Measuring the why of student success

Standardized tests are supposed to objectively show what a learner knows. The theory goes that if all students answer the same test questions, you will get a clear picture of who knows what. But that isn’t how it works in the real world…

Failure is not an option

Federal Education policy makes targeting the lowest performing schools the priority. It is widely understood that school performance across the US is uneven. While some schools are performing very well, others are in dire need of help. Under…
Interview VI, Molly Jaynes

Cesar Chavez Teacher, Molly Jaynes: Part Two

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part two of our interview with Molly Jaynes, a teacher. Part one…

Cesar Chavez Teacher, Molly Jaynes: Part One

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part one of our interview with Molly Jaynes, an elementary school…
Interview IV, Laura Morris

Cesar Chavez Principal, Laura Morris: Part Two

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part two of our interview with Laura Morris, a school principal.…
Interview III, Laura Morris

Cesar Chavez Principal, Laura Morris: Part One

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part one of our interview with Laura Morris, an elementary school…

Teach Kids, Not Topics

Beginning your career as a teacher is exciting – it’s one of the most important roles someone can fill. Every day creates opportunities for positively or negatively impacting the lives of the children we teach and the future of the world…

Cesar Chavez Librarian, Heidi Tuers-Jackson: Part Two

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part two of our interview with Heidi Tuers-Jackson, an elementary…

Cesar Chavez Librarian, Heidi Tuers-Jackson: Part One

After working in Oklahoma City Public Schools for two years, we interviewed teachers, administrators and community members about their work with The Learner First. This is part one of our interview with Heidi Tuers-Jackson, an elementary…

Five Critical Questions to Ask Any Provider of School/System Change or Professional Learning and Development.

1. What shifts have you been able to achieve for students so far, and how long does it take to see them? Always ask to see the actual evidence. This is always a relevant question, even if the initiative is targeted primarily at teachers. 2.…