Archive of 2013

4, 3, 2, 1…some of our favorite posts from 2013

on December 24th, 2013 in Blog by | Comments Off

As we reflected on 2013  while making plans for 2014, we talked about the ideas we shared via the online communities of practice we created or manage for our partners and clients. Each of our policy staff members has chosen a blog post or discussion entry that they wrote  to…

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Implementation Science: Closing Gaps Between Policy and Practice

on December 12th, 2013 in Implementation by | No Comments

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Peer Coaching

on December 1st, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

One of the greatest privileges in my professional life has been the opportunity to learn the discipline of professional learning in education from highly respected researchers who advanced not just the field of professional development (PD) but the broader sphere of educational reform. Beverly Showers, a widely published and internationally…

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To Everyone in Our Schools: Thank You for Your Compassion and Empathy

on November 26th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

This week I will ask my kids to tell me what they are thankful for.  I will most likely get the usual responses – my dog, my video games, my doll, my Transformers.  And when I ask them to reflect a little more I’ll get some answers I like better…

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Local Activism for Equity

on November 26th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

There is an exciting movement under foot in Iowa City, as residents across our community–diverse by race, geography, culture, language, income, and wealth–join together to approach the Iowa City Community School Board tonight.  Earlier in the year, the Calendar Committee, appointed by the superintendent of schools, presented a school year…

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Poet’s Words Give Pause

on October 9th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

I just came across some quotations by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926), one of the great 20th century German language poets. His writing often gives me a fresh way to think about ideas I have been wrestling with. Perhaps these quotations will give you pause to think more deeply about…

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Community of Practice Evaluation: What We Measure and Why

on September 23rd, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

A few months ago, I wrote a blog titled How Online Communities of Practice Shape Our Work.  Today I have been thinking a lot about how we evaluate these communities and why we choose to value certain measurements.  The most obvious answer is that we have goals.  And, while I…

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50th anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech

on August 30th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

I watched and listened to much of the event honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I have a dream speech.” It was inspiring and prompted me to watch the entirety of Dr. King’s speech again. We hear the sound bytes from the speech often enough, but listening, really listening,…

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Back to School and Out in the World

on August 30th, 2013 in Blog by | No Comments

Pictured:  Finn 3rd Grade, Jocie 1st Grade, Whitman and Beckett Kindergarten This is the first year that all of my children are in school.  I think that Beckett, returning from his first day of kindergarten, summed it up for all of us when he said:  “Best day ever!” Sometimes as…

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Leadership and Implementation: A Collaborative Inquiry Protocol

on August 20th, 2013 in Leadership Development by | No Comments

West Wind Education Policy Inc. originally developed this Collaborative Inquiry Protocol to guide our consultations on racial equity in K–12 public education. We have since customized the protocol for specific audiences, including those working on educator evaluation system redesign and—here—those using implementation science to support their work. To continue reading,…

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