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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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Renee Moore

March 9, 2007

Value added or multiplied?

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Soon, our first TeacherSolutions group here at TLN will release a report on our study of performance pay for teachers. We looked at the history of this issue, the many failures along the way, the objections, the rationales, and most important, the benefits (if any) for students and teachers. One reason the performance- or merit-pay issue has been revived recently is the proliferation of standardized testing in K-12.

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Renee Moore

February 14, 2007

Soul searching

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This month, many students will learn about the Underground Railroad and its heroic participants. What they might not learn is what happened to those slaves whofollowed the North Star. Many reached Canada, built new lives, and established thriving communities. My mother was born in such a town in southwestern Ontario. Now called North Buxton, it was originally Elgin Settlement: The Community That Hope Built. What the former slaves built first were homes, churches, and schools.

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Renee Moore

January 21, 2007

"Nowhere to run to, baby... nowhere to hide"

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You have to understand, I was a 60’s Motown teenager, and becoming a teacher was nowhere in my life plans. For about 12 years, I freelanced locally. I also held several day jobs including: auto factory worker, bank file clerk, hospital emergency room clerk, and secretary. Along the way, I found time for marriage, children, and activism.

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Renee Moore

January 21, 2007

Parent involvement: Be careful what you wish for

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I love those TV home design shows. You know, the ones where an interior designer comes in and completely renovates somebody’s living room or kitchen (sometimes at no cost to the owner!).

These shows generally come in three types: The ones in which the work is done as a total surprise for the owner; ones on which the owner knows about the renovation, but is not present while it is being done; and the ones during which the owner is there every step of the way, often participating in the work, sometimes to the chagrin of the professionals.

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