Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 10-30-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP



Modern School: Former Porn Actress Appealing Her Firing as a Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 minutes ago
Modern School: Former Porn Actress Appealing Her Firing as a Teacher: Former Porn Actress Appealing Her Firing as a Teacher by Michael Dunn Stacie Halas was a science teacher at Richard B. Haydock Intermediate School, in Oxnard, California, until she was fired for having once been a porn actress. Her school board argued that her past was disruptive to the teaching environment. Halas is now appealing her dismissal. Halas acted in pornographic films for 8 months from 2005 to 2006 because of financial duress, her attorney told a panel of judges last week, but she never acted in any... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Who's In?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 24 minutes ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Who's In?: Who's In? by Melissa Westbrook It's an interesting thing to see who has endorsed which campaign around I-1240. First, you can thank me for the Yes side even *having* an endorsement page because they didn't have one for months. But I kept calling it out at debates and I guess they got embarrassed. What is kind of cute is the little mini-bios they have for every single person listed (but it does make the page look longer). For variety, there isn't a lot of comparison. The Yes is a lot of business groups/ed reformers and, for the elec... more »

‘Open’ and ‘closed’ education: In between face-to-face and online learning | Education | M.A.Escotet

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‘Open’ and ‘closed’ education: In between face-to-face and online learning | Education | M.A.Escotet: ‘Open’ and ‘closed’ education: In between face-to-face and online learning by Miguel Angel Escotet Open *education *is particularly characterized by the removal of restrictions, exclusions and privileges; by the accreditation of students’ previous ex­perience; by the flexibility of the management of the time variable; and by substantial changes in the traditional relationship between professors and students. On the other hand, *distance or virtual education *is a modality which p... more »

Charter school Initiative 1240: A video | Seattle Education

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Charter school Initiative 1240: A video | Seattle Education: Charter school Initiative 1240: A video Posted on October 30, 2012 by seattleducation2011 | Leave a comment [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)]

Single White Female | EduShyster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Single White Female | EduShyster: Single White Female by edushyster2012 Many studies show that young white teachers are fresher and more innovative than their LIFO lifer peers of other races. The achievement gap is the civil rights issue of our time—which is why it may be necessary for us to destroy a large part of the Black middle class in order to achieve our goal of closing said gap. No doubt you think I’m being all hyperbolick-y up in here but allow me to explain. During the Chicago Teachers Union strike I encountered a stunning statistic. Since education reform arrived in Chica... more »

So Much On My Mind That I Can’t Recline [On Hurricane Sandy] | The Jose Vilson

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So Much On My Mind That I Can’t Recline [On Hurricane Sandy] | The Jose Vilson: So Much On My Mind That I Can’t Recline [On Hurricane Sandy] by Jose Hurricane Sandy Hits South Carolina Beach *The new moon rode high in the crown of the metropolis,* *Shinin’, like “Who on top of this?”* - Mos Def in Blackstar’s “Respiration” Flashlights. Bottles of water. Cereal. Baby food. Milk. Batteries. Charged devices. Landline phone on deck. Ready-to-eat foods. As we went through the list at the supermarket, I found myself feeling stupid for thinking it wasn’t going to be that bad. Chalk it up to... more »

Newsflash: The Vallas Group and Cambium Education in Divorce proceedings? - Wait, What?

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Newsflash: The Vallas Group and Cambium Education in Divorce proceedings? - Wait, What?: Newsflash: The Vallas Group and Cambium Education in Divorce proceedings? by jonpelto In June, Wall Street investors were told the “Cambium Learning® Group, the nation’s leading educational provider focused primarily on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations, announced an exclusive partnership with The Vallas Group, Inc. to bring nationally known education reform leader Paul Vallas’ unique school improvement model to struggling schools across the nation.” Weeks later came...more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Some "Truths" About Teaching!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Some "Truths" About Teaching!: Some "Truths" About Teaching! by Lisa M Source: elementary-teacher-resources.com via TeachHUB.com on Pinterest Since I'm not at work because of Hurricane Sandy, it gave me some time to peruse Pinterest, and I came across this poster. I think it's funny.:) It also made me think about some of the "truths" about teaching, especially if someone is choosing to go into this profession now. So, here are my "truths." - You can not go to the bathroom whenever you want. You will have to either hold it, or get someone ... more »

Daily Kos: Frank Schaeffer is on fire today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Daily Kos: Frank Schaeffer is on fire today: Frank Schaeffer is on fire today by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) as I discovered by following his Twitter feed where he is laying it out bluntly for White Evangelicals who say they are voting for Romney, with tweets like these: point out they are working to elect a job-destroying tax-avoiding lying flip-flopping Swiss bank account collecting draft dodger who is running with a disciple of the God-hating, Jesus-mocking hater-of-the-poor Ayn Rand, for their presidential candidate and these back to back: at the very same time as Frankl... more »

The No on Initiative 1240 campaign needs YOU | Seattle Education

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The No on Initiative 1240 campaign needs YOU | Seattle Education: The No on Initiative 1240 campaign needs YOU Posted on October 30, 2012 by seattleducation2011 | Leave a comment [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] From the No on Initiative 1240 campaign: Last week an unprecedented 20,000 Washington voters joined a state wide conference call to learn about the damaging effect I-1240 would have on our public schools. Despite a $9 million advertising blitz in support of I-1240, an overwhelming majority of voters on the call said that they preferred reducing classroom size over fundi... more »

Schools Matter: A Lesson In Thinking About Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Schools Matter: A Lesson In Thinking About Education: A Lesson In Thinking About Education by Storm I imagine too few of us know well Mill's *On Liberty. *Let me press you to read it at the first opportunity, no, make an opportunity to read it now. (There is a good audio version available as well.) What is this essay about but the education of the human species and the role of social management in that education? I hope you can at least find the time to bear with this excerpt as it seems to me most pertinent for this audience of readers and bloggers. I am not comfortable with... more »

Shanker Blog » Surveying The Teacher Opinion Landscape

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Shanker Blog » Surveying The Teacher Opinion Landscape: Surveying The Teacher Opinion Landscape by Matthew Di Carlo I’m a big fan of surveys of teachers’ opinions of education policy, not only because of educators’ valuable policy-relevant knowledge, but also because their views are sometimes misrepresented or disregarded in our public discourse. For instance, the diverse set of ideas that might be loosely characterized as “market-based reform” faces a bit of tension when it comes to teacher support. Without question, some teachers support the more controversial market-based poli... more »

Diane in the Evening 10-30-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Teacher Who Said “I Quit” Responds to Some Critics by dianerav Kris Neilsen is the teacher who wrote the post explaining why he quit in North Carolina. His post went viral. He has posted several comments on the blog. Here is one of them: *Victims are the ones who stay, play by the crushing rules, and churn out students who are good at passing tests.* *I am not that. I am an activist. I got the attention of the leadership in my state, and I plan to engage them over * Is Rocketship the Wave of the Future? by dianerav Experienced journalist Tom Toch visited a... more »

7 Days Until the Election, Polls Show Youth Still Need Basic Info. on Voting

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CIRCLE » Knowledge about Voter Laws Still Lacking: Knowledge about Voter Laws Still Lacking *Over 40% of young Americans “don’t know” key information about voting process* On Monday, CIRCLE released a groundbreaking poll of young people’s views of the election. The survey, commissioned by the Youth Education Fund, is unique in that it polled 1,695 youth (ages 18-29) in June/July and 1,109 of the same youth between October 12 and 23. Surveying the same people twice provides powerful evidence of change over time. *State of Young American’s Voter Law Knowledge* State voting and registr... more »

PSAT for 10-30-12: Boycott Amazon? Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 10-30-12: Boycott Amazon?: PSAT for 10-30-12: Boycott Amazon? by admin [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] I try to use the first PSAT of the month (when I remember) to identify some of the worst enemies of public education for us to boycott. So far, I’ve gleefully picked on Bill Gates,Penny Pritzker, Bruce Rauner and Walmart, and generally followed my own advice. I’m doing November’s entry a week early to highlight a ballot proposition in Washington state that will be decided next Tuesday. And this time I hav... more »

UPDATE: Should a teacher lose job for urging kids to check answers? | Get Schooled

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Should a teacher lose job for urging kids to check answers? | Get Schooled: Should a teacher lose job for urging kids to check answers? 11:05 am October 30, 2012, by Maureen Downey [image: Precious Moon, APS tribunal photo] Kent D. Johnson, kdjohnson@ajc.com Precious Moon testifies during her tribunal Oct. 29, 2012. Moon, a teacher and CRCT test administrator at M.A. Jones Elementary School, is accused of prompting students to change the answers on their tests when she knew they had marked an incorrect answer. She also allegedly provided the students with the correct answers on the t... more »

Please Vote For President Obama because Uh Oh, Ann Romney Wants to Champion Education | Education on GOOD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Uh Oh, Ann Romney Wants to Champion Education | Education on GOOD: Uh Oh, Ann Romney Wants to Champion Education [image: ann.romney] It's become a tradition for the First Lady to become an advocate for an issue most Americans can get behind. With her "Let’s Move!" childhood obesity campaign, First Lady Michelle Obama's brought some fun to healthy eating healthy and getting fit—she got Beyoncé on board and Mrs. O actually did the Dougie with middle schoolers in Washington D.C. last spring. Well, it turns out that if she becomes First Lady, Ann Romney wants to be involved with school... more »

UPDATE: FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, October 30, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: DR. AMI BERA | BERA FOR CONGRESS [image: Dr. Ami Bera | Bera for Congress] Making Washington Work Sacramento County needs a bold leader who sees Congress as an opportunity to serve. Like the oath I took to become a Doctor, I take another solemn oath to put people first. In Congress, I pledge: Education Headlines *Tuesday, October 30, 2012* New charter school proposed in YrekaHope Charter School would hold classes three days a week from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for instruction on the core subjects – mathematics and language arts. One ... more »

Modern School: California Schools Not Providing Free, Safe Drinking Water

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Modern School: California Schools Not Providing Free, Safe Drinking Water: California Schools Not Providing Free, Safe Drinking Water by Michael Dunn Several recent state and federal laws now require schools to provide free, fresh drinking water wherever meals are served or eaten. Free water in meal areas not only benefits students who cannot afford flavored beverages or who do not like milk, it encourages all students to drink water, which is a healthier choice than juice or soda. While providing free, fresh water in meal areas seems like a no-brainer, 25% of California school... more »

UPDATE: Everyone in my Brooklyn family is okay this morning. I’m thinking of the others who may not have fared so well. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Everyone in my Brooklyn family is okay this morning. I’m thinking of the others who may not have fared so well. « Fred Klonsky: CTU challenges the slow chipping away at the pension protection clause of the state constitution. by Fred Klonsky Let’s consider this scenario: A school district employee works as a teacher for 20 years. She pays into the state’s retirement system 9.4% of her salary every paycheck as she is required to do. Let’s say that her salary after 20 years and having moved through all her possible professional growth lanes is now around $80 or 90 K. By the way, ov... more »

Schools Matter: Newark Teachers: Reject Weingarten's Betrayal Teachers

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Schools Matter: Newark Teachers: Reject Weingarten's Betrayal Teachers: Newark Teachers: Reject Weingarten's Betrayal Teachers by Jim Horn Everywhere AFT's lead lawyer goes to "help" negotiate for teachers, she leaves a wake of destruction for the profession. But, then, that is what she is paid to do, as she works off her debt to Bloomberg and the plutocrats for making her president of AFT in the first place. In Newark, she has now added to her impressive list of betrayals by cutting a deal with Cory Booker and the Facebook chief twink to offer a meritless bonus pay plan that ha... more »

UPDATE: Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Masters of disaster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Masters of disaster: Masters of disaster by Mike Klonsky Oyster Creek Such a pretty name. Wait, what? MYFOXNY.COM *- An alert was declared at the Oyster Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey because of water exceeding certain high water level criteria in the plant's water intake structure, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Oyster Creek plant is in Lacey Township, N.J. It gets its cooling water from the Barnegat Bay. It is the nation's oldest nuclear power plant.* Republicans are begging that Sandy not be "politicized". Who ... more »

Challenging Assumptions About Educating 'Those Children' - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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Challenging Assumptions About Educating 'Those Children' - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Challenging Assumptions About Educating 'Those Children' by Pedro Noguera Pedro Noguera Deborah Meier Deborah Meier—visionary teacher and founder of successful small schools in New York City and Boston—and Pedro Noguera—author and director of the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education—debate issues relevant to schools, teachers, and students. Dear Deborah, Thanks for the updates from Belgium. I knew things must be hard there given the prolonged recession, but I am glad to hear that p... more »

Stop Saying "Entrepreneur" - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

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Stop Saying "Entrepreneur" - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Stop Saying "Entrepreneur" by Nancy Flanagan One of the best blogs I've read in a long time--with bonus points for the headline--was written by Katie Osgood, the Chicago special education teacher who penned *Paul Tough is Way Off Base. And Stop Saying 'Grit.'*Osgood's piece points out that Tough's "new" premise--character matters more than data upticks in eventual outcomes for American kids--is hardly a novelty, or surprising to teachers. And "grit," the buzzword that summarizes student perseverance... more »

The Missing Link « My Island View

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
The Missing Link « My Island View: The Missing Link by tomwhitby One of the many things that I love about my job is my freedom to attend national education conferences for the purpose of meeting with educators and commenting on trends and changes in the education system many of which are introduced, and explored at these conferences. I wish I could say that I could objectively report on the influences these conferences have on education, but my personal bias as a long, long time public educator prevents that from happening. I will always view these through the eyes of a classroom... more »

Powerful Coalition Opposes NCLB Waivers in New Jersey - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Powerful Coalition Opposes NCLB Waivers in New Jersey - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Powerful Coalition Opposes NCLB Waivers in New Jersey by Anthony Cody A remarkable coalition of individuals and organizations, many of them with deep roots in the African American and Latino communities, is calling upon the Department of Education to abandon plans to implement new policies associated with NCLB waivers in the state of New Jersey. In the past, some leaders in the African American and Latino communities have supported NCLB, believing it would result in improved outcom... more »

DHS Proposes Cybersecurity Education to Begin in Kindergarten

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
DHS Proposes Cybersecurity Education to Begin in Kindergarten: DHS Proposes Cybersecurity Education to Begin in KindergartenWritten by Brian Koenig - font size [image: decrease font size] [image: increase font size] - Print [image: DHS Proposes Cybersecurity Education to Begin in Kindergarten] In an effort to embolden the next generation of cyber professionals, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is devising an initiative to encourage and equip young Americans with knowledge and skills in the science of cybersecurity. Writing a blog entitled, “Inspiring the Next Gene... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 10-30-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The Biggest Problem in U.S. Education Is….? by dianerav Chris Lehman has written an excellent post pulling together solid data about the “reformers’” solutions and the issue that refuse to address: poverty. What is the problem in U.S. education? What is the cause of low test scores? Is it bad teachers, as the reformers claim? Or is it poverty, where the U.S. leads the advanced nations of the world? Can school reform cure poverty? Has it? If you don’t address the causes, you will never solve the problem of low... more »

Taiwan tries to recruit California students to its universities | toteachornototeach

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Taiwan tries to recruit California students to its universities | toteachornototeach: Taiwan tries to recruit California students to its universities by aristotlethewise *Taiwan tries to recruit California students to its universities * *Taiwan’s minister of education,Wei-Ling Chiang, travels to California * *to encourage Taiwanese American students to enroll at its universities.* By Frank Shyong Taiwan’s minister of education, Wei-Ling Chiang, traveled toCalifornia last week to address a rarely discussed trade imbalance with theUnited States. “Just 3,561 American-born students are en... more »

UPDATE: Daily Kos: Eugene Robinson's column is about more than FEMA

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Daily Kos: Eugene Robinson's column is about more than FEMA: Eugene Robinson's column is about more than FEMA by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) His column, Romney would pass the buck on disasters, has the FEMA aspects of it featured in the Pundit Roundup on the Front Page. But Romney's attitude on FEMA is only part of it, because his attitude on this agency is emblematic of his attitude towards the Federal government as a whole. The title given the column by the editors does not fully represent the content. Here are three key paragraphs from the column: Most disastrously, this is ...more »

Boards, teachers must be careful to toe the line on advocacy | EdSource Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Boards, teachers must be careful to toe the line on advocacy | EdSource Today: Boards, teachers must be careful to toe the line on advocacy ** October 30th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services The humanities professor from California State University, Monterey Bay who was sued by the conservative Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association this month for urging his students in an email to vote for the tax initiative Proposition 30 ran afoul of the state law (Government Code Section 8314) that... more »

Reform ‘insanity’ in a single chart

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Reform ‘insanity’ in a single chart: Reform ‘insanity’ in a single chart Posted by Valerie Strauss on October 30, 2012 at 5:00 am Insanity is sometimes defined as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Below is what Paul T**homas, an associate professor of education at Furman University in South Carolina, calls his “insanity chart” that starkly shows the problems facing public schools and the (same) approach taken to fix it by the “no excuses” brand of school reform espoused by Michelle Rhee and her supporters. This was first published on theScho... more »

Our Schools Are Not Broken. Letter To The EditorSave Our Schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Our Schools Are Not Broken. Letter To The EditorSave Our Schools: Our Schools Are Not Broken. Letter To The Editor by Server [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] The Yakima Herald Endorses YES on 1240 – A Tool to Improve Our Public Schools: Jane Watson writes TO THE EDITOR:Your editorial on Oct. 24 (“I-1240 would offer a tool that could help fix state schools”) had a false premise. OUR SCHOOLS ARE NOT BROKEN. When scores are disaggregated for poverty, the US is one of the top countries internationally on the PISA Internationally. PISA (Program for International Student Assessmen... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: "I'm just no good at kindergarten, just no good at all.”

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: "I'm just no good at kindergarten, just no good at all.”: "I'm just no good at kindergarten, just no good at all.” by stlgretchen Students, get ready to test, test, test! Teachers must prepare 5 year old children for the workforce! Yesterday we wrote about a teacher who quit because of common core standards, top down testing and administrators who cared more about testing results than authentic learning. Today we feature a story from Chicago and a mother's observation on her kindergartner's classroom. It's truly heartbreaking. This is a story that ... more »

Can Educators Learn from “The Corner Office”? « InterACT

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Can Educators Learn from “The Corner Office”? « InterACT: Can Educators Learn from “The Corner Office”? by David B. Cohen How can business management ideas be applied in education? Pick your adverb. [image: adverbs]One of the topics I’ve returned to now and then in the past couple years concerns the applicability of business and management principles in education. Too often when we hear business people lecturing educators about business, they’re envisioning a rigid hierarchical system built on simplistic notions of threat and reward. In their view, teachers need incentives to work... more »

Reflections of Teacher Ken NYTimes: A Big Storm Requires Big Government

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 18 hours ago
*Reflections of Teacher Ken* *Dkos piece on Times eidtorial @Dailykos is down right now - so is Alternet so all you get is **Reflections of Teacher Ken* NYTimes: A Big Storm Requires Big Government by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Their editorial makes the argument for what big government does at the same time it takes Mitt Romney and Congressional Republicans apart. IT begins like this: ost Americans have never heard of the National Response Coordination Center, but they’re lucky it exists on days of lethal winds and flood tides. The center is the war room of the Federal Emergen... more »

Remember Your Place - Vote November 6

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
*Remember Your Place - Vote November 6* * * [image: Secretary of State banner] November 6, 2012, General Election ------------------------------ Election Information - Governor's Proclamation (pdf ~63KB) - Qualifications for Running for Office - General Election Calendar (pdf ~56KB) - Complete - 2012 California Election Calendar - Official Voter Information Guide - Random Alphabet Drawing (pdf ~40KB) Candidate Information - Certified List of Candidates (pdf ~513KB) - Certified List of Candidates - Abbreviated List (pdf ~88KB) - List of Nominated Candi... more »

Pass / Fail : Credit rating for California school districts could be downgraded if Props 30 & 38 fail | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : Credit rating for California school districts could be downgraded if Props 30 & 38 fail | 89.3 KPCC: Credit rating for California school districts could be downgraded if Props 30 & 38 fail by By Vanessa Romo [image: Prop 30 and 38] *The fate of pro-education Propositions 30 and 38 will be decided by voters on Nov. 6. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images* Public support for Propositions 30 and 38 is plummeting despite expansive, and expensive, campaign efforts across the state by their respective champions: Governor Jerry Brown and attorney and millionaire-ess Molly Munge... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat: This Week’s #PTchat by Larry Ferlazzo Guest post by Joe Mazza Image credit: http://www.becoming1.orgOn a typical Wednesday night, we hold a Parent-Teacher chat on an important and timely home-school topic. This week, we’re providing a special 60-day school year check-in and opening up the conversation to your individual and school needs. Think about the following. What does your class or school struggle with in engaging families? Need to throw an idea out there to the rest of the PTchat community? What would take your home-school e... more »

“Right” and “Left” depend on context « JD2718

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
“Right” and “Left” depend on context « JD2718: “Right” and “Left” depend on context by jd2718 Picking a fight with a comic strip? Yup. And xkcd, at that. [image: Congress]Randall Munroe has done a superb job creating vertical time lines for the House and Senate, showing the ebb and flow of different parties. Look here, it’s really cool. But left and right change meaning over time. Different place, different time, different context. The slaveholders were to the left and the abolitionists to the right? Whoa, Nelly, er Randall. In today’s context, the Republicans are on the right. Bu... more »

Homeless Endure Hurricane Sandy In New York City: 'I Can Survive Just Like This'

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Homeless Endure Hurricane Sandy In New York City: 'I Can Survive Just Like This': Homeless Endure Hurricane Sandy In New York City: 'I Can Survive Just Like This' by Joy Resmovits NEW YORK -- As Hurricane Sandy hurtled toward New York City on Monday, Eduardo Acevedo, 57, sat in an empty lot just steps from the Hudson River. Straight ahead of him was the overcast skyline of New Jersey. Behind him, a panorama of glassy, doormanned buildings owned by Donald Trump. It was almost 12:30 p.m., and the city Department of Sanitation was shutting down Riverside Park, kicking out a group ... more »

Will the Common Core Lead to a Common Calendar? | Truth in American Education

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Will the Common Core Lead to a Common Calendar? | Truth in American Education: Will the Common Core Lead to a Common Calendar? by Shane Vander Hart Last night during our Truth in American Education participant conference call somebody had a great question. Will the Common Core with its requisite assessments move states to a common calendar as well? NeitherSmarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or Partnership of Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) have stated when tests will be administered, but in terms of data collection they will likely specify tim... more »

Win, Lose, or Draw? Chicago Teachers Reach Agreement | Dailycensored.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Win, Lose, or Draw? Chicago Teachers Reach Agreement | Dailycensored.com: Win, Lose, or Draw? Chicago Teachers Reach Agreement by gues twriter Emma Irving Does the agreement between the Chicago Teacher’s Union and the city represent a win for the labor movement? After over a week of striking and a year of contract negotiations, Chicago teacher’s have voted to return to the classroom, accepting a contract agreement that represents partial negotiations on both sides. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has been pushing for a longer school day and a longer school year, has added an hour and 15 ... more »

Diane in the Evening 10-29-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: New Orleans Students Demand True Reform by dianerav In all the hype and spin about the privatization of education in New Orleans, no one has heard from students. Various special-interest claim to speak for them, say “it’s all about the kids.” Some raise millions of dollars from corporations and ideologues by claiming to be student advocates. It turns out that students have their own views and need no surrogates. Silent no more. High school students are speaking out. They are holding a rally on October 30 at 5:30 pm to insist that they be heard. See the det... more »

The fight for Chicago’s schools continues. « Fred Klonsky

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The fight for Chicago’s schools continues. « Fred Klonsky: The fight for Chicago’s schools continues. by Fred Klonsky From the Chicago Teachers Union. CPS plans to close up to 100 schools in our neighborhoods while finding cash to open 60 more politically-connected charter schools. Our students deserve small class size, more arts, computer technology, and physical education. Join hundreds of parents, educators, and community activists as we tell the mayor to put our students before his political supporters! Save our Schools! Immediate Moratorium on School Closures and Charter Exp... more »

HOW TO USE PERDAILY AS A REFERENCE GUIDE FOR LAUSD BAD ACTS - Perdaily.com

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HOW TO USE PERDAILY AS A REFERENCE GUIDE FOR LAUSD BAD ACTS - Perdaily.com: HOW TO USE PERDAILY AS A REFERENCE GUIDE FOR LAUSD BAD ACTS by Leonard Isenberg [image: Lennyjpg.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) After 3 years and the writing of 472 posts at perdaily, you now have a comprehensive reference database for anybody who is interested in documenting the premeditated and purposeful failing of public education by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and school districts like it around th... more »

Educational Courage [Book]Save Our Schools

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Educational Courage [Book]Save Our Schools: Educational Courage [Book] by Server Educational Courage About the Book *“This book helps us to be audacious in our activism and in our vision.*” —from the Foreword by Deborah Meier Lost amid the debate over educational policies are the stories of the educators, parents, and students who are most affected by legislation such as No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top. In *Educational Courage*, veteran educators and activists Nancy Schniedewind and Mara Sapon-Shevin bring together the voices of those who are resisting market-driven initia... more »

19th Ward Parents leader on chaos in Chicago Public Schools | Parents Across America

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19th Ward Parents leader on chaos in Chicago Public Schools | Parents Across America: 19th Ward Parents leader on chaos in Chicago Public Schools by pureparents By Becky Malone Guest Commentary October 26, 2012 (originally published in Daily Southtown newspaper) [image: Malone] There is a plague spreading through the Chicago Public Schools. It has left in its wake a score of school closures and school turnarounds, an unfunded longer school day lacking adequate resources to support high-quality education and the first teachers strike in a quarter century — a bitter fight to ensure ...more »

TRS board of trustees restates what it said in March. Silent on Ingram. Are you reassured? Me neither. « Fred Klonsky

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TRS board of trustees restates what it said in March. Silent on Ingram. Are you reassured? Me neither. « Fred Klonsky: TRS board of trustees restates what it said in March. Silent on Ingram. Are you reassured? Me neither. by Fred Klonsky *Springfield, IL – The Teachers’ Retirement System Board of Trustees today issued the following statement regarding the on-going debate in the General Assembly concerning an overhaul of the state’s pension code:* *“The Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System reiterates and reaffirms its resolution of March 30, 2012 (as amended on April... more »








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