In an ideal world, education policy and practice would exist as parts of a coherent system. Effective practice would inform policy and that policy would, in turn, promote the tenets of effective practice at the local, state, and national levels. Policymakers and practitioners would collaborate and, by extension, have familiarity and respect for one another’s perspective. Unfortunately, our current education system is a far cry from the ideal, a fact that we as practitioners know all too well.

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