Tag: Administration and Management

Reform and the Teachers’ Unions

The New York Times commented recently on two tasks that are captivating state legislators and education officials: assessing teachers and speeding up disciplinary processes. Teachers are resisting. That doesn’t have to be.

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Principal: Teachers want to be valued participants in decision-making processes

In this op ed in the Montgomery Advertiser Gerald Shirley, Principal at School of Discovery in Selma, Alabama, describes the benefits of teacher run schools.

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Teacher-run schools in a unionized setting

A recent study of teacher-run schools describes those in Milwaukee—that are part of the Milwaukee Public Schools district, and where teachers belong to the local union.

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Why don’t bad schools close?

A new study finds that very few low-performing schools end up being shut down. There may be a different, more effective approach to closing chronically under performing schools: providing alternatives.

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Guest Post: Integrating iPod Touch in Essex

Felsted School, an independent day and boarding school in Essex, England, embarks of a two-year trial to integrate Apple technologies into the learning process. Concerned that technology is “often thought of as a panacea to what is essentially a teaching and learning problem,” in this guest post the assistant headmaster describes their process to begin thinking about ways technology could aid effective practice.

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Change school culture by altering the conditions in which they operate

Baltimore City Public Schools superintendent Andres Alonso has worked to change the culture of schools by altering the conditions in which they operate. In this case, by affording more control to the schools themselves, and holding them accountable. Conditions matter, for innovations small as well as large.

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Instead of cell phones, ban disruption

One school has found that the best way to think about the presence of cell phones in school is to rethink the problem. Instead of banning cell phones, the students elected to instead ban disruptive behavior.

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Before targeting teachers, look at the system

Ken Futernick, director of the School Turnaround Center for the California-based organization WestEd, recently had a keen insight on why teachers behave as they do—bargain collectively, resist accepting certain frameworks of accountability, become frustrated with management. He turns attention from the people, to the structures in which they work.

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Technology is for learning, before teaching

In this video for an Ed Week forum Chris Lehmann, principal of Science Leadership Academy high school in Philadelphia, describes the need to expand technology use beyond teaching so that it serves students and the processes of learning. Otherwise, he says, you end up with a smart board and Power Point slides: Merely a ‘digitalized blackboard.’

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How to determine teacher pay?

Bill Gates gave a speech in Louisville last week to the Council of Chief State Schools Officers (CCSSO), where he argued a need to address school financing problems by rethinking teacher pay. Instead of seniority and education level, what could be a mechanism for effectively determining teacher pay? In some schools, teachers set it themselves.

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