Teachers and superintendents should walk in the others' shoes to get a better understanding of each side, writes Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Social studies teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo had asked readers of his blog to offer suggestions for how teachers and superintendents can best relate to each other and Weingarten responded. Among Weingarten's suggestions is developing constructive relationships built on mutual respect. "In short -- what the education world needs today are fewer John Waynes and more John Deweys," Weingarten writes.

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