Innovation and High-Stakes Accountability

It seems to me we have two forces shaping educational policy: one is the call to innovate, reflected in the USDOE’s Investing in Innovation (i3) grants and in calls from the US Secretary of Education to seek innovative solutions to persistent problems of student...

Seeing Possibilities: A Road to Google Camp

What can happen to a girl when she is lucky enough to have teachers who see her gifts, even when others who have known her longer don’t? This is something that every young person deserves. Here’s a story that taught me a lesson: My good friends Patty and John are...

“Homes,” Not Just Homerooms

More than 40 years after my high school graduation, I’m happy to say that I’m still in touch with many of my classmates, even though quite a few of us have long since scattered from our hometown. It’s no coincidence that many of these friends were my...

NCTM Book Study, Returns!

We, Jo Ann Mosier and I, started our study of NCTM’s “Focus in High School Mathematics: Reasoning and Sense Making” in May (Post 1, 2, 3) but due to a break this summer we were not able to finish the book study, but WE ARE BACK. Jo Ann and I will be using these...

The Invisible Teacher

I was recently introduced to the work of Liu Bolin, a Chinese artist, who is able to make his self invisible through the use of paint. He spends hours having himself painted and is then dropped into a scene where he is camouflaged by the paint. His current exhibition,...