From Old School To Bold School

A slide straight from Will Richardson’s  NHASCD workshop on  April 4, 2014 The ease of rhyme in Will Richardson’s workshop title (old to bold) doesn’t diminish the difficulty of Will’s challenge for all of us in education. In 2014, we are faced with pressures from many directions creating enormous inertia against doing the right thing….

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How Can I Support the Shift?

  During my time in education, our focus in schools has changed dramatically. While our main wheelhouse has always been academics, the laser focus on teaching and learning has never been sharper. In the “old way” we focused largely on intuition to figure out if kids were learning. Now we utilize data to ascertain if…

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The Common Core Tsunami

As my friend and colleague Sue Copely says, a tsunami is approaching and its name is the Common Core State Standards. This week I read Diane Ravitch’s recent post on the Common Core where she finally states emphatically that she “cannot support” the standards. Clearly, Diane’s voice is impactful in 2013. She is brilliant, verbose,…

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Common Core and Differentiation

I was pleased ASCD asked me recently to write a brief blog post on the status of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) here in New Hampshire. In my role with NHASCD, I’ve been able to view what other districts are accomplishing in addition to ours in Hopkinton. Not a day goes by that I don’t have…

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Common Core: The Conversation Must Continue

Lately I’ve had Common Core on the brain. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are slated to be in place in nearly the entire United States by 2014-15 and my colleagues across the country express varying opinions on whether this is a good thing or not. A recent report of the Brookings Institution claims that the Common Core will…

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