“This has largely shaped my approach to teaching. I coach reading, writing, and critical thinking. Sometimes you have to tear apart all that you know to build the new you.”Read More
When it comes to equity, cultural relevance, and academic rigor, APS sure talks a big game, making a lot of promises. APS leaders try to say all the right things while doing nearly none of them.Read More
New Mexico is leading the nation in developing a teacher evaluation system that is fair to both teachers and communities; an inevitable tension in this hard work. We should be proud of what we’ve built and have the fortitude to keep building on that foundation. In doing so we will continue to lead the nation and serve as models of what’s possible.Read More
Scientific research has shown how children learn to read and how they should be taught. But many educators don't know the science and, in some cases, actively resist it. As a result, millions of kids are being set up to fail.Read More
Balloons are up in Albuquerque! What a welcome sight. Pardon my not posting anything last week. For the first time, I went to Montgomery, AL to join a conference of fellow education bloggers. About twenty of us from across the country spent a few days sharing stories and inspiring one another for this challenging work. We come from all walks of life, most of us having worked in education in one form or another.Read More
New Mexico needs a changing of the guard when it comes to education. Too many of those shouting the loudest don't represent the generation, race/ethnicity, socioeconomics, or even best interests of our communities. Instead of doing the hard work of change leadership, they settle for cheap political points and simplistic quips to the press. Let's keep the pressure up for them to do better - or step aside.Read More
Not often are teachers given a platform to speak their minds about what’s working or not in education. Fearing reprise from administration or union leadership, teachers I speak with are hesitant to speak their truths in the public square.Read More
Isn’t that what education is all about? We have to improve and stay current, because we are trying to get our kids prepared for their future. If we don’t know what is out there - and what we need to do - how can we really prepare them?
Often when education is discussed or debated, vital and necessary voices are left out: us teachers. Who better to provide perspective on schools than those of us working with students every day? Who better to speak about teacher pay, class sizes, educational spending, and many other topics than those of us who personally grapple with these issues?
It seems as though some policy makers want teachers to use their voice, but only while we are in the classroom. I’ve seen first-hand that those days are over and the time for direct teacher voice has arrived.Read More