Teaching Remedial Writing (Hint: Mend it, Don’t End It)

November 26, 2013 | Blog

Since I’m in the midst of a sabbatical, for the upcoming months my blog will feature writing by talented colleagues…

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Time with Teachers– or What I Did on my Summer Vacation

July 25, 2013 | Blog

I am a tenured professor, and this is July of my first-ever sabbatical.  According to many critics of higher education,…

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Hard Questions About Teaching at UW-Madison

May 7, 2013 | Blog

I received the following letter this morning from a colleague, and with her permission I am reprinting it because  the…

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Derek Bok & the Path to Changing Faculty Teaching Practices

April 15, 2012 | Blog

Last night Liam and I attended a talk by Derek Bok, Harvard’s president emeritus, hosted by the Spencer Foundation at…

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Focus On Developing Teachers, Not Simply Measuring Them

February 9, 2012 | Blog

This cross-posted item is from a piece I wrote for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s TOP-Ed blog. ———————————————– Amid the…

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Baking Bread Without The Yeast

January 19, 2012 | Blog

Among my son’s favorite books are the ones in Richard Scarry’s Busytown series. In What Do People Do All Day?,…

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ESEA Come, ESEA Go

October 13, 2011 | Blog

The chatter among the education cognescenti this week is about what is and what isn’t in the bipartisan ESEA draft…

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It Rhymes With ‘Tool’

August 9, 2011 | Blog

UPDATED, 8/11/2011, 1:10 pm Thursday morning in Washington DC — the only city that could host such a vacuous, inane…

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A Few Thoughts on Faculty Productivity

June 10, 2011 | Blog

Richard Vedder isn’t an easy guy to get along with, but he’s good at one thing: pushing the agenda, sometimes…

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Building A Better Teacher

December 2, 2010 | Blog

If you haven’t been reading the excellent “Building A Better Teacher” news series in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, you should be….

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