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Common Core State Standards Raise the Bar for Teachers

Jon Saphier - Oct. 17, 2014: The Common Core State Curriculum is a big step forward, but also an enormously demanding one. These standards raise the bar significantly for students’ ability to read, write, think, analyze, argue for, and organize their thinking. More than anything, these standards demand that all teachers teach all students the metacognitive thinking skills.

What’s Blocking Our Vision?

Jon Saphier - Sept. 26, 2014: Many important educational reform efforts are underway... However, there is a very large blind spot affecting these reform efforts... What exactly does this blind spot conceal? The fact that the knowledge and skill to teach effectively is larger and much more complex than what we prepare teachers to do or hold them accountable for doing.

Why Teacher Evaluation is the Wrong Priority

Jon Saphier - Sept. 23, 2014: Three years from now, in 2017, the current focus on teacher evaluation will have died away. Not that it wasn’t needed ... However, the fundamental education challenge we face, is not evaluating teaching, it is improving teaching.

Characteristics of an Effective School District

Jon Saphier - July 2014: Professions with rigorous professional standards have nine characteristics. But certain conditions must be present in districts to make progress toward creating these characteristics.

How to Close Achievement Gaps

Jon Saphier - July 2014: Achievement gaps between white students and African-American, Latino, and poor white students is endemic in American society...Yet, hundreds of schools in this country serving disadvantaged children manage to get break-the-mold results...

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