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Transform Your Staff Meetings, Engage Your Faculty

Photo credit: Kevin Jarrett via flickr (CC BY 2.0)Terry HeickSchool LeadershipRemix and energize your school staff meetings by suggesting fresh …


Leadership Truths for Curriculum Leaders

What is a curriculum leader? A second grade teacher can serve as a curriculum leader. Principals and Assistant principals should also be viewed as …


How Measurement Fails Doctors and Teachers

TWO of our most vital industries, health care and education, have become increasingly subjected to metrics and measurements. Of course, we need to hold professionals accountable. But the focus on numbers has gone too far. We’re hitting the targets, but missing the point.

Through the 20th century, we …

Health Care

Rethinking College Admissions

Over recent years there’s been a steady escalation of concern about the admissions process at the most revered, selective American colleges. And little by little, those colleges have made tweaks.

But I get the thrilling sense that something bigger is about to give.

The best evidence is a report to be …

Frank Bruni

Letting students sink doesn’t teach them to swim

In conferences, debates and panel discussions about schools, I await mention of the unmentionable issue: grading. It never comes.

We discuss tests, teacher assessments, Common Core standards and school ratings, but not student report cards, the greatest source of stress and miscommunication in our …


What The People Who Read Your College Application Really Think

Time to get together the transcripts, the test scores and put the final touches on those personal essays. It's college application season, again.

To a lot of students, the process seems wrapped in a shroud of mystery. What exactly happens when you send your application out into the unknown only …

College & University

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The Math-Class Paradox

Mastering the subject has become less about learning and more about performance.

Why do so many students hate math, fear it, or both?

If you ask most students what they think their role is in math classrooms, they will tell you it is to get questions right. Students rarely think that they are in math …


After the People of Color Conference, 10 Guideposts on the Path Toward Equity and Inclusion - Independent Ideas Blog

​Tampa, Florida — People naturally walk in circles when they’re lost. That’s the finding of researchers who conducted several experiments: One group …

Teacher Collaboration: Matching Complementary Strengths

At Wildwood IB World Magnet School, teacher collaboration fosters a supportive professional culture, lessens teacher conflict, and provides students …


When Race Enters the Room: Toward Racial Literacy in America’s Schools - Independent Ideas Blog

​Most people who grew up, attended school, or lived many years in the U.S. have a worldview shaped by their own racial identity that informs their …

The Teacher Curse No One Wants to Talk About

Christopher ReddyTeaching StrategiesBy incorporating facts, novelty, examples, analogies, and emotion; and cycling content, telling content-related …


Politics In The Classroom: How Much Is Too Much?

Gun control. Climate change. Donald Trump. Affirmative action.

The first presidential primaries are just weeks away and with all these debates and issues in the headlines, there's no question that students are going to want to talk about them.

But how should teachers handle these discussions?

Do …


5-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners

Students and teachers at Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas, talk about the district's experiment with creating classrooms of the …

Film Festivals

Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

http://download.ted.com/talks/MargaretHeffernan_2012G-64k.mp4Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as Margaret Heffernan shows us, good …

TED Talks

Troubleshooting PBL

Photo credit: US Department of Education via flickr (CC BY 2.0)Joshua BlockProject-Based LearningThe perfect PBL experience is ever-changing, so be …


The Hamlin School Embraces No Rescue Policy for Parents to Encourage Resilience in Children - Independent Ideas Blog

“In an effort to promote independence and responsibility, the school encourages a policy based on the premise that choices have natural consequences

Hands Up

Examining a classroom ritual

By Lisa Rosalie Eisenberg

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Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”

If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, …

Steve Jobs

When Grading Harms Student Learning

Andrew MillerAssessmentInstead of issuing zeros, penalizing late work, and grading formative assessments, teachers should make the classroom a place …


Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

Photo credit: Chicago 2016 via flickr (CC BY 2.0)Lorea Martinez, PhDProfessional DevelopmentSocial and emotional competencies help teachers avoid …


Teaching Empathy: Are We Teaching Content or Students?

Terry HeickSocial and Emotional LearningTeaching empathy is about teaching students, not content -- how they feel about the incoming knowledge will …


Q&A: Misconceptions About Formative Assessment

Richard J. Stiggins, an advocate of classroom assessments in the service of learning, identifies common misunderstandings about formative assessment.


Hiring for Excellence in Independent Schools: Why We Need to Seek Cultural Competence in Hiring - Independent Ideas Blog

​Hiring can be both arduous and rewarding, and as time consuming as it is full of possibilities. We would all agree, I believe, that “mistakes” are …


Diversity Without Silos

“For the group, as well as for the species, what gives an individual his genetic value is not the quality of his genes. It is the fact that he does


What Makes a Great Independent School Teacher - Independent Ideas Blog

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part research series on teacher quality in independent schools. This blog focuses on how educators define


10 Fun-Filled Formative Assessment Ideas

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The Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoid

The Mistakes That Quality Assessments Avoidby Daniel R. Venables, Founding Director of the Center for Authentic PLCsIt’s that time of the school year …

Unit Testing