Misconceptions about new teacher evaluation systems

I was checking out Diane Ravitch’s blog and came across this posting about the dangers of the new teacher evaluation systems currently being implemented across the country. The post really caught my attention because it was written by JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).  In many of these

The writing’s on the wall…and the ceiling, and the floor, and the desks, and the chalkboard: Leadership structures in schools are flawed

This week, MetLife released its Survey of the American teacher results, a poll done every year as a way for those in the schools to share their perspectives with policy makers and the American public.  Headlines quickly latched onto the finding that teacher satisfaction has dropped 23 percent since 2008. Several writers responded, critiquing the

Are schools replicating the mistakes of American car companies?

Yesterday I caught the Charlie Rose show, and while the topic wasn’t education, a comment a guest made got me thinking about whether we have a fatal flaw in our leadership structure in the public schools.  Rose had invited Michael Moritz, a venture capitalist with Sequoia Capital, onto the show.  The conversation meandered in many

Don’t forget about the principal

Don’t forget about the principal! Too often, any conversation about schools portrays teachers as working alone in their classrooms to improve student achievement. The school principal might as well be invisible. What most people don’t realize is that these educators — who often put in close to 80-hour weeks — have a profound impact on the students in their school, too,