What We Can Learn From Ear Doctors and Football Coaches

Brandy Price PhotoBrandy Price is Field Director with the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency program. She is a National Board Certified teacher, a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project, and a community guide for the Redesign Challenge. The first Challenge is: How can educators use video to improve their professional learning? You have until June 22 to submit ideas for a chance at making them real!

Does video save lives? Ten years ago, I would have emphatically said, “No!” I had just learned that National Board Certification process required that I video myself teaching and analyze the footage. At that point, I was pretty convinced that video ruined lives because the video–from finding the equipment to identifying an ace videographer–took so much time! Thankfully, the process is much simpler now. Years later, I understand that videotaping my practice did, indeed, make me a better teacher. I just had to stop focusing on my outfit, my hair…you know the rest. Since embracing video as a reflective tool, I have grown leaps and bounds as an educator. Yet many educators are still reticent to videotape themselves. Why is that when the use of video has become so essential in other professions? Some examples: Read More »

How Teachers Can Talk like TED: 5 Great Ideas

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Christopher Bronke is the English Department Chair at Downers Grove (Ill.) North High School and Community Guide for the Redesign Challenge.  The first Challenge is: How can educators use video to improve their professional learning? You have until June 22 to submit ideas with a chance at making them real. 

Guide.  Listener.  Expert.  Mentor.  Leader.  Teammate.  Innovator. Parent. These are the words that come to mind when asked to describe a “teacher.”  I am sure you could add more to this list.  One word that doesn’t immediately surface for me is “presenter”, yet each day we are on stage, doing multiple performances of the same show for audiences not always thrilled to be there yet with stakes higher than any Broadway show or TED Talk. This got me thinking:Read More »

Redesign Challenge: Check back each week for winners

At the Redesign Challenge (RDC), our mission is to make the Community’s best ideas actually happen. So each week, you will see the names of 3 RDC contributors whose ideas have been selected by by our judges (see contest rules and criteria). They will among a group of RDC community participants invited to Innovator’s Weekend starting July 31-August 2 in Washington DC (expenses paid). There, selected innovators will get even more support to build their ideas and go back to their schools with the resources to try them out. You have until June 22 to submit ideas.

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And there’s more. Each week until June 22, the RDC community will randomly select 2 contributors who will be eligible to win $50 gift certificates. It’s our way of saying thank you for contributing to this growing community (see drawing rules). And now for that list of winners:Read More »

Professional Learning Done Right: Getting Everyone at the Table

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Brandy Price is Field Director with the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency program. She is a National Board Certified teacher, a teacher consultant with the National Writing Project, and a community guide for the Redesign Challenge.

Who has sat through a seemingly interminable and irrelevant two-hour professional learning workshop? My guess: All of us. And, how many of us have breathed a heavy sigh of relief when we learned that the weekly “staff development” meeting was canceled?

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Why Video is the First Redesign Challenge

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Christopher Bronke is the English Department Chair at Downers Grove (Ill.) North High School and Community Guide for the Redesign Challenge.

Stop for one second and come up with a list of the top five biggest issues in education today; go ahead…I’ll wait.  My guess is that some of these came to mind: teacher evaluation, standardized testing, the achievement gap, funding, and maybe a few more.  However, I can virtually guarantee you that videos for professional development was not on your list of five, and quite frankly, it probably wouldn’t have even made a top ten list.  Read More »