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I’m happy to announce that I’ve launched a new blog, Learning Facilitated, and will be returning to blogging with regular articles and posts there. I may on occasion cross-post here, but I wanted to broaden the potential author base with a new blog. At the moment I’ll will be working with two other educators in [...]

I was just reading a newsletter from Barnett Berry, the president of the Center for Teaching Quality. I came across this powerful line from him, which deserves to be spread far and wide:
“Great teachers for the 21st century do a lot more for students than help them improve on 20th century standardized tests.”

Joy Riggs interviewed the latest three Minnesota Teachers of the Year (Amber Damm, Derek Olson, and Mike Smart) in a recent article published in Minnesota Parent magazine. The article contains a collection of tips from all three of us on how to help your children succeed in school. Enjoy the read, and thanks to Joy [...]

Congratulations to Amber Damm, Minnesota’s newly selected 2009 Teacher of the Year! Amber was chosen out of a field of eleven finalists this weekend to become the 45th Minnesota Teacher of the Year. Amber teaches English and Language Arts to seventh and eighth graders at Clara Barton Open School in Minneapolis. She is a [...]

Congratulations to all the finalists for the Minnesota Teacher of the Year award for 2009. This weekend, May 1 through May 3, the finalists are gathering for a series of interviews and events that will culminate with the selection of the 2009 Minnesota Teacher of the Year on Sunday, May 3.
Good luck to all the [...]

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the individual “Why I Teach” videos that each of the 2008 Teachers of the Year created in New York City in late September. Recently, the Pearson Foundation took those videos and had a compilation done with some segments from about half the videos.
You can watch the video [...]

MinnPost, the Twin Cities’ respected and growing online news site, is running a five-part series this week on segregation in Minnesota’s schools. It’s great to see MinnPost bring education to the forefront of their news coverage. With the economy, energy, the election, and foreign policy dominating news coverage of late, it seems that there has [...]

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