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Journal 2013

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From the Editor's Desk Eric Carbaugh, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Middle and Secondary Education, James Madison University This year's journal is themed Taking on Challenges in Teaching, Learning, and Leading. The articles included are stocked with ideas to directly address some of the many challenges facing educators. In the first article, John Hendron and Peter Gretz share a lesson from Goochland County Public Schools for effective technology integration in their article, A K-12 Framework for Technology Integration with a Focus on Workplace Readiness Skills. Next, we have two articles that address the subject of classroom observations from different, although complementary, viewpoints. The first of these is Reliability Meets Reality in Classroom Observation by Vitiello and McCullough. This article examines the issue of conducting reliable classroom observations as part of a fair and representative evaluation system. Next, Sterrett, Ongaga, and Parker share the results of some of their work using peer observation as a professional development tool for teachers in their article, Developing Collaborative Professional Growth through Peer Observations. Last, Vanden Boogart gives us a brief historical overview of curriculum development to provide context for her article, Using the Evolving Role of the Teacher in Curriculum Theory to Target Standards While Combating Standardization. She argues that educators should embrace their role as curriculum developers to professionalize teaching in an era of standardization. I wanted to take a moment say a special "thank you" to Amy Vanden Boogart from George Washington University, who helped to provide high-quality feedback to our authors, as well as Laurie McCullough for her ongoing encouragement. Their support was essential in helping make this year's journal a success. We hope you will enjoy the journal. Please join us in celebrating the quality work being done to overcome challenges confronting education! - Eric Carbaugh 4 vaascd.org Virginia Educational Leadership Vol. 10 No. 1 2013

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