OK, People. Here’s a potpourri of items on teachers using their voice. There’s actually a lot going on out there, and that’s encouraging. But it’s going to take a lot more.
First, read a statement from Cheryl Williams, Exec Director of the Learning First Alliance, on changing the national dialogue on education from “It’s failing” to “what are the good things happening and how can we help struggling schools get stronger?” This organization plans to publicize and highlight successful schools over the next year.
Second, Sam Chaltain, a regular education blogger, tells about a series of videos to be coming out about a great school, Mission Hill School in Boston. Check out the site where these will be posted. Helping people see what a good school is really like can help them support the policies that will enable more and more such schools.
Finally, here’s a teacher in the Chicago suburbs, Keith Carlson, who does indeed speak out on his blog all the time — on his favorite topic: films. Yes teachers have real-world interests. And it’s good to let the public know what these are and picture how such passions help kids to get excited about learning.