Friday, November 9, 2012

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 11-9-12 #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



Curriculum Frameworks - English Language Arts (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 56 minutes ago
Curriculum Frameworks - English Language Arts (CA Dept of Education): Curriculum FrameworksGuidelines for implementing the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education that are developed by the Instructional Quality Commission. ------------------------------ English Language Arts2014 Revision of the English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework Assembly Bill 250 (Chapter 608, Statutes of 2011) calls for the revision of the *English Language Arts/English Language Development Framework* to align with the Common Core State Standards for English ... more »

NEA - American Education Week

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NEA - American Education Week: American Education Week Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility American Education Week—November 11-17, 2012—presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong celebration features a special observance each day of the week. They include: *Monday, November 12: Veterans Day* Schools nationwide are closed in observance of the armed service veterans who have served this country, includi... more »

Presidential Proclamation -- American Education Week, 2012 | The White House

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Presidential Proclamation -- American Education Week, 2012 | The White House: Presidential Proclamation -- American Education Week, 2012 AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK, 2012 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION All children deserve access to a world-class education and the chance to pursue their dreams. Our schools are a gateway to those opportunities and the key to our Nation's economic prosperity and civic life. This week, we reaffirm our national mission of educating our students and training our workers better than any other country on earth. My Administratio... more »

Insights About Teacher Evaluation — Whole Child Education

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Insights About Teacher Evaluation — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]Insights About Teacher Evaluation November 9, 2012 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers [image: Teacher Evaluation - ASCD Educational Leadership] The role of teacher evaluation is among the most contentious issues in education today. Even when there is general agreement that teachers' performance should be assessed in some way, there is vigorous disagreement about how those assessments should be conducted and how the results should be used. If the ultimate goal of teacher evaluat... more »

Value-added teacher assessment hit by Council for Exceptional Children

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Value-added teacher assessment hit by Council for Exceptional Children: Value-added teacher assessment hit by Council for Exceptional Children Posted by Valerie Strauss on November 9, 2012 at 4:22 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » The Council for Exceptional Children has issued a new position paper that rejects the use of “value-added” systems that link evaluations of teachers — especially those in the field of special education — to student standardized test scores and says they are cause “fo... more »

Jersey Jazzman: TFAers Need To Watch Sesame Street

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Jersey Jazzman: TFAers Need To Watch Sesame Street: TFAers Need To Watch Sesame Street by Duke Wendy and Michelle and Joel and all our other little reformy friends need to take a break and watch Sesame Street, with special guest Justice Sonia Sotomayor: Popout Justice Sotomayor: "*A career is a job that you train for and prepare for and plan on doing for a long time.*" Abby Cadabby: "*Well, then what kind of career can a girl like me have?*" Justice Sotomayor: "*Well, you can go to school and train to be a teacher... *" Abby Cadabby: "*Ahh!*" Teach For Americans, please take

John Dewey on comparing students — Blast from the Past/Quote of the Day | AMPS

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
John Dewey on comparing students — Blast from the Past/Quote of the Day | AMPS: John Dewey on comparing students — Blast from the Past/Quote of the Day by Thomas J. Mertz Sly & the Family Stone, ” Everyday People” (click to listen or download). How one person’s abilities compare in quantity with those of another is none of the teacher’s business. It is irrelevant to his work. What is required is that every individual shall have opportunities to employ his own powers in activities that have meaning. John Dewey *Democracy and Education*, 1916 The current “accountability” madness is ... more »

Commentary: Testing! Testing! 1 2 3! Detouring away from meaningful education | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Commentary: Testing! Testing! 1 2 3! Detouring away from meaningful education | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Commentary: Testing! Testing! 1 2 3! Detouring away from meaningful education by thenotebook *This is a guest blog, and the ideas expressed are solely the opinions of the author. The *Notebook *invites guest blog posts on current topics in Philadelphia education from its readers. Send submissions to notebook@thenotebook.org.* ------------------------------ *by Joseph P. Batory* During the past 12 years, since the adoption of No Child Left Behind, elected officials at ... more »

Daily Kos: thinking about financial issues for the nation. . .

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Daily Kos: thinking about financial issues for the nation. . .: thinking about financial issues for the nation. . . by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) On Social Security - the system is not "broke" and can be funded as far as is necessary by raising the ceiling on the salaries from which FICA taxes are deducted. In fact, there is no reason not to raise it to whatever the ordinary members of the House and Senate are paid in lockstep with when they raise their own pay. It is more than ridiculous that they do not pay Social Security taxes on all their tax-payer salaries while the vas... more »

Charter schools fail superintendent’s test - Chagrin Valley Times The Solon Times, The Geauga Times Courier

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Charter schools fail superintendent’s test - Chagrin Valley Times The Solon Times, The Geauga Times Courier: Charter schools fail superintendent’s test By JOSEPH KOZIOL JR. [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] NEWBURY — Newbury School Superintendent Richard Wagner is mad as hell and is not going to take it anymore. Mr. Wagner fired what he called the “first salvo” Monday in what could be a war of words with state politicians who have diverted public dollars to charter schools. Charter schools, also known in Ohio as community schools, are publicly funded pri... more »

The Most Precious Thing, Part II Middle Grades Mastery

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Middle Grades Mastery: The Most Precious Thing, Part II NOVEMBER 8, 2012 LEAVE A COMMENT In the days following the general election, we are starting to take stock of what we have to work with and where we need to go from here. This is an important time to assess what we, as parents and teachers need to do to make sure our kids are afforded what we want most for them: their futures. Here are some things that my friends and I will be working toward over this next year: 1) Opting Out of State Tests Schools and superintendents like to make this sound like it’s totally illegal and impo... more »

Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet - Edward-Isaac Dovere - POLITICO.com

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Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet - Edward-Isaac Dovere - POLITICO.com: Barack Obama's second-term Cabinet - 80 - 144 - Short URLURLClose - Email - Print [image: Barack Obama is pictured with members of his first-term Cabinet. | AP Photo] Obama's planning for a second term has been under way for months. | AP Photo Close *Health and Human Services* One contentious figure who’s expected to stay in place is Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She’s steeped in Obama’s health care law, and with the amount of work needed to prepare for most of its ... more »

The Weekly Update: The 2012 Election Results on Education… so far | Seattle Education

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The Weekly Update: The 2012 Election Results on Education… so far | Seattle Education: The Weekly Update: The 2012 Election Results on Education… so far by seattleducation2011 Before going through the results of the elections, one last note about the Walton’s. I came across a list of candidates running for election or re-election who received donations from the Waltons this year. It is interesting to note that Obama and Romney got about the same amount of money from the Waltons. I suppose that’s called “hedging your bets”. The list of cash recipients is long and worth a look. Rick... more »

Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at he Education Trust Conference | U.S. Department of Education

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Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at he Education Trust Conference | U.S. Department of Education: Remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at he Education Trust Conference *Dispelling the Myth School Awards Dinner* NOVEMBER 8, 2012 *Contact: * Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov This is a day of celebration in so many ways. I'm thrilled for our nation, and I'm thrilled for our nation's school children, that President Obama has been re-elected. And to top it off, we're going to hear from Sweet Honey in the Rock next. I know what a treat that is... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Jon Stewart, Brooklyn Castle, and the Importance of Teachers

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Jersey Jazzman: Jon Stewart, Brooklyn Castle, and the Importance of Teachers: Jon Stewart, Brooklyn Castle, and the Importance of Teachers by Duke Valerie Strauss points us to Jon Stewart's interview last night with the director and one of the stars of *Brooklyn Castle:* * On “The Daily Show” Thursday night, Jon Stewart did a segment that focused on public education — the impact of budget cuts, how kids learn, teachers. This was all in his discussion with director Katie Dellamaggiore and student Pobo Efekoro about their documentary film “Brooklyn Castle,” which details how budg... more »

Go Figure - Turns out Bridgeport voters aren’t the only ones who appreciate the right to vote - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Go Figure - Turns out Bridgeport voters aren’t the only ones who appreciate the right to vote - Wait, What?: Go Figure – Turns out Bridgeport voters aren’t the only ones who appreciate the right to vote by jonpelto Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch…Upon hearing the news that his proposal to do away with a democratically elected board of education and replace it with one made up of people appointed by him, Bridgeport’s Mayor said, “While I believe that the New York, Boston and Providence model would have ensured greater progress for our schools and better results for our students, I wil... more »

THE DEFINITION OF CHRONIC TRUANCY « Teachers Fight Back

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THE DEFINITION OF CHRONIC TRUANCY « Teachers Fight Back: THE DEFINITION OF CHRONIC TRUANCY by alkleen I was unaware that state law in Illinois changed the definition of “chronic truancy” last July. The new law states that a student is “chronically truant” if they miss 5 percent, or nine school days, of the 180 day school year without a valid cause. Under the old law and definition, a student had to miss 10 percent of school days (18) within a school year. The new law makes it much easier for a student to reach the definition of being “chronically truant”. The old law was just rid... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Why TFAers Don't Stay in Teaching

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Jersey Jazzman: Why TFAers Don't Stay in Teaching: Why TFAers Don't Stay in Teaching by Duke You're one of the best and the brighest. You attended an elite four-year college and went into serious debt to do so. But after graduation, you weren't quite sure how to turn that degree in Art History into a job. Needing some resume padding, you signed up for Teach For America, and made a two-year commitment to teach. Now you're finished... and you're leaving teaching, just like the vast, vast majority of your TFA peers. Why is that? In the midst of a continuing recession, beginning K-... more »

UPDATE: Illinois pensions. There’s a cold wind blowing come January. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Illinois pensions. There’s a cold wind blowing come January. « Fred Klonsky: Illinois pensions. There’s a cold wind blowing come January. by Fred Klonsky Michael Madigan’s attempt to undermine the pension protection clause of the Illinois Constitution went down in flames. It got neither the 60% of the voters to vote yes nor 50% of the voters who cast a ballot. 2.5 million voters in Illinois *did not* approve the Constitutional Amendment on pensions. In addition there was no *tax rebellion* on Tuesday directed at the Democrats for their vote to temporarily increase the state income... more »

Pass / Fail : LAUSD Superintendent to ask board to restore lost week of instruction | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : LAUSD Superintendent to ask board to restore lost week of instruction | 89.3 KPCC: LAUSD Superintendent to ask board to restore lost week of instruction by By Tami Abdollah [image: School Shooting] *After the passage of Prop. 30, Superintendent John Deasy will ask the L.A. Unified school board Tuesday to restore all furlough days and the week of instruction cut from this school year. Credit: Nick Ut/AP* Now that Proposition 30 has passed, Superintendent John Deasy will ask the L.A. Unified school board Tuesday to erase teacher furlough days and restore the week of inst... more »

Teachers Don't Suck !: Passing The Balme But Not The Buck

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Teachers Don't Suck !: Passing The Balme But Not The Buck: Passing The Balme But Not The Buck by Walt S. It's all BS just like T&E, QEA, QSAC, NCLB, The Open Classroom. and list goes on. The State has run Paterson, Jersey

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates on 1240

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates on 1240: Updates on 1240 by Melissa Westbrook *1240* - Still 600K votes still to count and it's down by just under 46K. So doable but the number crunching from the top counties where each side leads just don't support a win unless there is some big turn towards No. Ditto on the race for Governor. The numbers are just not trending McKenna's way so I believe Inslee will take it. Frankly, I think that even though Inslee has been somewhat vague on funding issues, he is far less rigid than McKenna on education issues. And, the Legislature ... more »

Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear: Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear Posted: 11/08/2012 7:23 pm EST Updated: 11/08/2012 7:25 pm EST [image: Obama Education Second Term] In Rick Hess's eyes, President Barack Obama has a big choice to make. "The president campaigned with a different face of education reform than what he championed during the first term," Hess, an influential education scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said in an interview. "I'm curious as to whether what he said on the campaign trail is more reflecti... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Video: Daily Show Interview with "Brooklyn Castle" filmmaker and student

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
NYC Public School Parents: Video: Daily Show Interview with "Brooklyn Castle" filmmaker and student: Video: Daily Show Interview with "Brooklyn Castle" filmmaker and student by Leonie Haimson See the video clip below last night from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, with Katie Dellamaggiore, the maker of the inspirational film "Brooklyn Castle," about IS 318 in Brooklyn and its champion chess team, and Pobo Efekoro, a former member of the team. This film, which has now opened around the country is an absolute must-see. The villains are not those as in the usual Hollywood propaganda... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, November 9, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *California State University Monterey Bay* Education Headlines *Friday, November 9, 2012* Stockton USD likes early results of in-school suspensionsThree key factors have moved Stockton Unified to test a modification of its approach to student discipline. Novato charter supporters, opponents square offMore than 250 people packed the Novato Unified School District's headquarters Thursday night to debate a controversial proposal for a new charter school. Fensterwald: In local votes of confidence, most bonds, parcel taxes passProposit... more »

Criticizing the One They Endorsed | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Criticizing the One They Endorsed | Truth in American Education: Criticizing the One They Endorsed by Shane Vander Hart It’s pretty fascinating to see people fall all over themselves to endorse President Obama criticize him sharply on his education policies. We’re concerned about a federal take over of education where parents and local stakeholders will lose influence over education policy. They’re afraid of teachers losing their jobs. But Obama’s first term also saw the creation of the Race to the Top program, which angered unions by requiring participating states to evaluate t... more »

Jon Stewart focuses on public education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Jon Stewart focuses on public education: Jon Stewart focuses on public education Posted by Valerie Strauss on November 9, 2012 at 9:11 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » On “The Daily Show” Thursday night, Jon Stewart did a segment that focused on public education — the impact of budget cuts, how kids learn, teachers. This was all in his discussion with director Katie Dellamaggiore and student Pobo Efekoro about their documentary film “Brooklyn Castle,” which details how budget cuts affected a... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Remembering Central Falls, I hear that Duncan is staying put

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Remembering Central Falls, I hear that Duncan is staying put: Remembering Central Falls, I hear that Duncan is staying put by Mike Klonsky Anonymous reader points to Lynn Sweet's column in the Sun-Times which tells us that *Arne Duncan* wants another term and "there is no plan for a change." While I'd be happy to see Duncan go, I'm not so concerned with that now, since it would only amount to a cosmetic change at best. Obama shows no sign of evolving in his understanding of education reform and it's clear (to me at least) that Duncan was never capabl... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Remembering Central Falls, I hear that Duncan is staying put

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Remembering Central Falls, I hear that Duncan is staying put: Remembering Central Falls, I hear that Duncan is staying put by Mike Klonsky Anonymous reader points to Lynn Sweet's column in the Sun-Times which tells us that *Arne Duncan* wants another term and "there is no plan for a change." While I'd be happy to see Duncan go, I'm not so concerned with that now, since it would only amount to a cosmetic change at best. Obama shows no sign of evolving in his understanding of education reform and it's clear (to me at least) that Duncan was never capabl... more »

The Educated Reporter: The Experts Chime In: What's Next For Federal Education Policy?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
The Educated Reporter: The Experts Chime In: What's Next For Federal Education Policy?: The Experts Chime In: What's Next For Federal Education Policy? If you’re looking for insights into what's next for federal education policy, I recommend watching the replay of a lively and insightful panel discussion held Thursday at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Here’s just a snippet from panelist Alyson Klein of Education Week’s Politics K-12blog, explaining why President Obama is likely motivated to make higher education a priority in his second term: “If half of t... more »

PublicEye.org -The Right's "School Choice" Scheme

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
PublicEye.org - The Website of Political Research Associates: The Right's "School Choice" Scheme By Rachel Tabachnick *Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, left, makes a point as Kathleen Oropeza, the Orlando mother who helped create the Fund Education Now group, listens during the Florida Forward education reform forum, hosted by the Orlando Sentinel, Tuesday, September 20, 2011, in downtown Orlando, Florida. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images.* In June 1995, the economist Milton Friedman wrote an article for the *Washington Post* promoting the use of public education ... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-9-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] “Brooklyn Castle” on the Jon Stewart “Daily Show” by dianerav Jon Stewart is public education’s best friend in the media. Maybe because his mother was a public school teacher. Of course. He interviewed the director/producer of the wonderful film “Brooklyn Castle” and one of the lead students on the school’s chess team. Stewart asked why New York City was willing to cut the funding for the school’s championship chess team while not cutting the amount of standardized testing. We all wonder the same thing. Wh... more »

Student Bystander Killed by Cops at Dominican Republic Campus Privatization Protest « Student Activism

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Student Bystander Killed by Cops at Dominican Republic Campus Privatization Protest « Student Activism: Student Bystander Killed by Cops at Dominican Republic Campus Privatization Protest by Angus Johnston A student was shot and killed, apparently by police, at a protest against tax hikes and university privatization plans at the Dominican Republic’s largest public university. William Florian Ramírez, identified in some news reports as Wilfredo or Willy, was a 22-year-old medical student at the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, where the protests broke out on Thursday morni... more »

Daily Kos: Eugene Robinson: A new America speaks

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Daily Kos: Eugene Robinson: A new America speaks: Eugene Robinson: A new America speaks by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) So much for voter suppression. So much for the enthusiasm gap. So much for the idea that smug, self-appointed arbiters of what is genuinely “American” were going to “take back” the country, as if it had somehow been stolen.On Tuesday, millions of voters sent a resounding message to the take-it-back crowd: You won’t. You can’t. It’s our country, too. So begins Eugene Robinson in this *Washington Post* op ed for Friday's dead tree edition.Robinson goes through the... more »

Edu-Election 2012 Wrap-Up :: Frederick M. Hess

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Edu-Election 2012 Wrap-Up :: Frederick M. Hess: Edu-Election 2012 Wrap-Up *by Frederick M. Hess • Nov 9, 2012 at 7:24 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share We hosted an intriguing conversation at AEI yesterday on the aftermath of the 2012 elections and what they meant for education. (You can catch it here in the C-SPAN archive if you missed it.) The panel featured Andy "Eduwonk" Rotherham, Alyson "Politics K-12" Klein, House Speaker John Boehner's edu-ace Katherine Haley, pollster Kristen Soltis from the Winston Group, and yours truly. Guided... more »

Local votes of confidence: Most bonds, parcel taxes pass | EdSource Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Local votes of confidence: Most bonds, parcel taxes pass | EdSource Today: Local votes of confidence: Most bonds, parcel taxes pass ** November 9th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services Proposition 30, raising statewide taxes to support education, was a nail biter, struggling to get a majority of voters behind it. But that wasn’t the case for most K-12 parcel taxes and school construction bonds on the ballot Tuesday. Voters passed 14 of 22 parcel taxes by margins of victory ranging f... more »

The 3rd Issue of Our Newsletter! « Classroom Struggle

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The 3rd Issue of Our Newsletter! « Classroom Struggle: *This is the 3rd issue of our newsletter, Classroom Struggle. Please share widely and give us feedback!* *Click on the image above for a color version intended for web viewing.* *For a black and white print quality version please click here.* Please Note: We recently have changed the title of our newsletter and committee. We will shortly put out our reasoning behind this. However, if you

Teachers For Social Justice: *NEW LOCATION* 2012 Teaching For Social Justice Curriculum Fair

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Teachers For Social Justice: *NEW LOCATION* 2012 Teaching For Social Justice Curriculum Fair: *NEW LOCATION* 2012 Teaching For Social Justice Curriculum Fair by sarah-ji People we need your help! We had to move the Curriculum Fair, last minute (NOT our choice), but it will be nearby. NEW LOCATION: Kenwood Academy HS, 5015 S. Blackstone. Please email, forward, download, print, copy and SHARE these new E-Flyers (color and B&W) for the Curriculum Fair with the NEW location. Help spread the word! 2012 TSJ Curriculum Fair Workshops Announced! by sarah-ji ** *The workshops for this y... more »

One teen’s standardized testing horror story (and where it will lead)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
One teen’s standardized testing horror story (and where it will lead): One teen’s standardized testing horror story (and where it will lead) Posted by Valerie Strauss on November 9, 2012 at 5:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Scholastic.com Ankur Singh is a freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia who is making a documentary film about how standardized testing has impacted young people. Here’s Ankur’s personal testing story and an explanation of what the movie is all about. Ankur publ... more »

Rick Scott Wants Continued Charter School Expansion in Next Legislative Session | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Rick Scott Wants Continued Charter School Expansion in Next Legislative Session | Scathing Purple Musings: Rick Scott Wants Continued Charter School Expansion in Next Legislative Session by Bob Sikes From the *Orlando Sentinel’s *Scott Travis: Gov. Rick Scott told members of the state Board of Education on Monday that his priorities for education in the coming year include an increase in K-12 choices and a drop in college costs for Florida families. In a meeting held at Boca Raton High School, Scott said because competition helps improve education, he supports an expansion of cha... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Political Pedophiles Targeting America’s Youth

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Political Pedophiles Targeting America’s Youth: Political Pedophiles Targeting America’s Youth by stlgretchen It should be no surprise why children are so crass to each other. Harry Reid demonstrates today's version of America civility and discourse. The article below is written by a guest editor: ********************************************************************* Elections have consequences. Most people would agree that those consequences can be negative or positive. Most people assume that the consequences involve taxes, social issues, or na... more »

Expert: Small classes key to school, life success - SFGate

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Expert: Small classes key to school, life success - SFGate: Expert: Small classes key to school, life successWILL WEISSERT, Associated PressPublished 5:24 p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012 0 inShare Comments (0)Larger | SmallerPrintable VersionEmail This Font AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Students in smaller public-school classes tend to do better on standardized tests and even eventually become better citizens, more likely to own their own homes and save for retirement, an expert told Texas' sweeping school finance trial Thursday. Northwestern University economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenba... more »

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 11-9-12

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4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: PROP 30: Fielding questions about about retroactive income tax smf at 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit - 13 minutes ago By Tami Abdollah | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC | http://bit.ly/ZckgND November 8th, 2012, 4:14pm :: A "Concerned Citizen" wants to know more details on how Prop. 30's retroactive change to income tax affects him. Will he be penalized for inaccurate withholdings? << Royalty-Free/Corbis/Flickr I've received email from a few people concerned about what Prop. 30 means for them. Here's one that PROP 30 TAX BILLS TO C... more »

The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized | toteachornototeach

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized | toteachornototeach: The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized by aristotlethewise The Few, the Proud, the Infantilized by Bruce FlemingThe U.S. military-service academies — at West Point (Army), Annapolis (Navy), Colorado Springs (Air Force), and New London (Coast Guard) — are at the center of several debates, both military and civilian. The military is downsizing, and the federal budget is under scrutiny: Do the academies deserve to continue? They’re educational institutions, but do they actually educate, and furthermore, do they produce “leaders”... more »

Schools Matter: AN OUTRAGEOUS INVASION OF PRIVACY

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Schools Matter: AN OUTRAGEOUS INVASION OF PRIVACY: AN OUTRAGEOUS INVASION OF PRIVACY by skrashen I posted this on the Chronicle of Higher Education website. This is simply unacceptable. An outrageous invasion of privacy. You can bet it will be expanded to K-12: CourseSmart can already smell the profits. Also, it makes no sense to have an "engagement score" - all it means is that all students will be required to read and study in an "approved" way. S Krashen Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students’ Reading Habits From the Chronicle of Higher Education November 8, 2012, 3:01 pm h... more »

Teach Others How To Lead, And Other Tips [Edutopia] | The Jose Vilson

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Teach Others How To Lead, And Other Tips [Edutopia] | The Jose Vilson: Teach Others How To Lead, And Other Tips [Edutopia] by Jose Barack Obama Makes Calls An excerpt from my latest Edutopia article: Do: Teach Others How to LeadEveryone has expertise in some way, shape or form. Some teachers have great organizing skills (who doesn’t need this?!). Others understand how to put together curriculum materials. Still others have mastered building great teacher-student relationships. Rather than focus on deficiencies, we can play to our colleagues’ strengths and ask them to lead a meetin... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Med student killed as police fire on anti-privatization protest in D.R.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Med student killed as police fire on anti-privatization protest in D.R.: Med student killed as police fire on anti-privatization protest in D.R. by Mike Klonsky Autonomous University of Santo Domingo (UASD) demonstrators place fellow student Wilfredo Florian into a shopping cart after he was shot by riot police in Santo Domingo (REUTERS/Ricardo Rojas) Police opened fire on an anti-privatization protest in the Dominican Republic, killing 21-year old medical student, William Florian Ramírez — who was not taking part in the protest. NYT reports t... more »

An Open Letter To The Present and Future President Obama [2012 and Beyond] | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
An Open Letter To The Present and Future President Obama [2012 and Beyond] | The Jose Vilson: An Open Letter To The Present and Future President Obama [2012 and Beyond] by Jose Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Hugging After Re-Election Dear President Obama, You’ve won. Congratulations. Honestly. As an independent, I had no initial horse in this race, but as a Afro-Latino, I’m proud that you’ve once again managed to claim the White House as yours, in a country where the bones, blood, and sweat of African slaves and Native Americans sit under the House you now occupy. Your re-electio... more »

President Obama: "I'm Really Proud of All of You."

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
*President Obama: "I'm Really Proud of All of You."* * * * *

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Hey AR,(Accelerated Reader):I Have A Bone to Pick With You!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Hey AR,(Accelerated Reader):I Have A Bone to Pick With You!: Hey AR,(Accelerated Reader):I Have A Bone to Pick With You! by Lisa M Dear Accelerated Reader, Can I call you AR? I have a bone to pick with you! I don't know about other schools, or classrooms, but you are sucking the joy out of reading in my classroom. Ok, well, it's not really you, but it's what you stand for. It's also what others have made of you. So, I guess it's not all your fault. I get it. You want our students to read, and you want them to read on their level. You want them t... more »

Will California Election Results Bring Sanity To Education Funding Decisions? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Will California Election Results Bring Sanity To Education Funding Decisions? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: Will California Election Results Bring Sanity To Education Funding Decisions by Larry Ferlazzo *Will California Election Results Bring Sanity To Education Funding Decisions * *or Will It Be More Strangelove?* Happily, the elections here in California brought victory to Proposition 30, Governor Brown’s tax proposal that saved our schools from closing several weeks early — this year and in future years — among other likely negative results. It was close, but I woul... more »

Schools Matter: Time for Obama to Change Course on Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Schools Matter: Time for Obama to Change Course on Education: Time for Obama to Change Course on Education by Judy Rabin From an engineer and a scientist who sees the damage of current corporate education reform and can't understand why Obama can't just do the arithmetic. A call for President Obama to change course on educationBy Arthur H. Camins , Updated: November 7, 2012 * Arthur H. Camins is director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.* With the election behind us, it is time for the Obama adminis... more »

Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear: Obama Education Policy: Second Term Direction Still Not Clear by Joy Resmovits In Rick Hess's eyes, President Barack Obama has a big choice to make. "The president campaigned with a different face of education reform than what he championed during the first term," Hess, an influential education scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, said in an interview. "I'm curious as to whether what he said on the campaign trail is more reflective of what a second term will be or whether the first term will be reflected in... more »

Kentucky test results offer glimpse into how Common Core assessments will affect Georgia and other states | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Kentucky test results offer glimpse into how Common Core assessments will affect Georgia and other states | Get Schooled: Kentucky test results offer glimpse into how Common Core assessments will affect Georgia and other states by Maureen Downey Noteworthy scores out of Kentucky, the first state to introduce tests explicitly tied to the Common Core State Standards. Kentucky is part of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium of 23 states including Georgia that is developing a common set of k-12 assessments in English and math grounded in wh... more »

NYC Public School Parents: The NY Regents approve fourth Gulen charter school

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
NYC Public School Parents: The NY Regents approve fourth Gulen charter school: The NY Regents approve fourth Gulen charter school by Leonie Haimson Fethullah Gulen*The below post was written by Sharon Higgins, who is one of the nation’s top experts on the Gulen chain of charters,which has more than 120 schools in 25 states**. Be sure to follow her excellent blog, Charter School Scandals. Though the Gulen movement runs private schools in many countries, ours is the only country that subsidizes Gulen schools with federal, state and city taxpayer dollars. Meanwhile, Gulen schools ... more »

No Child Should Grow Up Hungry — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
No Child Should Grow Up Hungry — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: ASCD Whole Child Bloggers]No Child Should Grow Up Hungry November 8, 2012 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers We are proud to welcome Share Our Strength as a whole child partner. Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign aims to end childhood hunger in the United States. It connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. The campaign also engages the public to make ending childhood hunger a national priority. *What We Know* - 1 out of 5 (16 ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: 1240 - It Battles On

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: 1240 - It Battles On: 1240 - It Battles On by Melissa Westbrook Over at the No On 1240 Facebook page, I had unofficially said I thought this was done. To understand, nearly all the counties were trending the same as they had since Tuesday night and it did not seem possible to overtake that slight Yes lead. Today, I realized that the Yes on R74 campaign had crunched the numbers (even as their lead had been as slim as the Yes on 1240 lead Tuesday night) and said they won. So, I thought, if Yes on 1240 has all this money, why haven't they crunch... more »

What Was the Question? (A response) « Deborah Meier on Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
What Was the Question? (A response) « Deborah Meier on Education: What Was the Question? (A response) by debmeier The Harvard Business Review has an essay “What Was the Question?” in which Dan Ariely (Prof. of Behavioral Economics at Duke University) says, “The bottom line is that we need to spend more time helping people understand and deal with complexity and less time concocting dumbing-down mechanisms.” OK. But where do we (or Ariely) imagine our citizens might learn how to deal with “complexity”? Especially in arenas in which they have no direct experience or which require ab... more »

More from student making anti-testing film

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » More from student making anti-testing film: More from student making anti-testing film by admin Back in September I wrote about Ankur Singh, a student from downstate Illinois who reached out to me and others about a film he wants to make about how students feel about testing. Since then he has created a web site for the film and written a great post about why he feels so strongly about testing and what it is doing to education. Here’s part of his story: *I enrolled in AP English due to my great experience with English the p... more »

PAA’s 2012 Election Roundup | Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
PAA’s 2012 Election Roundup | Parents Across America: PAA’s 2012 Election Roundup by pureparents *2012 Election roundup!* Here’s a review of how education issues fared, from our members across the country. Some good news, some not so good, in no particular order. What happened in your neck of the woods? *Disclaimer: As a not-for-profit organization, PAA does not endorse candidates; any opinions on specific races in the reports below are those of individual members only. * From* Wendy Lecker of Connecticut*: The big news in Connecticut is the defeat of the charter revision in B... more »

NYC Educator: Put a Flower in Your Hair

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
NYC Educator: Put a Flower in Your Hair: Put a Flower in Your Hair by NYC Educator *by guest political analyst Suddenly ATR* I grew up in the Reagan/Bush era in a super-duper Republican town. It was/is the sort of town where the first question anyone asked was always "Oh, which church do you attend?" Every year, the lawns were filled with candles during the holiday season. In this bastion of upper-middle-class Republicans, there was one Blue Grinch, and that person was my father. He banned anything that was remotely Christmas-related in our house. "Christian conservative" was the ... more »

Learning the Vernacular: Slang in the Classroom « Cooperative Catalyst

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Learning the Vernacular: Slang in the Classroom « Cooperative Catalyst: Learning the Vernacular: Slang in the Classroom by rad fag My sixth grade teacher was the only Black male educator in our entire school system when I had him as an eleven year old. In my racially and economically diverse elementary school, virtually all the Black children in each grade were put into his class every year–a fact which as a young student upset me. Once I was placed in his class, however, I immediately saw the profound power and unique value of having a dedicated, veteran teacher who shared my r... more »

California Teachers of the Year for 2013 - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
California Teachers of the Year for 2013 - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Names California Teachers of the Year *Torlakson also nominates Oakland educator for National Teacher of the Year* ** SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today named five exemplary educators as the 2013 California Teachers of the Year. Profiles and contact information for each teacher are attached. "These five wonderful teachers have shown the kind of skill, passion, and dedication that exemplify the very best of the most important, most ... more »

Blue Jersey:: Booker: A Hot Pocket In Every Microwave

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Blue Jersey:: Booker: A Hot Pocket In Every Microwave: Booker: A Hot Pocket In Every Microwave by Jersey Jazzman The Huffington Post reports that Newark Mayor Cory Booker, thanks to his unrelenting tweeting, has secured hundreds of coupons for free Hot Pockets, soon to be distributed to Newark's residents.No, I'm not kidding. As of 5:40 this evening, PSE&G's outage map shows between five and ten thousand Newark customers still without power. No word yet on how these folks will be able to enjoy their delicious, decidedly non-organic snacks without electricity to power their microwave... more »

Is Education Rephorm Phever Hereditary? | EduShyster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Is Education Rephorm Phever Hereditary? | EduShyster: Is Education Rephorm Phever Hereditary? by edushyster2012 There is growing evidence that rephorm phever may be genetic. Reader: the rich are different from you and me. For starters they REALLY want to bring freshness and innovation to the public schools they didn’t attend—and they have the dough to realize their dream of a world in which every minority child will be taught by a young white teacher traverse the achievement gap with panache. But it turns out that the species known as *homo job creator-us* may be handing down more t... more »

HechingerEd Blog | Controversial new child care attendance system examined in Mississippi

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
HechingerEd Blog | Controversial new child care attendance system examined in Mississippi: Controversial new child care attendance system examined in Mississippi by Jackie Mader **Mississippi parents will have to scan their fingerprints every time they drop off and pick up their children at daycare when a new program goes into effect next year. But childcare providers have been protesting the system for months, saying that it stigmatizes low-income families and may ultimately take away income from already cash-strapped centers. Child care providers in Mississippi say the new attenda... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Obama's Education Policies Will Alienate His Base

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: Obama's Education Policies Will Alienate His Base: Obama's Education Policies Will Alienate His Base by Duke Charles Blow explains how Obama won: President Obama and his formidable campaign machine out-performed the Republicans, holding together a *winning coalition that is the face of America’s tomorrow: young voters, urban voters, racially and ethnically diverse voters and women voters.* According to exit polls, Obama won 60 percent of the 18 to 29 year old vote and 52 percent of the 30-40 vote. He won 69 percent of the vote in big cities and 58 percent of the... more »










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