Category Archives: Effective Teaching

Collaboration, Vision, and Learning Process

I found a useful powerpoint presentation on school turnaround challenges by a Dave Weaver at a regional SIG conference that focused on cultural and systems blockages to fostering collaboration in schools trying to turn around.  It references a book that clearly … Continue reading

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Motivation and Learning

Student motivation is so often left out of the equation in talking about schooling and reform.  When education is perceived as something that is done to students rather than with them, it tends to result in standardization, low expectations, thin … Continue reading

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Inquiry as an Education Reform Approach

Inquiry is short-hand for “inquiry-based learning.”  It is a common approach we use with teams of educators and other leaders to help them find solutions to the challenges they face, typically the challenges of helping vulnerable students succeed. Inquiry involves … Continue reading

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The Turnaround Teacher

In all the talk of turnaround schools, the qualities of the teaching that such schools require, sometimes called turnaround teachers, gets short shrift.  It’s the classroom as black box again, the black box that Wiliam and Black cracked open so … Continue reading

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Learning Partnerships versus Personalization

Personalization is an important concept that has been around for a while and that we have worked with partner schools on over years of small school coaching. The Small Schools Project defines it as ‘a learning environment where all students … Continue reading

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Linda Darling-Hammond | Teacher and School Reform in International View

Our Advisory Board member Stanford University Professor of Education Linda Darling-Hammond blogged at the Answer Sheet at the Washington Post about the recent International Summit on Teaching: “…it was, perhaps, the first time that the growing de-professionalization of teaching in … Continue reading

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Effective Teaching Discussion with Pedro Noguera

Our Advisory Board member, NYU education professor and authority on urban schools, Pedro Noguera spoke with Oakland’s Effective Teaching Task Force last week and shared a lot of good ideas and many compelling examples of schools that are fostering strong … Continue reading

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