Category Archives: academia

Traversing the Chasm between Research and Practice in Education: My response to “Professors, We Need You!”

Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes columnist, recently published “Professors, We Need You!” This piece argued that academics are essentially irrelevant in the biggest debates in our society because they isolate themselves in the ivory tower and cultivate a culture that values nearly … Continue reading

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PhDs as K12 teachers

It seems that my husband and I are somewhat unique–we both have PhDs and have chosen to return to the high school classroom rather than pursuing careers as college professors. I often feel like the world looks at this choice … Continue reading

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an example of how research positions teachers…

In the quasi-rant about educational research that I posted last evening, I mentioned that I thought the research I was asked to read and study during the first year of my doctoral program (and use as an example of quality … Continue reading

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Frustrations with research

A conversation with F. Scott today sent me into a bit of a tailspin. This and a string of conversations I’ve had over the last week, hearkened back to the thoughts I expressed a while back after my experience presenting … Continue reading

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Armies of Educational Researchers Afoot

This weekend, I attended and presented at my first conference for the American Educational Research Association. I was stunned at the scope of the conference. It lasts for nearly a week, with conference sessions running all day each day, with … Continue reading

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