David B. Cohen teaches English at Palo Alto High School in California, and is a National Board-certified teacher and a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. From July 15 to 18, he will be writing this opinion blog from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards annual conference in Atlanta. (Live From NBPTS ceased publishing in July 2009.)
That's not the type of prefatory statement commonly heard in discussions at an educational conference. The speaker was Sarah Hubbard, of Belmont, California, and when she spoke up, I think every teacher's attention grew a little sharper. There were thirty to forty teachers in the room, and we applauded her for being here and speaking up.
How often have you heard that phrase tossed about? As teachers, we certainly want good information about how to help our students and our profession, but too often, we struggle with the gap between what “research says” and what we experience in our own schools and classrooms.