About Deb Hansen

On Grace and Gratitude

on November 17th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

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

on October 31st, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

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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Interesting is Good, but Wonderful is Better

on September 22nd, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

How often do you think to yourself as you are learning something new, “That was interesting.”?  Do you ever wonder how often students reflect on a completed lesson, “Hmm, that concept just introduced was interesting.”  Or “My homework was pretty interesting today.” Now consider this statement.   “Interesting is good. …

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Bruce Joyce Shares Insights about the New Edition of Models of Teaching

on July 2nd, 2014 in Blog by | 2 Comments

As an educational leader, it is likely that you have searched for research to support the development of professional learningexperiences for educators and to inform policy design work. Professional developers will immediately recognize the name Bruce Joyce.  Publications by Drs. Bruce Joyce and Beverly Showers, particularly their findings on the…

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New Hanover Report: Minority Teacher Deficit Continues To Widen

on June 11th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

This blog by Deb Hansen, Senior Policy Analyst, West Wind Education Policy, was written for the Council of Chief State School Officers’ (CCSSO) State Consortium on Educator Effectiveness (SCEE). To view the original post on the SCEE Collaboration Site go HERE. This two-part blog series provides information about Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Personnel, a…

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How to Thank a Teacher

on May 9th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

I just tweeted my thanks to teachers for this years’ Teacher Appreciation Week. Reflecting on the various blogs, tweets, and articles in the news that comment on the importance of teachers and praised teachers for their professionalism and dedication, I found them to be a bit de rigueur. I agree…

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Edcamp

on April 9th, 2014 in Blog by | 6 Comments

What is Edcamp?  Here is the promotional web site’s “definition”: “EdCamp sessions are NOT ‘sit and get’ presentations. EdCamps are about discussion and thinking and problem-solving. We build the agenda first thing in the morning and then spend the rest of the day talking, sharing, and learning. Come prepared to participate!”…

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Thirteen Tips

on February 26th, 2014 in Blog by | No Comments

The internet is replete with blogs that list tips for every possible need.   “Top 10 ways to clean (___everything you ever owned or wanted to own___).” “Fifty ways to make your (__any relationship you can think of____) happy. ” “Suggestions for being a better (___whatever____).” I find much of…

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Worry about Working Conditions

on January 28th, 2014 in Blog by | 3 Comments

I just read a recent Hartford Courant article about an op-ed piece written by middle school English teacher, Elizabeth Natale, of West Hartford Connecticut.  Elizabeth stated in her article that she was considering quitting her job because of government education reforms that are “stripping the joy out of teaching and…

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Geese in the Winter Sky

on January 21st, 2014 in Blog by | 5 Comments

The last of the ponds where I live froze over this week.  The bitter cold weather has made it a struggle for the geese to find food, and the few remaining flocks of geese can be seen overhead, heading for warmer regions. The sight of the birds streaming across the…

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