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These Q&As feature some of the field's most prominent education scholars, leaders, and practitioners talking about important education issues
Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., does a television news interview outside the Capitol on June 25, 2020.
U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott, D-Va., is chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor.
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Federal Q&A Chairman of House Ed. Committee on COVID-19 Aid: 'We Need More Money'
The House education committee's chairman says schools still need more federal relief, but must administer tests to see where students are.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 29, 2020
6 min read
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., gives an opening statement during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to discuss vaccines and protecting public health during the coronavirus pandemic on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, in Washington.
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Federal Q&A Q&A: Sen. Patty Murray on the Next Education Secretary, COVID-19 Relief, and ESSA
The Washington senator is the top Democrat on the education committee and poised to be chairwoman if her party takes Senate control.
Andrew Ujifusa, December 14, 2020
5 min read
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Professional Development Q&A How to Bring 'Surprise and Delight' to Virtual Teacher Training During COVID-19
Dyane Smokorowski wants people who run PD sessions to make them so engaging that educators get FOMO if they don't sign up.
Alyson Klein, November 18, 2020
8 min read
Teaching Q&A Q&A With an Ed-Tech Expert: Don't Focus on the Tools
In an interview, Justin Bathon, an expert in how technology and education intersect, described the critical missteps schools and leaders make in implementing technology.
Sasha Jones, October 3, 2018
7 min read
Teacher Preparation Q&A Inching Toward Relicensure, One 'Microcredential' at a Time
The bite-sized competencies are gaining ground as a PD tool. In Tennessee, they can also help teachers maintain their licenses.
Stephen Sawchuk, December 6, 2017
3 min read
Education Q&A How Teacher-Prep Programs Can Embrace Social-Emotional Learning
Nancy Markowitz, founder of the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child, discusses how she helps preservice teachers apply a social-emotional lens to all aspects of their work in the classroom.
Kate Stoltzfus, June 7, 2017
8 min read
Lucy Calkins
Lucy Calkins
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Reading & Literacy Q&A Remodeling the Workshop: Lucy Calkins on Writing Instruction Today
One of the originators of the workshop model discusses the challenges facing writing teachers today and how her own methods have evolved to adapt to new expectations.
Anthony Rebora, June 20, 2016
12 min read
Professional Development Q&A Author: To Reach Struggling Students, Schools Need to Be More 'Trauma-Sensitive'
In her new book, school consultant and former teacher Susan E. Craig argues that teachers need to have a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma and adverse circumstances on learning and what they can do help struggling students regain their academic ability.
Elisha Mcneil, February 17, 2016
10 min read
David H. Rose
David H. Rose
Special Education Q&A Learning by Universal Design
Neuropsychologist David H. Rose, a principal architect of Universal Design for Learning, says classrooms need a richer mix of resources and more emotion.
Anthony Rebora, June 18, 2014
10 min read
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Standards Q&A The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated Testing
James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
Anthony Rebora, March 5, 2014
11 min read
Mary Cooke, HR director of the Delaware Department of Education.
Mary Cooke, HR director of the Delaware Department of Education.
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Education Q&A Grappling With Race to the Top Reforms
Mary Cooke, the HR director from the Delaware Department of Education, discusses the effects that winning Race to the Top will have on school human resources strategies and operations.
Bryan Toporek, March 4, 2014
5 min read
Teaching Profession Q&A A Conversation With a 'Bad' Teacher
John Owens, author of Confessions of a Bad Teacher, talks about his brief, unhappy career in education and what it says about school systems today.
Hana Maruyama, November 19, 2013
8 min read
Harry and Rosemary Wong, authors of <em>The First Days of School</em>, continue to drive home the point that detailed planning and procedures are essential to effective classroom management—and teaching.
Harry and Rosemary Wong, authors of <i>The First Days of School</i>, continue to drive home the point that detailed planning and procedures are essential to effective classroom management—and teaching.
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Professional Development Q&A Harry and Rosemary Wong: Following Up on First Days
With a new book on the horizon, Harry and Rosemary Wong continue to drive home the point that detailed planning and procedures are essential to effective classroom management—and teaching.
Anthony Rebora, October 14, 2013
14 min read
Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson says the Common Core State Standards provide opportunities for teachers to "think deeply about what students are learning."
Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson says the Common Core State Standards provide opportunities for teachers to "think deeply about what students are learning."
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Teaching Profession Q&A Charlotte Danielson on Teaching and the Common Core
Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson discusses the effects of the common standards on instructional practice and teacher professional development.
Anthony Rebora, March 13, 2013
12 min read