Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

“Whatever we do to strengthen and elevate the teaching profession, we should bear in mind that reforms that fail to heed the voice of teachers are doomed.” Secretary Duncan West Wind took to Twitter (using the below hashtag) to thank some of the influential teachers in our lives. It was…

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West Wind Hosts Screening of the American Teacher Documentary

West Wind Hosts Screening of the American Teacher Documentary

On Tuesday, April 3, West Wind Education Policy, Inc. and the Bijou Theatre at the University of Iowa co-hosted a screening of the American Teacher, a documentary produced by the Teacher Salary Project.  The Project aims to raise awareness of teacher working conditions in America, including salary, hours, and respect…

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“College- and Career-Readiness” Calls for High School Transformation

“College- and Career-Readiness” Calls for High School Transformation

“College- and career-readiness” has become a “new” goal for education reformers nationally.  (I put “new” in quotation marks, because this is not a particularly new idea or debate, though certainly the term “college- and career-readiness” is new.)  The aspiration of many reformers is that each and every young person will graduate…

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Seeing Through and Beyond

Seeing Through and Beyond

I just opened an email from a colleague asking me if I could help her find an article she needed for her work with local district administrators across the state. She was looking for The Singular Power of One Goal (Sparks, 1999) to encourage superintendents and principals to consider the…

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What’s Missing from the Conversation?: The Trayvon Martin Shooting and Race

What’s Missing from the Conversation?:  The Trayvon Martin Shooting and Race

Yesterday morning as I prepared for work, I heard someone speak about the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin stating that he should have stayed with his father on that fateful night.  Last week, in the first public interview of Martin’s parents, on The Today Show, one of Matt Lauer’s…

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