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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein



  • Mothballs

    I’m putting EdInsanity away on mothballs indefinitely [insert joke here about how it's effectively been on mothballs for years...]. Per my last post, I start a new job today. It’s an interim position, so I’m leaving open the possibility that I’ll unpack this blog at some point. For now, though, my focus will be on [...]

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  • Seizing an opportunity

    Just when I was getting used to being a tenured, associate professor…   I have agreed to serve my current university, Virginia Commonwealth University, as the Director of Online Academic Programs.1 This is an interim, one year appointment, and I begin, officially, July 25. As I’ve been talking about this professional move with friends and [...]

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  • Educational leadership and mission creep?

    As President of Teachers College, Columbia University1, Dr. Susan Fuhrman recently faced criticism on two fronts. First, there was significant criticism (and even a quiet protest at graduation) over the decision to award the TC Medal of Distinguished Service to New York State Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. According to one petition to stop this award, As [...]

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  • The more things change…

      Two recent articles caught my attention. It’s hard to read them together and not shake your head. The First Race to the Top by William Reese, professor of educational policy studies and history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison The testing groundwork was laid in 1837, when a lawyer and legislator in Massachusetts named Horace Mann became [...]

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  • Exploring the Reggio Approach as a new context for teaching practice

    The title of this post is also the title of an incredible professional learning opportunity for educators to be hosted by Sabot at Stony Point, a PK-8 independent school in Richmond, VA. The title is actually a little misleading, as the Reggio Approach is not “new.” A recent piece in The Atlantic does a pretty [...]

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