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Common Core: Adopting & Implementing School-wide Policies & Practices

by Jim Burke Of the many challenges posed by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), few rival those posed by getting all the teachers in a department or even an entire school to adopt and implement common policies or practices. Two examples will suffice: adopting and agreeing to all teach a specific approach to (or […]

Digital Writing: Trading in the Page to Make Your (Power) Point

by Jim Burke Nancy Duarte just released an exciting new digital book titled Slidedocs, which is about composing visual documents to be read (not presented) in PowerPoint or Keynote. (You can download it for free by clicking here.) What intrigues me most about her book is the degree to which it signals a further transition toward […]

The Virtual Classroom

The latest Education Week features an article about the growing interest in virtual education as an economic solution to the mounting costs for "bricks and mortar" education. Instead of a long scream for or against this (at least partially) inevitable reality, I will ask us only to consider this question: What do we do that […]

Teacher, Compose Thyself

I have been attending the 4Cs (Conference on College Composition and Communication) here in San Francisco for the past two days. What has struck me most is the extent to which "composition instructors" and the field in general are, not always willingly or happily, revising the notion of composition to include not only the essay […]

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