Month: April 2018

Minding The Gap: What ‘The Nation’s Report Card’ Says About Kentucky’s Schools And Ed Reform

The first time I had the opportunity to travel to London, I was taken aback by the speed and efficiency of the London Underground. Affectionately called the “Tube” by locals, London’s network of underground railways is actually the world’s oldest metro system. It may not be the cleanest form of transportation in the world, but it’s remarkably fast, punctual, and…

Photo by Tim Lauer, CC-Licensed.

Teacher Efficacy: Because You Just Can’t Give Up On Kids

At my school and among my professional learning network, we have been having a lot of discussion lately surrounding teacher efficacy. Teacher efficacy is easy to explain — not always easy to collectively and genuinely live out. Teacher efficacy is a teacher’s belief in his or her own capabilities to get results in the classroom. That in and of itself…

Who Loves Ya, Dr. Pruitt? (Kentucky Teachers, That’s Who.)

In a special post he wrote a few months ago for KyForward, now-former Education Commissioner Dr. Stephen Pruitt invoked the spirit of a 1970’s TV drama to share his love for public education. Here are some excerpts: Back in the 1970s, there was a TV drama called “Kojak.” The show’s star, Telly Savalas, was bald and almost always seen with…

If You Really Want Your Traditional Schools Regulated Like Charters, Be Careful What You Wish For

We just finished up the last week of this year’s Kentucky General Assembly, and if I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a million times: “Why can’t we just give all schools the same flexibility charter schools get?” I think this is a very good question, especially here in Kentucky, where we still have yet to see charter schools implemented.…

We Don’t Just Need Diverse Teachers. We Need Teachers Who Care About Diversity.

I just read this piece from Education Post about recruiting teachers of color, and it’s been on my mind lately. The story basically describes how the number of minority students are on the rise across the country, yet the schools they’re attending have few – if any – teachers that look like them. I immediately thought back to my own…

The Good, The Bad, and The Not-So-Terrible: What’s Happening to Kentucky Teacher Pensions

This article originally appeared in teacherpensions.org. This week, thousands of Kentucky teachers marched in the state capitol in response to a prospective change in retirement benefits and general concern with the state budget. While their budget and salary concerns are real, the retirement plan reform is necessary, and will in the long run be good for Kentucky and the state’s next generation of…

An Open Letter To Kentucky’s Future Teachers

Dear Future Kentucky Educators, I have been worried about you.  The truth is we all have been worried about you.  To say that we are going through a tumultuous time in our profession is an understatement.  A great deal of consternation has been around how we are going to be able to get you to join our profession. You are…

With pension reform and disparaging comments against teachers Matt Bevin appears to be waging a war

Matt Bevin’s War

When Louisville businessman Matt Bevin ran for governor in 2015, he did so on the platform of fiscal responsibility, school choice, and conservative reform. Armed with Tea Party rhetoric and the funding to match it, Bevin did the unthinkable by knocking off establishment candidate James Comer in the GOP primary. His margin of victory was just 83 votes. Shortly after…

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