From Dave Boliek, QTL CEO

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Common Core — For Success Keep Everyone in the Loop

The move to the Common Core State Standards requires much more than adopting a new curriculum and some new standards.  Common Core requires not only a major change in what teachers teach, but also a major shift in the way they teach. Many states have done a good job letting their educators know “what” has … Continue reading

Stop This Train That's Going in the Wrong Direction

By Dave Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning I’m starting to write before I finish reading and that’s liable to be dangerous, but I have just gotten through the introduction of a just released report and recommend it to you.  A bunch of school superintendents in Texas, sincerely PO’d at the current … Continue reading

Dropouts – Fighting the Wrong Fight?

Dave Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning The studies are legion.  The recommendations plentious.  Dollars spent – phenominal.  Yet after 30-40 years of hand-wringing over “the dropout problem” there’s no real progress; we still lose about a third of our ninth graders to the dropout zone rather than 12th grade graduation.  There … Continue reading

Where Does Creativity Go?

Dave Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning Several years ago at the National School Boards Association‘s Technology and Learning conference in Denver, I heard a talk by Sir Ken Robinson, a British ex-patriot now living in California.  Sir Ken’s philosophy is that creativity should be as important a priority in schools as … Continue reading

Engaged Students Don’t Drop Out.

David L. Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning I couldn’t sleep the other morning and was chasing down research on dropouts and dropout prevention. We all know there are umpty-hundred reasons young people drop out, but if you go to “The Silent Epidemic” where Civic Enterprises interviewed real, live dropouts who try … Continue reading

The Plugged-In School

By Dave Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning The National Staff Development Council recently in its Learning System publication detailed a mythical “plugged-in” school in which districts harness technology to attract and retain new teachers. This is worth your time to read this report and reflect on the possibilities. Folks like my … Continue reading

High Impact Instruction

Robin Fred The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning A great teacher has more impact on a student’s success than perhaps any other factor.  I’m sitting in a presentation that my colleague Rachel Porter is leading at North Carolina’s Summer Conference for Career & Technical Educators.  She’s talking about the different types of learners and … Continue reading

Avoidable Losses: How High Stakes Accountability Rewards High Schools for Pushing Kids Out

David L. Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning The system spawned by No Child Left Behind can and has led to schools encouraging low performing students to drop out. Say what?!?!? If you dump low performers, school scores go up. Yep. A study released Jan 31, 2008 and viewed only 2150 times … Continue reading

Collaboration Gains Student a National Award

Dave Boliek QTL CEO The great leveler in education is innovation in a context of collaborative, high quality teaching that focuses on meeting identified student needs. When educators work toward that goal… things change and change bigtime. More often than not teachers work in their own silo… their own content area… their own classroom. It’s … Continue reading

Failure to Invest in Teachers Carries a Heavy Price Tag

David L. Boliek CEO, The Centers for Quality Teaching and Learning Where can we find $15 billion dollars income for North Carolinians? Or better yet, where is $15 billion dollars going, every year? North Carolina’s newly released dropout figures show that the state has blown – thrown away – $15,296,399,200 in income by the simple … Continue reading

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