Tag: Nationwide

Teacher-leadership of schools is a means for improvement

Teacher-leadership is a way of managing a school that can allow for more flexibility and inventiveness. In a time of financial constraint and the need for improved performance, that responsiveness is important. Our imagination should not stop at teacher-leadership, but begin—considering what can come from it.

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Describing teacher-run schools in a Teacher Magazine interview

Teacher-run schools continue to appear in the news. In this interview in Education Week’s Teacher Magazine, EE partners Ted Kolderie and Joe Graba describe characteristics that begin to emerge in schools that are run by teachers.

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Guest Post: Big things often start small — the Florida Virtual story

Julie Young, President and CEO of Florida Virtual School, describes the appeal of online learning, and the dramatic growth the organization has sustained over the past 15 years. It is a cogent reminder that substantial innovations often start small—in the case of FVS, with 77 students.

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Unions: To be a scapegoat is a choice

An article in the New York Times this past week pushed back against the caricature of AFT President Randi Weingarten by Waiting for Superman. There is truth to Weingarten’s sentiment that unions have become a scapegoat. That is why (politically) unions have an incentive to take the offense and get out from under this pile. Say, “We'll accept accountability, but give us control.” That can be a game changer.

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Guest Post: Imagine a school where all students have individual lesson plans

In this guest post Kari Thierer, National Director of School and Network Support for Big Picture Learning, describes how students in Big Picture students have the opportunity to learn through apprenticeship, and mentorship. She describes the central importance of autonomy for the school to succeed with its non-traditional model, including authority over setting their schedule and determining how students will demonstrate achievement.

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Can Teachers Run Their Own Schools?

In this case study of several teacher-led schools in the upper Midwest, Claremont University researcher Charles Taylor Kerchner found some interesting things. The schools use resources differently than traditional district schools. They also have constructed a much different method of teaching. And, they slice up authority and responsibility differently–including assigning a good bit of responsibility for learning to the students.

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Cut a New Deal With Teachers

If 'Michelle Rhee' was the answer, what was the question? What if 'strengthening management' is the wrong approach? The goal surely is: quality teachers who put students first. Might there be an easier way?

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16 big-city superintendents describe ‘How to Fix Our Schools.’ Instead, ask: How can we re-imagine schooling?

Are urban superintendents warming to innovative uses of technology? To new roles for teachers? In a recent letter to the Washington Post 16 major superintendents indicate yes. But instead of focusing only on teacher tenure, or adding new technologies to existing classrooms, they could also engage in a complete re-imagining what is possible with schools.

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Paypal founder’s support for young entrepreneurs can inspire a re-imagination of high school

Peter Theil’s grants could provide the inspiration for an innovative high school, modeled after people like Thiel, Zuckerberg, and Gates: Allow for autonomy, accommodate and support entrepreneurialism, and provide an option to start into college courses through online or on-campus courses.

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The potential of teacher run schools derives from the conditions they create

As expectations form for teacher-run schools, it is also important to understand that their potential derives from the conditions they create.

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