Teaching has certainly changed over the 20-plus years I have been in education. I have seen the “whole language” vs. phonics based learning approach; survived the NHEAPs, the NECAPS and am about to experience Smarter Balanced. I have seen technology change, the internet happen and the use of personal devices in the classroom. I am now knee deep in Common Core. I have been teaching long enough to see the proverbial pendulum swung in each direction several times.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during ‘IEP Season’, but you don’t have to be a superstar (or suddenly have more planning time) to develop IEPs that will serve your students well all year long. Thinking of an IEP as a Leadership Tool can minimize needless stress and help ordinary people work together to develop extraordinary IEPs.
Are you invested in the state and future of public education? Do you wonder how the field of education in the USA has become what it is today? Well, understanding is the first step in advocating for systemic improvements. In her book The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, well-known historian and writer Diane Ravitch describes the movements and events that gave rise to the age of accountability that has so profoundly influenced our schools.