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’
By Scott Sterling Testing is one of the most contentious issues in education today, often creating a wedge between factions of the educational structure, crossing political and social lines. As educators, we know that assessment helps us do our jobs efficiently. What many of us could do without is testing.
By Cheryl Spittler “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” — Jane D. Hull Over the past 25 years, I’ve been involved in education as both a parent and an educator. I’ve met some parents who are
By Jennifer Cleary, co-author of Classroom Techniques for Creating Conditions for Rigorous Instruction I recently read an article titled Teacher to Parent – Positive reinforcement doesn’t work in the long run. It was written by award-winning teacher Jody Stallings in response to a parent who had expressed frustration because her child
By Kara Bentley Images courtesy of Greensboro Elementary School Assistant Principal Todd Nichols. Follow him on Twitter here. In Greensboro, Maryland, near the eastern shore, Greensboro Elementary School shines brightly as students, instructional staff, and administrative leadership work diligently to transfer the ownership of learning to students—a feat that’s difficult
By Jaime Castellano I’m excited to be a part of this year’s Building Expertise National Conference. Not only will I be marking the release of my latest book, Educating Hispanic/Latino Students: Opening Doors to Hope, Promise, and Possibility, I’ll be presenting a special session during the event entitled “Hope, Promise,
By Shannon Pretorius You have the most amazing math lesson planned for today. It is interactive, engaging, requires student collaboration, and you didn’t even have to spend your own money to fund it. Students will be analyzing classroom objects based on their attributes and classifying them into specific geometric categories.
By Jay McTighe In this era of accountability, educators throughout the nation are under pressure. Administrators are held accountable for student achievement in their schools as gauged by standardized tests. Increasingly, teachers’ evaluations include a percentage based on the results of test scores (at least in the tested grades and
By Cheryl Spittler (originally published on LinkedIn) Several years ago, I read a poem about the two seas in Palestine and a thought came to mind. The poem makes a comparison between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, drawing a correlation to two kinds of people. I realized
Dear Friends, Please join me at the 7th Annual Building Expertise 2018 National Conference June 13-15 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. I’m excited to be a part of this year’s event, which includes some truly inspirational and expert education thought leaders including Freedom Writer Manny