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You are invited to add your unique voice and perspective to a vibrant, forward thinking conversation around some of the most timely topics in the education sector.   We welcome sophisticated commentary, similar to that found in the world’s leading publications, that covers a wide range of education related topics and draws fresh connections to contemporary issues.  As a contributor you will both be invited to discuss topics of our choosing and have the exciting opportunity to create content of your choice around subjects that interest you as both a scholar and practitioner.  Let’s work together to move the conversation around education further into the future while reframing and evaluating scholarship of the past.




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by Nai-Cheng Kuo — 2018
This commentary argues that edTPA should be modified, or replaced, to produce more fair, equitable, and meaningful outcomes among teacher candidates.

by Heather Reynolds & Ron Avi Astor — 2018
The authors of this commentary argue that school board members need to develop strategies supported by research with accurate, local, school-by-school data.

by Brian Gibbs — 2018
This commentary discusses the difficulty and necessity of teaching in “the now,” by responding to ongoing current events that are difficult to teach in our current social, cultural, and political context. The author says these complex moments and ideas need to be taught as they are impacting and affecting students.

by Cindy D'On Jones, K. Lea Priestley & Guoqin Ding — 2018
English learners who experience learning difficulties face unique challenges in accessing instructional resources for optimal learning. In this commentary, the authors highlight four instructional considerations and how these often result in less than ideal instructional placement for these students.

by Nadine Dolby — 2018
In this commentary, the author reflects on what she has learned about math as an adult, through helping her daughter.

by Brett Bertucio & Benjamin Marcus — 2018
The authors of this commentary argue that religious literacy should be considered an essential part of social studies curricula, enabling students to better understand many issues in contemporary culture.

by JuliAnna Ávila — 2018
In this commentary, the author asks: if we, as teacher educators, are subject to external mandates and directives to implement externally-scored assessments (e.g., edTPA), then how can we help students conceptualize them in constructive, and not simply compliant, ways?

by Peter Keo — 2018
This commentary argues that there is a lack of nuance on both sides of the Asian-American affirmative action debate. The author presents two nuances to stimulate further discussion aimed at dismantling a larger project of structural racism in which Asian Americans have been silenced and invisible.

by Zoë Burkholder — 2018
Recent hate crimes in America highlight the vital importance of deliberately teaching students about race, racism, anti-Semitism, and how to speak out against bias. New Jersey provides a model for mandating Holocaust and genocide education in public schools.

by Emily Hodge, Susanna Benko & Serena Salloum — 2018
This commentary argues that new providers of curricular resources may be changing the marketplace of curriculum materials; however, different types of providers may imply distinct views of the role of teachers in curriculum and instruction.

by Sarah Bush & Kristin Cook — 2018
This commentary discusses the roots and purpose of both K-12 STEM and STEAM education in the United States. The authors advocate for STEAM as a way to engage more students in mathematics and science, while being guided by the three E's: Equity, Empathy, and Experience.

by Rob Wieman & James Hiebert — 2018
Educational researchers and theorists have noted the importance of student experimentation and learning from mistakes. The authors of this commentary argue that teachers need the same kinds of opportunities, calling for a cultural shift that acknowledges the centrality of experimentation, which inevitably includes mistakes, in teaching and teacher learning.

by Richard Fossey & Perry Zirkel — 2018
In May 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that universities within its jurisdiction have a limited duty to prevent their students from committing suicide.

by Jeff Frank — 2018
The confirmation hearings of Judge Brett Kavanaugh brought the toxic culture that exists at elite educational institutions to light. This commentary argues that elite institutions should remember that there is an important difference between character and privilege and that they should aim to graduate students of character, even if this means doing the hard work of exposing the damaging effects of privilege in the process.

by Robin Moten — 2018
This commentary examines how a high school English teacher approaches teaching a course, the very title of which connotes political bias, and discusses the importance of facilitating authentic conversations.

by Robert Cloud & Richard Fossey — 2018
The California Supreme Court ruled that universities have a special relationship with their students that obligates them to protect students from foreseeable harm while students are in their classrooms or participating in curriculum-related activities.

by Douglas D. Ready, Iris Daruwala & Shani Bretas — 2018
In this commentary, authors situate the relatively new wave of technology-enabled personalized learning platforms within the broader context of institutional accountability.

by Yong Zhao, Alma Harris & Michelle Jones — 2018
This commentary examines the side effects of PISA evidence-based policy recommendations.

by Peshe Kuriloff — 2018
In this commentary, the author argues that teachers need more exposure to challenging school settings and better preparation for helping students with circumstances that extend beyond the classroom.

by Nadine Dolby — 2018
In this commentary, the author reflects on what she has learned about gifted education from the perspective of a parent.

by Brian Gibbs — 2018
This commentary engages the "sell out" phenomenon that often plagues justice oriented educators: not being able to engage in all forms of resistance and interruption often weighs on teachers engaged in critical teaching.

by Kate Napolitan & Michael Bowman — 2018
The authors of this commentary argue that teacher educators and future teachers need to understand politically-engaged and community-focused teaching as deeply rooted in the history of education. Teacher education should create spaces to meet what the authors call "historical mentors."

by Amber Mormann-Peraza — 2018
Standardized test scores have become one of the most common sources of data used for measuring equity along racial and ethnic lines, however, other than providing compelling evidence that disparities exist, standardized tests are a severely limited tool for supplying useful information related to educational equity.

by Min Hwangbo — 2018
This commentary reflects social-emotional learning and data use as a response to the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, a federal recommendation to address persistent opportunity gaps among students of color so that all young children can reach their full potential.

by Richard Fossey — 2018
What can happen if a university budget director expresses ethical concerns about how the university’s budget is reported? Can she be fired?

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  • The rise of grit as an aspect of character and a trait to teach to students. This has been elaborated recently in Paul Tough's book: How children succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character. Thank you.
  • PLEASE DISREGARD MY LAST COMMENTARY SUGGESTION and read this instead: I would be interested in a commentary on how gender bias negatively affects relationships between young boys and women educators. This past fall I tried unsuccessfully to address this issue in a never-published letter to the editor submitted to the magazine, Teaching Tolerance, in which I called attention to the lack of critical perspective in a Teaching Tolerance article by a woman educator who described an eight-year-old male student whom she admired as a "knight in shining armor." In my view, smart, competent, mature women educators need to avoid sentimentalizing their connections with boys by projecting onto them the “rescuing hero” image, even in fantasy. It must be completely clear to boys that the women in their lives are grown-ups who can be trusted to use their much greater power responsibly, and to avoid the error of casting themselves as helpless princesses-to-be-rescued in their relationships with males. Women educators of boys who fail critically to distance themselves from gender stereotyping are subjecting the much-less-powerful boys in their charge to the developmentally inappropriate and emotionally harmful expectation that they should fulfill an inhuman ideal – the ideal of the “knight” or invulnerable hero who always can rise above human physical and emotional vulnerability, and always already has the knowledge and skill needed to fix any problem (to "come to the rescue"). Boys need to be accepted, and related to by adults, as being who they actually are - physically and emotionally vulnerable, only partially knowledgeable and competent, growing human beings who are nothing like knights in shining armor. This is important both for the boys’ sake and for the good of people with whom they interact throughout their lives. (How many of the dominating, oppressive men in our world today are still, on the inside, little boys trying to live up to a female caretaker’s sentimental expectation that they should be invulnerable and all-powerful?) I would be interested in authoring this commentary for TCR, perhaps using my rejected letter to Teaching Tolerance as a jumping-off point and making connections with relevant findings from psychological research on how gender bias harms boys. Without repeating anything I have published elsewhere, I would draw upon my past experience examining – from other angles – the issue of how gender bias affects boys in the following publications: G. Bynum (2011), “The Critical Humanisms of Dorothy Dinnerstein and Immanuel Kant Employed for Responding to Gender Bias: A Study, and an Exercise, in Radical Critique,” Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 30, No. 4, 385-402; and G. Bynum (2007), Dissertation: Human Rights Education and Kant’s Critical Humanism, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University. Thank you very much for considering this idea. Sincerely, Dr. Gregory Bynum Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Studies, SUNY New Paltz
  • I would be interested in a commentary on how gender bias negatively affects relationships between young boys and women educators. This past fall I tried unsuccessfully to address this issue in a never-published letter to the editor submitted to the magazine, Teaching Tolerance, in which I called attention to the lack of critical perspective in a Teaching Tolerance article by a woman educator who described an eight-year-old male student whom she admired as a "knight in shining armor." In my view, smart, competent, mature women educators must stop sentimentalizing their connections with boys by projecting onto them the “rescuing hero” image, even in fantasy. It must be completely clear to boys that the women in their lives are grown-ups who can be trusted to use their much greater power responsibly and to avoid the immature, narcissistic error of casting themselves as helpless, infantile princesses in their relationships with males. Women educators of boys who fail critically to distance themselves from gender stereotyping are subjecting the much-less-powerful boys in their charge to the developmentally inappropriate and emotionally harmful expectation that they must fulfill an inhuman ideal – the ideal of the “knight” or invulnerable hero who always can rise above human physical and emotional vulnerability, and always already has the knowledge and skill needed to fix any problem (to "come to the rescue"). Boys need to be accepted, and related to by adults, as being who they actually are - physically and emotionally vulnerable, only partially knowledgeable and competent, growing human beings who are nothing like knights in shining armor. This is important both for the boys’ sake and for the good of people with whom they interact throughout their lives. (How many of the dominating, oppressive men in our world today are still, on the inside, little boys trying to live up to a female caretaker’s sentimental expectation that they should be invulnerable and all-powerful?) I would be interested in authoring this commentary for TCR, perhaps using my experience with Teaching Tolerance as a jumping-off point and making connections with relevant findings from psychological research on how gender bias harms boys. Without repeating anything I have published elsewhere, I would draw upon my past experience examining – from other angles – the issue of how gender bias affects boys in the following publications: G. Bynum (2011), “The Critical Humanisms of Dorothy Dinnerstein and Immanuel Kant Employed for Responding to Gender Bias: A Study, and an Exercise, in Radical Critique,” Studies in Philosophy and Education, Vol. 30, No. 4, 385-402; and G. Bynum (2007), Dissertation: Human Rights Education and Kant’s Critical Humanism, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University.
  • Hello! I have a commentary suggestions related to emerging trends in technology and teacher education. I am very interested in seeing a commentary that describes and provides a strong case for increasing integration of digital learing and literacies in preservice teacher education courses. Ray Kurzweil writes about accelerating advances in technology and preservice teachers may not be keeping apace with these changes if their professors are not. This commentary could focus on: What are exemplar practices in teacher education for integrating/modeling/encouraging all teachers to see literacy practices as new literacy practices? This commentary could describe such cutting-edge trends and make a compelling case for the pressing urgency with which teacher educators themselves need to align higher education instruction with both PK-12 practices as well as innovations in online learning. I would be interested in writing this commentary as I teach extensively online (in both 100% online and hybrid formats) and do research on teacher education and digital literacy learning as it is related to multimedia and literacy practice. Thanks! Peggy Semingson peggys@uta.edu https://www.uta.edu/ra/real/editprofile.php?onlyview=1&pid=2555 http://www.tcrecord.org/AuthorDisplay.asp?aid=20273
  • An international acceptance of the value of early childhood education (ECE) is based mostly on research from developed countries which leaves many unanswered questions about the impact of ECE on children in developing countries. We are currently engaged in a three-year research project on the impact of ECE on children in Madagascar and would like to comment on what the extant research tells us about how to conduct ECE research in developing countries.

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