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March 25, 2019

Teachers leave. Good ones. Bad ones. Great ones. They leave. And when they leave, it forces us to reckon with the conditions that led them to their decision and what we can do about it.

As the surge of teacher activism around the country over the past couple of years ha...

March 15, 2019

There are a million ways to be an excellent teacher. And a million practices and moves that a teacher does to create that excellent instruction. 

Instinctively, we know this. We can probably recall at least a handful of teachers from our own educational experiences that...

November 20, 2017

Late last year, I was sitting in an Instructional Leadership Team meeting at one of our partner schools, EPIC Academy, talking with the coaches about how their teachers were responding to their feedback coming out of weekly coaching meetings. We had been working all ye...

April 24, 2017

When I was in the classroom, all of my instructional decisions were guided by tests. How would my kids do well on these tests? That was the true and only marker of their success, right? Also, that’s how I was evaluated as an effective teacher, and so testing was always...

August 15, 2015

TNTP released a new report earlier this month titled The Mirage: Confronting the Hard Truth About Our Quest for Teacher Development. (If you haven’t done so yet, read the full report!)

Like The Widget Effect and The Irreplaceables before it, The Mirage is bound to start...

July 10, 2015

Ask a teacher and most of them would tell you the same thing – professional development isn’t useful; it’s just something that has to be done.

My last post, Why Workshops and Websites Won’t Work, gave insight into why teachers are saying this and why they will never be...

June 24, 2015

Based on the looks of it, you'd think that administrators and school leaders believed that teachers are all superhuman learners, the stars of the class, the honors students who do the extra credit work before the regular assignment. A lovely thought, but one that's jus...