How Should Principals Spend Their Time?

By Amy Dujon, author of The Gritty Truth of School Transformation (response originally published by Education Week.) A principal’s duties and responsibilities continue to compound. Over the past five years, new school leader standards and high-stakes accountability have expanded the work scope dramatically. Often, school leaders prioritize each day based on what

From Summers Off to Learning On (and On and On): What Makes Education Conferences Valuable

By Beverly Carbaugh For years, I proclaimed that I was a “lifelong” learner. I wrote it in my resume, I advocated it in school improvement concepts, and I continually emphasized that we all had to be lifelong learners. But in hindsight, maybe I wasn’t always practicing what I preached. See

Tip for Teachers: “Wrong” Answers Are the Ones That Deepen Learning

By Shannon Pretorius You ask your class a question, expecting a particular answer. You planned for that answer, but the students’ responses are completely different from what you anticipated. What do you do? Too many times, I’ve seen teachers barely acknowledge the unexpected answers and say something like, “No, that’s

The Three Weights on Hispanic and Latino Students: Balancing School, Family, and Community

By Jaime Castellano, author of Educating Hispanic and Latino Students Today in 2018, one in four American children are of Hispanic or Latino origin. With Hispanic/Latino students making up such a large percentage of our schools, we would expect to see them spread proportionally across the spectrum of student success; but

Helping Parents Understand Why Math Instruction Has Changed

By Kimberly Wood “What is it with this new math?” How many of you have heard this question from parents as they try to help their kids with homework? With the switch to rigorous college and career readiness standards, many parents feel that the math being taught in the classrooms

What Would YOU Put Into an Assessment Smoothie?

By Susan Brookhart Some conferences review and present information for audiences that aren’t familiar with it. For example, I might go to a conference to learn more about an assessment technique that already exists. But the BEST conferences create new information. The synergy of the event takes speakers’ and participants’