Entries by Dr. Cecilia Cunningham

Consortium Matters

Last Spring the Middle College National Consortium (MCNC) held a JAM (an online asynchronous conversation) on the role of Peer Review in teacher evaluation. Consensus was that leadership is needed to create a viable Peer Review Process. While we are in a society that wants results immediately, time is needed for a full implementation of the process while teachers learn to give and receive feedback from peers. The Peer Review Process is most effective when the entire staff works to implement an instructional practice to improve student outcomes. Lastly, Peer Review and evaluation can mix when multiple indicators are used for teacher evaluation and there is role clarity and professional development for implementation

Consortium Matters: The First National Early College Jam

The level of commitment was evident in the passion with which everyone spoke about the students and the work. What quickly became evident as the registrations rolled in the weeks before the Jam is that despite many local adaptations, there is almost unanimous agreement about the program components necessary for students to be successful: engaging demanding academic work coupled with a very high level of student support sets up the expectations for hard work for all students.

Consortium Matters

Early College and the Common Core My column in the last issue may have led the reader to think that I was not in agreement with the Common Core.  The opposite is true. I think the Common Core can, if thoughtfully implemented, provide a very different educational experience for the high school students of this country that […]

Consortium Matters: The Missing Ingredient in School Reform

Your reaction to this title is either, “I have heard all this before” or “now what?”. After all we have had Rigor, Relationships; and Relevance, Testing; No Child Left Behind; Strategic Planning and Comprehensive School Improvement Plans; Testing, Charter, Vouchers, and Choice; advisories and literacy plans; and now College Readiness; the Common Core and possible […]