Category Archives : Policy


Michigan Students to See Shorter Standardized Tests in 2016

On Thursday August 20th, the Michigan Department of Education publicized changes to its state assessments for elementary, middle, and high school students beginning in spring of 2016.  After its first year of implementing the new Michigan State Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) to students, the Office of Assessment and Accountability at the Michigan Department of Education […]


How Teachers and Policy Makers Can Collaborate FTW

Episode 008 – Collaborating With Education Policy Makers Beth Maloney Twitter: @DaringToTeach 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year On the program this week, Teachers of the Year Radio welcomes Beth Maloney, the 2014 Arizona Teacher of the Year. Beth is a 5th grade teacher in Surprise, AZ and a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT.) Beyond preparing youngsters for their transition to […]


The Impact of Teacher Retention on Education Equity

Episode 001: The Impact of Teacher Retention on Education Equity Jonathan Crossley 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Twitter: @joncrossley_ar On the program this week, Teachers of the Year Radio welcomes Jonathan Crossley, a high school English and Drama teacher from the Mississippi Delta region of Arkansas, who is the 2014 Arkansas Teacher of the […]


Evaluating Teaching With Google Apps: A Case Study

What do you get when you take the free web-based collaboration and productivity tools of Google Apps and use them to power teaching evaluation? The result is a system that returns money and time to schools and transforms evaluation into a more collaborative process for all involved. Find out how one large public school district […]


Recommendations From Educators on Teacher Evaluation in Michigan

Last month, educators from Rochester Community Schools took part in a district site visit and round table discussion on teacher evaluation with State Representative Tom McMillin (45th House District, R-Rochester Hills) a current member, and former chair, of the House Education Committee. Throughout the day, teachers and administrators expressed their thoughts, questions, and wonderings about teacher evaluation. […]


Teacher Leadership Challenge | November 22, 2013 1

This is a multipart series of posts intended to help teachers grow their leadership practice and ignite conversations about education online and in person. The goal of a teacher leader is to improve the learning of all students through their efforts, collaboration, and influence. The 2014 Teacher Leadership Challenge is a weekly installment activity that poses a […]


Sophisticated and Complex Accountability Should Be the Focus For Schools

There has been a growing demand in the past decade for accountability in public education. Policy makers, students, families, and taxpayers all want teachers to be “held accountable.” Conventional accountability in teaching is based on student achievement on standardized tests and graduation rates. A current bill (MIHB4625) up for consideration in the Michigan House of […]