Geoffrey Canada’s TED Talk: CTL is marking its 20th anniversary with an education forum and celebration in September. In advance of that event, we’ve invited national, state and local educational leaders to share their ideas on the themes of innovation, equity and systems change through a series of blogs, the first of which were posted August 1 and August 8. Today’s postings include two such blogs plus a TED talk by Geoffrey Canada, architect of the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York Read More →
Art by Sarah Almeda: CTL is marking its 20th anniversary with an education forum and celebration in September. In advance of that event, we wanted to begin the conversation on inventing the next 20 years of education in ways that transform teaching, learning and leadership. We’ve identified three inter-related themes necessary to the invention process: innovation, equity and systems change. Read More →
Simply stated, the more teachers view vocabulary learning as an integral part of content learning rather than as an extra, isolated step in instruction, the more effectively their students will be able to talk and use the language of the discipline. Read More →
Good teachers don’t get the recognition they deserve but what if we also celebrated and recognized things like the lessons or units of the year? In other words, what if we recognized the specific… Read More →
The obvious way that the pieces connect and depend on each other suggests that when we dissect effective teaching for the sake of improving, we need to spend time on putting it all together again in a way that works for students.
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Rigor is a word that gets thrown around in meetings, planning documents and social media amongst educators. But what exactly is rigor? Too often we mistake rigor for “more difficult” and while we want to challenge our students we don’t want that challenge to be deadly.. Read More →
As a profession, we are confusing reading and writing instruction with assessment of that instruction. Many teachers strive, as I did, to insert “test-like” experiences within the context of their units to decrease… Read More →