All posts by Nancy Flanagan

Nancy Flanagan is an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership. She spent 30 years in a K-12 music classroom in Hartland, Mich, and was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993. She is National Board-certified, and a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. She welcomes feedback on her sharp-eyed perspectives on the inconsistencies and inspirations, the incomprehensible, immoral and imaginative, in American education. She is a digital organizer for IDEA (Institute for Democratic Education in America). You can follow her on Twitter @nancyflanagan

The Four Things You Need to Create a Good School

It’s a scenario that’s been posited before, many times: If you could start over–no residual assumptions–and build an ideal school from the ground up, what would you keep? What would you discard?

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My friend Sam Chaltain asked these questions recently, in his excellent blog and on Twitter. …

The Disruptors

I spent 30 years in the classroom. So I know a little something about kids who disrupt the flow of learning, having faced them frequently—say, daily—for those three decades. And if there’s one thing I know for sure about kids who are disruptive, it’s this: they’re all different.…