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The most powerful words from the State of the Union? “Teachers Matter” and “teach with creativity and passion.” The creativity and passion in teaching has been leached out over the years by increasing emphasis on high-stakes testing. Everything seems to hinge on a single assessment....

In Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers,” he takes a close look at the many details behind successful people. In looking at highly successful people he defines as “outliers,” Gladwell cleverly reverse engineers three secret ingredients necessary to becoming a highly successful person on top of just...

How does budget transparency, or the lack thereof, impact school and classroom level programming for students? Across states in our nation, property owners pay taxes to provide the youth in their community with an education. While there are many current debates about how much those taxes...

Is Alternative Certification Enough? A generation ago, teachers became teachers by the same path that nurses became nurses - they attended colleges, majored in their subject area, received teacher training, and entered the classroom. Within the past 15 years or so, this landscape changed, largely with the...

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