IDEAS, INSIGHT & CIVIL DISCOURSE issue 1 / March 2017

On Common Ground.

Standing Together for Education

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“IT SHOULD ALIGN WITH STANDARDS THAT WILL ALLOW STUDENTS TO PROSPER IN COLLEGE OR IN CAREERS.” If students can create their own tests on a daily basis in the subjects they are learning, they will become familiar with the benefits…

In Response to: New Approaches to Testing

States are teed up to take the helm on efforts that were largely incentive-driven during the Race to the Top and waiver eras. I wonder how state leaders will go about creating a sense of clarity around their new priorities.…

In Response to: States Take the Wheel

I concur about starting with desired student outcomes and working backwards and that re-thinking professional learning can be challenging, and even daunting. It may be useful to recognize that re-designing professional learning doesn’t need to have a sense of permanence…

In Response to: Teacher Evaluation Under ESSA

I hope that this will be true. While states will likely engage educators, I'm not sure that they have to show evidence that it has been applied. That said, if we did a better job of soliciting and incorporating educator…

In Response to: Teacher Evaluation Under ESSA

I agree and the theory of change defines all of the possible scenarios or pathways to get there.

In Response to: Walking the Line with Kaya Henderson

I noticed some significant phrases that seemed very intentional in the pursuit of shared understanding, rather than holding tightly or arguing a position. Phrases like, "I agree," "I feel, like you said,…" "I concur…and I also believe…" acknowledge and honor…

In Response to: Civil Discourse in Action

I agree, and I wonder how we do this in a world that is enveloped in multi-directional sound bites.

In Response to: Civil Discourse in Action

Recognizing and transparently engaging the community in the change process helps to jointly form new ways of thinking and shared aspirations for the future.

In Response to: Walking the Line with Kaya Henderson

The way forward, so desperately needed now, is to seek to understand the other first...

— John E. Deasy, PH.D. Editor-in-Chief