students. Is this school or jail?

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The Writing Wall: 3 Lessons About Not Giving Up!

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I still had many ideas for posts. I collected them in a list on my phone.  I composed pieces of them in my head while doing other things. The problem was that I utterly lacked the will to do the work of writing them. What was going on?! More generally, how should we respond to “the writing wall” when it presents itself? And what can we learn from these situations?   

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Cultivate a Calling

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Despite what you may think, teacher leaders are prepared to take their rightful place in decisions that impact teaching and learning. All it will take is some cultivating and digging.

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Paul Barnwell

September 16, 2014

Is Teacher Learning an Overlooked Component of PLCs?

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Following up on Bill Ferriter's post on supporting Professional Learning Communities, I offer up a challenge for teachers and administrators to ask themselves five questions about how embedded collaborative time for teachers is utilized in schools. Doing our jobs well is so intellectually demanding, yet I often find myself engaging in valuable collaboration and learning outside of school hours. How about you?

Should PLC structures encourage not only student learning, but teacher curiosity and intellectual growth as well?

This post originally appeared on SmartBlog on Education, and it was also shared via ASCD Smartbrief on Monday, September 15th.

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Bill Ferriter

September 16, 2014

The First Step to Supporting Professional Learning Teams

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An interesting question landed in my inbox the other day.

The author -- charged with supporting principals in a district working to make meaningful collaboration happen in every grade level and in every school -- asked, "What is the biggest mistake that you see the principals of professional learning communities making over and over again?"

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Deidra Gammill

September 16, 2014

The 3 P's

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The 3 R's continue to be a staple in education, but I think it’s time to update and add the 3 P's – positive, proactive, & professional. Will we change the mind of every naysayer and fear monger? It’s doubtful. But we can change our own mindset and how we respond to the negative press and ridiculous allegations.

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