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“Capturing The Spark”: An Interview With David B. Cohen

David B. Cohen, a California teacher who I have often written about here over the years, has just authored a great book titled Capturing The Spark: Inspired Teaching, Thriving Schools. He spent a year visiting classrooms (including mine), observing and asking questions. He agreed to answer a few of my questions about the book: LF: What inspired you to write the book, and how did you go about choosing which teacher’s classrooms to visit? David B. Cohen: The first time I really took up this idea, merely imagining the possibilities, I was wondering what it would be like to visit the classroom of my friend Renee Moore. We know each other through work with the Center for Teaching Quality and the National Board, and I admire her immensely. Our life stories and our professional experiences couldn’t be much more different, though, once you set aside the teacher leadership interests. I wouldn’t just happen to be passing through Cleveland, Mississippi, so I imagined visiting Renee as part of some kind of project where I could see public education in a wide variety of settings. That initial impulse to visit teachers and schools goes back several years. It took another few years for the project to take shape. I floated the idea to my wife as a “what if, someday…” kind of idea, and she was supportive, so the wheels kept...

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David B. Cohen Interviews….Me

My Teacher Leaders Network David B. Cohen has just published an interview with me over at the Accomplished California Teachers blog. You might find it useful/interesting. Here’s one short excerpt:  When you think about public education in Sacramento, in California, or in general, what gives you the greatest hope and the greatest cause for concern? It may sound a bit corny, but I experience the greatest hope each day during the school day (or, I should say, during most school days — my students and I have our bad days, too).  The vast majority of students want to learn, and the vast majority of educators want to get better at their craft.  Being part of the great work of groups like Accomplished California Teachers and Teacher Leaders Network also provides me with the hope that we might be able to have an impact on educational policy issues. My greatest cause for concern is seeing so many so-called “reformers” — an enormous number of them having little or no direct experience in the classroom — wanting to push non-evidence based changes on our students and us teachers.  We are not test tubes to be experimented on…. And, if you’re interested, I’m adding it to A List of Interviews With…Me. Share...

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Second Interview Of The Month: David B. Cohen

I’m doing two “Interviews Of The Month” in November. As regular readers know, I focus this feature on people in education who I want to know more about. You can see previous interviews here. David B. Cohen, one of the key people behind The Accomplished California Teachers and co-author of a recent Op Ed piece titled Test scores poor tool for teacher evaluation,  is my guest today.  Next month, I’ll be interviewing John Norton, director of The Teacher Leaders Network. What is the Accomplished California Teachers (ACT) and why did you help start it? ACT is a network that aims to bring teacher voice and teacher leadership to the forefront of education policy debates and reform efforts.  We are under the umbrella of the National Board Resource Center (NBRC) at Stanford University.  Our current projects are a pair of policy reports on teacher evaluation and professional pay.  These reports are researched and written by teachers, and crafted to represent a consensus built through extensive conversations among our core members.  We assembled a diverse group of accomplished teachers from around the state, representing the full range of K-12 education.  As we grow, we aim to help California’s teacher leaders to broadcast their expertise to policymakers, media, and communities, and to develop their leadership voices and skills.  We have some good models for this work in the Teacher Leaders Network (which...

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Common Core Standards

David Cohen has a very thoughtful post titled Common Core Confusion. Be sure to read the comments, too. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards. Share...

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The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards

For the almost four years I’ve been writing blog, I’ve periodically shared my concerns about developing national standards. I’ve feared that people were over-estimating its impact on the classroom (where, in fact, I think it’s more like callers to talk radio feeling like they’re actually doing something about a problem). And I’ve been concerned that it was a boondoggle for publishers and testing services salivating at the prospect of selling new textbooks and tests. But the Common Core Standards train has long left the station, and that fight is lost. However, we can still try to minimize its negative impact. To that end, I thought I’d bring together a few resources that I’ve found helpful in gaining an understanding of what Common Core might mean. Please feel free to additional suggestions. Here are my choices for The Best Articles Concerns About Common Core Standards: What Common Core State Standards are — and aren’t by Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post Testing the Common Core Standards, also by Valerie Strauss. She has also written The problem(s) with the Common Core standards. The Common Core: Policy Triumph or Commercial Bonanza? by Nancy Flanagan at Ed Week. Will National Standards Improve Education? is a useful New York Times forum. Common Core Standards: Hardly an Evidence-based Policy by Larry Cuban. National Standards a Wild Goose Chase by Anthony Cody at Ed Week. David...

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