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The Protagonist

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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Kristoffer Kohl

March 5, 2014

And the World Educator of the Year award goes to...

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The World Affairs Council (WAC) presents their 2013 World Educator of the Year award to National Board Certified Teacher Noah Zeichner this evening at Town Hall Seattle. He will be honored alongside Mercy Corps founder Dan O’Neill, WAC’s World Citizen of the Year.

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Kristoffer Kohl

January 14, 2014

LA's Finest: A makeover for the profession?

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The iPad initiative grabs the headlines, but a much bigger story is unfolding in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) where efforts are being made to transform how teachers are recruited, developed, supported, and retained. 

As Howard Blume reported for the LA Times, district forecasts anticipate the hiring of more than 1,300 teachers next year. After four years of staff reductions and layoffs, this is the good news. 

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Kristoffer Kohl

December 19, 2013

My Best Education Reads of 2013

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’Tis the season for "best of 2013" lists. As an avid consumer of annual best-of lists, I selfishly created the retrospective of my preferred 2013 education reads in hopes that my colleagues on the Collaboratory would share theirs as well. Make a list, check it twice, and add your suggested reads to the comments section. 

Best of 2013

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Kristoffer Kohl

November 1, 2013

The 21st-Century Teacher: Educating a New Kind of Driver

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During a virtual meeting of the Global Cities Education Network, researchers from the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) shared strategies for 21st-century teacher preparation. Their ideas mirrored a comprehensive set of recommendations generated by 18 accomplished teachers earlier this year. Practitioners and academics agree on teacher preparation's destination. But how do we get there? We need a new type of transportation. And we need to trust the expert drivers in our midst.

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