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Monday, August 01, 2016

The Photo Op

How often are decisions made with the photo op in mind?

That will look good one might think as they puzzle through a problem's solution.

I think photo ops are great if they illustrate a job well done, but I don't think a photo op is a good reason or rationale for making a decision.

In the best of circumstances, and as outlined in the new ESSA law, decisions related to teaching and learning are made by the whole team, not one or another.

When teachers are left out of this equation it truly diminishes the professional work we're able to do.

Yet, in many systems, teachers are still left out of the decisions that impact their work with students every day.

This is one reason why systems of old have to change if we want to better schools.