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Making the News: Damn Lies and Some Data

As we rush headlong toward a general election in early May, the news defies the promise of Spring with the usual bombast about teachers failing our students and the latest silver bullet which will solve everything.  Now, every teacher knows that what makes the news is education is some scandal, silliness or worse. Rarely do people …

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The Problem With Professional Development

I recently had the great pleasure to read a paper called, provocatively and insightfully, ‘Professional Development: A Great Way to Avoid Change’. It was published in 2004, by an Australian educator, Peter Cole. Though over a decade old, the messages about the deep rooted flaws in much of the professional development undertaken by teachers still …

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