Articles written by: Robert Ryshke

Robert Ryshke

Robert Ryshke is the Executive Director of the Center for Teaching at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. He has been in that position for five years. The Center for Teaching designs and implements professional development programs for faculty at Westminster, Drew Charter School and other Atlanta area schools. Prior to being in Atlanta, he was the Head of School at The Meadows School in Las Vegas, NV. His career in education spans 31 years, having started as a science teacher at the Trinity School in New York City in 1979.

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Does An Ideal Classroom Or School Exist?

I believe it is possible to create an ideal school or classroom environment. There are ample examples in public and private schools throughout the US in which schools work tirelessly to shape their school culture to meet the needs of students and teachers, but I believe they come in different shapes and sizes.

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Charter Schools / Community / Georgia Charter School Amendment Series / School Choice

Yes To Amendment 1: So Where Does The Education Path Lead?

With the passage of Amendment 1, the “Charter School Amendment” in Georgia, now is the time to plan and look ahead. This is my challenge to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as he begins the process of implementing the Amendment 1 program.

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Charter Schools / Community / Georgia Charter School Amendment Series / School Choice

Where Are Our Children In The Conversation Around Amendment One?

I find it very interesting that in all the political rhetoric around Amendment 1, there is almost no conversation about what is best for students in Georgia. For me the issue is how do we improve public education in Georgia, and how do we do it with speed and fidelity?

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Participation Counts For 20 Percent Of Your Grade

Why do teachers count class participation as part of a student’s achievement grade? Is there a direct correlation between how much a student participates in a class and academic achievement? Is there a direct correlation between the quality of a student’s level of participation in a class and academic achievement?

An Update: APS Board Of Education Sees The Light
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An Update: APS Board Of Education Sees The Light

On July 9th, the Atlanta Public School’s Board of Education, with the support of Superintendent Dr. Erroll Davis, approved Drew Charter School’s amended charter to expand its K-8 program.

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Teachers Crave Meaningful Feedback And Want to Learn

Everyone believes they can define what it means to be a good teacher because just about everyone has experienced being in relationship with a “good teacher.” I believe our profession needs to take an active stand, creating a more demanding model for good teaching that highlights the qualities of a good teacher.

The Future of Faculty Professional Development
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The Future of Faculty Professional Development

The mission of the CFT is to advance educators and the teaching profession in quality and professional stature through programs and resources which promote expertise both in the science and the art of education.