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  • Are Educational Conferences Worth the Time & Money?

    by David Ruff Like many of you, my fall email inbox has been inundated with conference opportunities. Most of these are offered by great organizations, filled with thoughtful presentations, and attended by people I respect and admire....

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  • Technical Problem or Adaptive Challenge?

    by Ted Hall I was first introduced to the distinction between technical problems and adaptive challenges in 2008 when a colleague shared Leadership on the Line, a book by Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky. I find this...

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  • The Irrefutable Case for Taking Class Outside

    by Kate Gardoqui This article originally appeared in Education Week. I was at a Maine Teacher of the Year event when a colleague leaned toward me with a smile. “Oh, you do the nature stuff, right?” she asked....

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  • Honestly Engaging Our Communities

    by David Ruff Historically, school districts have been marginally successful when engaging their communities by inviting members to “join the conversation” and “provide their feedback.” This is done, of course, with good intent; it opens the doors....

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  • Opening the Can on Your Canned Curriculum

    by Courtney Jacobs and Steve Sell Why bother creating performance-based assessments if I have a set curriculum? Also, a state-wide accountability system? At the heart of these questions is a concern about the lack of engagement and...

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  • How Educational Equity Benefits All Students

    by Andi Summers In a nation that claims to believe in educating all children to become engaged citizens, this practice of failing so many students of color, or tracking them based on implicit bias, or pushing them...

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  • Meetings: Painful or Productive?

    by Jean HaegerWe’ve all been in meetings that are painful: the same predictable voices drone on and on; discussions go in circles, leaving everyone scratching their heads; decisions get made and no one is quite sure...

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