Facilitating Communities of Education Professionals

Facilitating Communities of Education Professionals

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. –John Donne, No Man is an Island   We are all parts of communities where we engage daily – with family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues; face-to-face, online, and on…

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Senior Policy Analyst, Deb Hansen, Retires

Senior Policy Analyst, Deb Hansen, Retires

This month the team at West Wind Education Policy is proudly celebrating the career of our own Deb Hansen. It has been an honor for all of us to share the capstone years of her career. During the past four years, Deb has lent her wisdom and experience to West…

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On Grace and Gratitude

On Grace and Gratitude

This blog is a letter to my colleagues at West Wind Education Policy, written as I end my tenure at West Wind and as I phase into retirement from the education profession. Dear West Wind Friends and Colleagues, This month marks both the anniversary of four years of employment at…

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Are Teachers Still Widgets? Five years after the Widget Report

Are Teachers Still Widgets? Five years after the Widget Report

Five years ago,TNTP (formerly known as The New Teacher Project) released The Widget Effect, a report that influenced the debate about educAre Teachers Still Widgets? Five yearsator workforce policy-making and generated advocacy for policies such as improved teacher performance evaluations, administrator training, and performance-based pay. According to TNTP, the report identified a…

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Learning to Celebrate

Learning to Celebrate

My children’s elementary school recently celebrated our 60th birthday.  We gathered at the school, listened to alumni who are now junior high and high school students play orchestral music, ate cookies, picked a few remaining vegetables from the school garden, and spent time with our friends and neighbors.  Retired teachers,…

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