David Parker

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Secrets of amazing teachers: What both sides of the education reform debate get wrong about autonomy and accountability

Everyone knows teachers are key. But the debate over reform and Common Core has stalled. This is a way forward<p>The common view of great teachers is that they are born that way. Like Michelle Pfeiffer’s ex-marine in "Dangerous Minds," Edward James Olmos’s Jaime Escalante in "Stand and Deliver," and …

The 18 things that great principals do differently

Being the head of a school is about leadership, obviously. And empowerment, that too. And vision – mustn’t forget that. And having a great team, …

Administrative Law

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50<br>Shares<p>School visits are the best way to stretch our conception of powerful learning--to learn from the best innovations in learning around the …

Become the Storyteller-in-Chief

The new school year has begun for many educators across the country with others soon to follow after Labor Day. With the new year comes a renewed …

It's Time for Schools to Upgrade Both Technology and Pedagogy

<i>Teaching methods, in some schools, haven't changed much since this picture was taken (Creative Commons License)</i><p>As students return to school, it's time to think about absolute necessities like pens, paper, school clothes, a laptop or tablet and, of course, a learning network that enables them to …

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

Educators at Nystrom Elementary school in Richmond are seeing some of those positive effects in their students. “This year is much better,” said …

The Secrets to Creating a Positive School Culture

If someone would have asked me this question a few years ago I honestly would not have had a good answer. I always thought a positive school culture …

Seven Keys to Effective Feedback - Educational Leadership

The term <i>feedback</i> is often used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise, and evaluation. But none of these are …

Pedagogy

13 Concrete Examples Of Better Feedback For Learning

<b>By Grant Wiggins</b><p>Below, find thirteen examples of how teachers have made feedback (as opposed to advice and evaluation) more central to their work …

Why do we make students sit still in class?

<b>(CNN) —</b> As a graduate student, I had the opportunity to observe a number of idyllic, progressive classrooms where students danced to the pencil sharpener or sprawled across beanbag chairs while completing their work. I read countless books and articles about research that supports physical activity …

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist

Are Americans getting dumber?<p>Our math skills are falling. Our reading skills are weakening. Our children have become less literate than children in …

Sustaining Outdated Practices Will Not Transform Schools

When one looks at education in general there is very little change from over 150 years ago. Back then the education system was designed to serve an …

One Day That Changed Everything

I was just like ever other principal on the planet prior to becoming connected. My narrow focus was on sustaining a school culture focused on rules, …

Leadership Practices That Directly Influence Teachers’ Emotions

The emotions of teachers are an often ignored, but very important part of a school’s learning climate. With each decision or policy they put in …

Good Grief! Teachers Get High Marks on New Evaluations

This is an unintentionally hilarious story in the New York Times.<p>Reformers are upset to discover that an astonishing proportion of teachers are …

TOP 11 TRAITS OF A GOOD TEACHER

First, there is no hard and fast list that tells you who is a good teacher or who is not a good teacher. However, there are traits that excellent …

There are seven sides to educational leadership

As Groucho Marx once quipped, "Those are my principles, and if you don't like them . well, I have others."<p>Such are the number of available leadership …

Education Policy

How Do Principals Really Improve Schools? - Educational Leadership

At first glance, this approach to improving schools seems to make sense. After all, research does say that teacher quality is one of the most …

Designing Schools to Engage and Drive Learning

Last month I was fortunate to attend a training session on the new Chromebook at Google's New York City offices. The Chromebook itself turned about to be an intriguing device that clearly has an upside as an educational tool in schools. It boots up in 8 seconds, has a sleek user interface, is very …

How to Get Hesitant Teachers to Use Technology

In my consulting as well as administrative technology work, I am often asked the same questions by different schools and officials. One of the most …