Friday, December 14, 2012

Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez: Sacramento County Teachers of the Year 2011for School Board


Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez for School Board



An interview with the Folsom Cordova Unified School District Teacher of the Year 2011. The Sacramento County Teachers of the Year program recognizes excellence in teaching within the county's schools. Participating districts nominate individual teachers to receive this special recognition. At the Teachers of the Year awards recognition dinner, two teachers are identified as the Sacramento County Teachers of the Year and are then eligible to participate in the statewide competition. For more information, visithttp://tinyurl.com/ytsspf


For these are all our children - Winnie the Pooh - Wherever you are



Come out moon
Come out wishing star
Come out
Come out
Wherever you are

I’m out here in the dark
All alone and wide awake
Come and find me
I’m empty and I’m cold 
And my heart's about to break 
Come and find me

I need you to come here and find me
Cause without you I’m totally lost
I've hung a wish on every star
It hasn’t done much good so far 
I can only dream of you
Wherever you are

I’ll hear you laugh
I’ll see you smile
I’ll be with you just for a while
But when the morning comes
And the sun begins to rise
I will lose you

Because it’s just a dream
When I open up my eyes
I will lose you

I use to believe in forever
But forever is to good to be true
I've hung a wish on every star
It hasn’t done much good so far 

I don’t know what else to do
Except to try to dream of you
And wonder if you are dreaming too
Wherever you are

Wherever you are 

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Reporting from Education Leadership Team Meeting

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Reporting from Education Leadership Team Meeting:


Reporting from Education Leadership Team Meeting

The Mayor had organized an Education Leadership Team awhile back and I finally got to attend a meeting today.

The Team is made up of City staff, SPS staff, UW staff, community college reps, business reps and labor reps.  It's quite a diverse group (well, in what they do - not so much diversity in what they look like).  SPS staff there today included Pegi McEvoy, Duggan Harman and the Superintendent.

Most of the meeting was about the legislative agenda for each group.

The overwhelming talk was of McCleary and its enactment.  Basically it was stated that the McCleary decision said:

- not spending enough on K-12 education
- the way the dollars are received is structurally unsound
- the outcomes are not good enough to create

Responding to tragedy: Resources for parents - Sacramento City Unified School District

Responding to tragedy: Resources for parents - Sacramento City Unified School District:


Responding to tragedy: Resources for parents

Tonight, our thoughts are with the families in Newton, Connecticut who endured a terrible a tragedy today. I want to reassure all of our parents that nothing is more important than the safety and security of our students and staff.
Over the weekend, your child may have questions about this event, which is likely to dominate the news and the social media for many days to come. Resources to help parents and students at this difficult time can be found linked in the sidebar.
I would also like to reassure parents that our school staffs are trained to recognize students who many need additional support in understanding or coping with a tragedy of this magnitude and will be ready to assist on Monday.
As a parent myself, I know that it can be hard to find the right way to talk about something as awful as this with your kids. We hope that these resources, along with the support of the entire SCUSD family, can help you through this difficult time.
Thank you,
Superintendent Jonathan Raymond






Big Education Ape Nite Cap 12-14-12 #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



AFT Statement on Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School

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AFT - A Union of Professionals - AFT Statement on Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School: AFT Statement on Massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School *WASHINGTON, D.C.—* Statement of American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. "The entire AFT community is shaken to its core by this massacre of young children and the educators and school employees who care for and nurture them. Twenty children and six adults were shot and killed today in one of the worst school shootings in history. We grieve for the... more »

Trying to make sense of a senseless act. « My Island View

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Trying to make sense of a senseless act. « My Island View: Trying to make sense of a senseless act. by tomwhitby This is probably the wrong time to sit down and address what has just happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. All of the details are not yet out, but the news media has made many statements and assumptions that seem to hold up myths about schools that we continue to hear each time another of this growing number of horrendous incidents explodes on the TV screen. Reporters continue to ask the question, “Were all of the security and safety measure... more »

New Leadership Inside UTLA - LA School Report

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New Leadership Inside UTLA - LA School Report: New Leadership Inside UTLA by LA School Report There could be small signs of change going on inside UTLA. This week’s internal elections for the 350-member House of Representatives were contested in 22 of 32 districts for the first time in recent years. Some of those seats were expected to have been won by a new caucus within UTLA, called NewTLA, which is working for broader representation within the tightly run organization. However, NewTLA has not responded to our requests for information about how they did in the election. To see t... more »

Every public employee with a state pension should read this report on cash balance programs. « Fred Klonsky

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Every public employee with a state pension should read this report on cash balance programs. « Fred Klonsky: Every public employee with a state pension should read this report on cash balance programs. by Fred Klonsky Ending the defined benefit pension system is one of the agenda items in Illinois. Monique Morrissey of the Economic Policy Institute reports on the specifics of Louisiana. But the dangers of the*Cash Balance Plan* apply to many states, including Illinois. With Congress mired in partisan gridlock, states are serving as laboratories for retirement policy as well as o... more »

Slideshow: Anger surges during rally at Phila. School District | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Slideshow: Anger surges during rally at Phila. School District | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Slideshow: Anger surges during rally at Phila. School District by thenotebook Rally-goers gathered outside the School District of Philadelphia headquarters at 440 N. Broad St. yesterday as the announcement was made that dozens of schools were recommended for closure or relocation. If the plan is approved, some 17,000 students might be moving to new schools. The rally was organized by the Philadelphia Coalition Advocating for Public Schools. ="" title="Facebook_like" href="http:/... more »

Gun Violence In American Schools Is Nothing New « Student Activism

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Gun Violence In American Schools Is Nothing New « Student Activism: Gun Violence In American Schools Is Nothing New by Angus Johnston We’re seeing a lot of suggestions today from the right side of the political spectrum that events like today’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school are something novel in American history — that they’re a reflection of the fact that we took prayer out of schools, or that our society has lost its sense of morality, or something. Well, a couple of years ago I did some casual research on the history of American school shootings. A conservative s... more »

Schools Matter: How about another test?!

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Schools Matter: How about another test?!: How about another test?! by skrashen Comment posted on bloomberg.news Stephen Krashen Mark Bauerlein wants to add still another test to the already overwhelming load of tests the common core will inflict on American students: A literature test covering “best works of American civilization.” Bauerlein says it should feature questions “that will make students draw on Twain, Shakespeare, ancient myths, Edith Wharton and so on.” In other words, the test is designed for college English majors. Bauerlein’s suggestion is sure to stimulate lots ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Eighteen Children Dead in Conn. School Shooting

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Eighteen Children Dead in Conn. School Shooting: Eighteen Children Dead in Conn. School Shooting by Melissa Westbrook I heard about this story early this morning before there are many details. I had assumed it was not serious. *A man with a gun has shot and killed 27 people, 18 of them children, at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. *Allegedly, the killer went after his mother, a teacher, and then killed 18 students in her classroom. He also shot seven other adults. From the NY Times: *A photograph published by a local newspaper, The Newt... more »

From Quill Pens to Computer Adaptive Testing: Old and New Technological Devices | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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From Quill Pens to Computer Adaptive Testing: Old and New Technological Devices | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: From Quill Pens to Computer Adaptive Testing: Old and New Technological Devices by larrycuban There are many definitions of instructional technology. One concentrates on devices teachers use in classrooms. Another definition focuses on the different ways that teachers have used such devices as tools to advance learning in lessons. Even other definitions frame technology as processes, ways of organizing classrooms, schools, and districts. I examine ... more »

Connecticut School Shooting: 4 Tips to Help Kids Cope - ABC News

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Connecticut School Shooting: 4 Tips to Help Kids Cope - ABC News: Connecticut School Shooting: 4 Tips to Help Kids Cope Email0Smaller FontTextLarger Text|Print [image: ap school shooting embrace tk 121214 wblog Connecticut School Shooting: 4 Tips to Help Kids Cope] (Image credit: Melanie Stengel/The New Haven Register/AP Photo) Every parent trying to come to grips with the scope of the tragedy in Connecticut is wondering how to talk to their kids about it. *LIVE UPDATES: Newtown, Conn., School Shooting* Alan Kazdin, a professor of child psychology at Yale University, offers four tips... more »

How Modern School Finance/Education Policy Works: Lessons from New York « School Finance 101

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How Modern School Finance/Education Policy Works: Lessons from New York « School Finance 101: How Modern School Finance/Education Policy Works: Lessons from New York by schoolfinance101 [image: Slide1] I’ll admit that the more I do this stuff, the more I write about today’s education policy environment and especially the environment around school funding, I do get more cynical. And few states have done more to encourage my cynicism than New York, of late. But I suspect that the tales from the trenches in many other states might be quite similar. So let me use New York as a prototy... more »

Connecticut elementary school shooting death toll at 27, including 18 children - Press-Telegram

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Connecticut elementary school shooting death toll at 27, including 18 children - Press-Telegram: Connecticut elementary school shooting death toll at 27, including 18 children By John Christoffersen The Associated Press Posted: 12/14/2012 08:17:59 AM PST Updated: 12/14/2012 10:09:48 AM PST This satellite image provided by Google shows the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. A shooting at the school Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, left the gunman dead and at least one teacher wounded. (AP Photo/Google) In this photo provided by the Newtown Bee, Connecticut State Police lead ch... more »

Ann Schulte: Teacher Performance Assessment Isn't the Answer - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Ann Schulte: Teacher Performance Assessment Isn't the Answer - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Ann Schulte: Teacher Performance Assessment Isn't the Answer by Anthony Cody *Guest post by Ann Schulte.* The edTPA is spreading across the country like wild fire, and I'm feeling burned out. My experience with standardized performance assessment over the past 10 years has given me multiple opportunities both to learn from it as well as critique it, and to that end, I've engaged in a variety of discussions about it initially with other California educators, and more recentl... more »

Probe sought into private influence on public education policy

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Probe sought into private influence on public education policy: *Probe sought into private influence on public education policy* Posted by Valerie Strauss on December 14, 2012 at 12:15 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Increasingly policy relating to public education is being made in secret with involvement from private donors or organizations pushing their own agendas. In Philadelphia, where parents have been fighting for years to make public information about how decisions toward the priv... more »

SI&A Cabinet Report – State board approved three out of four ed waivers in 2011

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: State board approved three out of four ed waivers in 2011 School districts submitted nearly 900 applications for waivers from various elements of the state’s *Education Code* in 2011 with the California State Board of Education granting its approval 75 percent of the time. The numbers, released this week in a new report from the California Department of Education, are down from those posted in 2010 but still continue a dramatic multi-year upswing in activity that began with the onset of the economic recession. Challenged by deep funding c... more »

SEPTA advertising: What’s your take? | Parents United for Public Education

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SEPTA advertising: What’s your take? | Parents United for Public Education: SEPTA advertising: What’s your take? by parentsunitedphila Last week a number of parents and students were surprised to see this ad on their weekly student transpass: [image: (Photo: Parents United for Public Education)] (Photo: Parents United for Public Education) This week the following ad appears on student transpasses: [image: (Photo: Parents United for Public Education)] (Photo: Parents United for Public Education) A few media outlets have picked up on some concerns we raised on social media about the adve... more »

Shanker Blog » Are Teachers Changing Their Minds About Education Reform?

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Shanker Blog » Are Teachers Changing Their Minds About Education Reform?: Are Teachers Changing Their Minds About Education Reform? by Matthew Di Carlo In a recent *Washington Post* article called “Teachers leaning in favor of reforms,” veteran reporter Jay Mathews puts forth an argument that one hears rather frequently – that teachers are “changing their minds,” in a favorable direction, about the current wave of education reform. Among other things, Mr. Mathews cites two teacher surveys. One of them, which we discussed here, is a single-year survey that doesn’t actually look at ... more »

Over $1B and counting for TFA, Inc., de facto discrimination in charter schools, the failed Microsoft model hoisted onto our educational system and Maryland superintendent says “Stop the insanity!” | Seattle Education

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Over $1B and counting for TFA, Inc., de facto discrimination in charter schools, the failed Microsoft model hoisted onto our educational system and Maryland superintendent says “Stop the insanity!” | Seattle Education: Over $1B and counting for TFA, Inc., de facto discrimination in charter schools, the failed Microsoft model hoisted onto our educational system and Maryland superintendent says “Stop the insanity!” by seattleducation2011 *The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed.* “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact ... more »

America 4 America | EduShyster

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America 4 America | EduShyster: America 4 America by edushyster2012 *Note: the following originally appeared on Diane Ravitch’s blog, the work of an anonymous author. Whoever he or she is, I am a huge phan…* *America For America* When my family joined the program, I thought being a host sister would be a life-changing event. I’d grown up watching reruns of The Wire and Yo Teach! and I’ve just always felt like I wanted to do my part. For the past two years I’ve been part of the program, I’ve agreed to share my room if the 5th grade student we host is a girl, but naturally a boy stude... more »

School Tech Connect: We're Living With Soviet-Style Disinformation

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School Tech Connect: We're Living With Soviet-Style Disinformation: We're Living With Soviet-Style Disinformation by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Omfg. For example, let's look at the property tax bill for the South Loop townhouse once owned by Mayor Daley, who pretty much invented Chicago's TIF program. According to the bill, that property—now owned by Mayor Daley's daughter—was responsible for $12,889 in taxes this year. Of that, $6,804 went to the Chicago Public Schools. But if you plug the address into Orr's converter, you'll discover that in fact only $506 went to the sch... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Wading Into The Standards Weeds

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Wading Into The Standards Weeds: Wading Into The Standards Weeds by Anngie This week Diane Ravitch took on David Coleman (drafter of the CCSS English Language Arts [ELA] standards and President of the College Board) over his explanation of the Common Core ELA standards. Advice to David Coleman: Revise the Common Core Standards At issue is some confusion and angst over the 70/30 requirement in the ELA standards which states that teachers use 70% literary text and 30% informational text when teaching. Does it mean out with The Great Gatsby and in with GM'... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, December 14, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Heavenly* Mountain Resort | *Tahoe* Education Headlines *Friday, December 14, 2012* Lowder seeking peace in Stockton USDThe initial step for Stockton Unified will be to avail itself of the free help offered by the Justice Department's Community Relations Service, which provides guidance in calming community conflicts. Summerville plans how to spend bond moneySummerville Union High School District will soon start planning construction projects, having gotten the surprising news this week that its $8 million bond measure passed i... more »

Hoover Institution Education Experts Identify News Media Hits and Misses in 2012 Education Coverage | Hoover Institution

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Hoover Institution Education Experts Identify News Media Hits and Misses in 2012 Education Coverage | Hoover Institution: Hoover Institution Education Experts Identify News Media Hits and Misses in 2012 Education Coverage [image: Education in the Media cast vote image without caption] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE STANFORD—After a close analysis of education coverage in the general news media during 2012, the Hoover Institution’s Koret Task Force on K–12 Educationtoday released its list of the five most covered stories (“hits”) and the five most important but neglected stories (“misses”). T... more »

Schools Matter: "I Built This [Lie]"

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Schools Matter: "I Built This [Lie]": "I Built This [Lie]" by P. L. Thomas As the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) virus spreads throughout the United States like a pre-apocalyptic seed of *World War Z*, I recognize that it is no longer cool to recommend fiction and poetry, especially classic fiction and poetry, as texts we might cull some sense from. [1] While my literacy scholarship has strongly recommended creative nonfiction and multicultural works as well as nontraditional texts such as comics/graphic novels and film, I stand firmly beside my colleagues Susan Ohanianand S... more »

RI Teacher Resigns on YouTube; Cites Test Scores

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RI Teacher Resigns on YouTube; Cites Test Scores: RI Teacher Resigns on YouTube; Cites Test Scores By Bob Plain on December 14, 2012 A Providence second grade school teacher said he has resigned because of the over-focus on standardized test scores and posted a video of him reading his resignation letter to YouTube. “I believe my goal as an educator should be to create life-long learners. Rather than creating life long learners Our new goal is to create good test takers. our students are now relegated to experiencing a confining and demeaning education. “I would rather leave my secu... more »

Ed Notes Online: Thoughts on Ed Deform and the 68 Strike

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Ed Notes Online: Thoughts on Ed Deform and the 68 Strike: Thoughts on Ed Deform and the 68 Strike by ed notes online There is an interesting discussion over at Gotham, where a Unity slug is trying to brand MORE as some far out left group based on a comment Peter Lamphere made in motivating the MORE/UFT resolution supporting the NAACP suit on the specialized high schools. That the UFT is supporting the reso is interesting the old historical stand on exams being strictly merit. (See Podair, "The Strike That Changed NY" and the Kahlenberg Shanker bio). You can read the background o... more »

UPDATE: Quinn turns creepy with his pension campaign. « Fred Klonsky

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Quinn turns creepy with his pension campaign. « Fred Klonsky: Illinois unions say that they want state revenue issue addressed. “White Paper” to be released on Monday. by Fred Klonsky I’m calling a press conference. I got a dozen friends who agree with me about pensions. by Fred Klonsky And the press falls for this bullshit. CHICAGO — College students are joining Gov. Pat Quinn in calling for pension reform, saying it’s vital to ensuring access to higher education.More than a dozen students appeared at a press conference with Quinn Wednesday.They said they rely on the state’s Mon... more »

Straight Up Conversation: New Fla. Commissioner Tony Bennett :: Frederick M. Hess

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Straight Up Conversation: New Fla. Commissioner Tony Bennett :: Frederick M. Hess: Straight Up Conversation: New Fla. Commissioner Tony Bennett *by Frederick M. Hess • Dec 14, 2012 at 8:55 am Cross-posted from Education Week* The alternative headline here would've been, "Denver Got P. Manning, Florida Gets T. Bennett." After all, it's been a tough year for Indiana; they keep shipping homegrown stars elsewhere. This spring, the Indianapolis Colts cut ties with all-world quarterback Peyton Manning, with the Denver Broncos outbidding several other franchises for his services. Last ... more »

Advocacy group prevented from speaking about key policy issues due to 14 year-old muzzle agreement. - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Advocacy group prevented from speaking about key policy issues due to 14 year-old muzzle agreement. - Wait, What?: Advocacy group prevented from speaking about key policy issues due to 14 year-old muzzle agreement. by jonpelto A leading Connecticut environmental advocacy group has withdrawn its opposition to a new 20 mile MDC pipeline from Farmington to UConn due to a 1998 agreement with the MDC that it will not speak about MDC plans to divert public water as long as it doesn’t exceed the MDC’s water capacity. Wait, What? According to an article in the Hartford Courant, “The Farmi... more »

Teach for America: The Story of Misinformation

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Teach for America: The Story of Misinformation: Teach for America: The Story of Misinformation by P.L. Thomas What do the following have in common? • Three high-quality teachers in a row can increase student achievement and even life-long earning. [1] • Teachers are the single-most important factor in student learning. [2] • U.S. students sit in the middle of the pack in international rankings of standardized test scores. [3] • On average, Teach for America (TFA) corps members stay in the classroom for eight years. • Santa Claus. [4] The answer: All of the above are widely believed,... more »

Jindal defends his unconstitutional voucher program — MSNBC

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Jindal defends his unconstitutional voucher program — MSNBC: Jindal defends his unconstitutional voucher program Traci G. Lee, @traciglee 6:34 pm on 12/13/2012 [image: (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File)] (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is defending his private tuition voucher program after a Baton Rouge judge ruled it unconstitutional in November. “It is completely dishonest to pretend today that America provides equal opportunity in education. We do not, and if you say that we do, you are lying,” Jindal said at the Brookings Institute on Tuesday. Jindal defen... more »

Across Philadelphia, strong reactions to school closings plan | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Across Philadelphia, strong reactions to school closings plan | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Across Philadelphia, strong reactions to school closings plan by thenotebook *by Benjamin Herold for NewsWorks, a Notebook news partner* It was all Philadelphians could talk about Thursday. The School District of Philadelphia wants to close one-sixth of its schools, a move that would affect about 17,000 students. Inside the school administration building at 440 North Broad Street, dozens of District employees lining the indoor balconies fell into an expectant silence as a row of tele... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 12-14-12 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] School Shooting in Connecticut by dianerav I am in shock. Just heard the news of a mass murder of elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut. CNN says “close to 20″ were killed. News reports on AOL says it is 27, including at least 18 children and the principal. They say the killer was a parent, who wore a bullet-proof vest and brought guns to the school. I keep thinking that we have huge problems in this society, and our policymakers only want to talk about test scores. It may be time to think a... more »

Why Bennett Failed in Indiana and Why He May Again in Florida | Scathing Purple Musings

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Why Bennett Failed in Indiana and Why He May Again in Florida | Scathing Purple Musings: Why Bennett Failed in Indiana and Why He May Again in Florida by Bob Sikes From *Orlando Sentinel *Columnist Scott Maxwell: You may know Florida is getting a new education secretary named Tony Bennett. (No, not that Tony Bennett … though that’d be kind of cool.) What you may not know is we’re getting him only because Indiana tossed him out. Voters of that very conservative state — Mitt Romney won by 10 points in Indiana — booted this conservative reformer from office just last month. Apparent... more »

Rethinkin’ Lincoln | toteachornototeach

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Rethinkin’ Lincoln | toteachornototeach: Rethinkin’ Lincoln by aristotlethewise *Rethinkin’ Lincoln on the 150th Birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation* [image: LincolnSlave] by Bill Bigelow Here’s a history quiz to use with people you run into today: Ask them who ended slavery. I taught high school U.S. history for almost 30 years, and as we began our study, students knew the obvious answer: Abraham Lincoln. But by the time our study ended, several weeks later, their “Who ended slavery?” essays were more diverse, more complex — and more accurate. In coming months and years, tea... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Nassau Junkanoo and the King H.S. sit-in

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Nassau Junkanoo and the King H.S. sit-in: Nassau Junkanoo and the King H.S. sit-in by Mike Klonsky Junkanoo in NassauNASSAU, BAHAMAS-- On winter break. We couldn't pass up a chance, between family visits in Florida, to grab a cheap fare from Miami over to Nassau for a couple of days of R&R. It's nice to be able to escape the Chicago winter for a few days but I've still got my mind on Chicago schools, especially after reading the Sun-Times story about yesterday's student sit-in at King College Prep, where 500 students demanded the firing of principal*S... more »

NYC Educator: Garden Party

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NYC Educator: Garden Party: Garden Party by NYC Educator *by Recovering ATR * So I got some frantic text messages this week from my old workplace, the first school I ever worked at, that alternative transfer high school. Apparently there had been mayhem Monday morning. This is what transpired: Boy A approaches Boy B to buy drugs in the hallways. Boy B hands over the drugs, but then is careless and lets it show that he has much more in his bag and also about $500 in cash. Boy A sees an opportunity, pulls out a gun, and says, "Give me your entire bag and all your money." Boy B pani... more »

Jersey Jazzman: His Majesty Eli Broad, King of New Jersey

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Jersey Jazzman: His Majesty Eli Broad, King of New Jersey: His Majesty Eli Broad, King of New Jersey by Duke There are a few foolish people left in this state who think we live in a democracy. Maybe this will convince them otherwise: What passes for educational reform in New Jersey has relied heavily on private foundation money — millions from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, among others — and a common complaint of critics is that the public is rarely made aware of the conditions of those grants. *One recent grant from a California-based foundation includes this unus... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 12-13-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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*Nite Cap UPDATE**UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* Why Not Teach For America (Guest Post by Robin Lane) by dloitz [image: not teachforamerica]Well, it’s about that time of year — when seniors start frantically applying for fellowships and internships and jobs, the socially conscious among them aching for a career that will allow them to change the world, others looking for something they can put on their application for law school. Then comes along the recruiting powerhouse of Teach for America, to assure college students that yes, you can in fact change the world AND have an in to la... more »

Deeper Learning | Taking Note

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Deeper Learning | Taking Note: Deeper Learning by John Merrow John needs ideas for PBS. *John is currently attempting to raise money to complete a documentary film about the rise of the charter school in New Orleans. If you’d like to help him with this goal, please visit this site.* In a blog posted on Edutopia in 2011, George Lucas, the filmmaker and education activist, wrote: “Recently on Edutopia.org, we published observations from 8th graders about what they believe creates an engaging learning experience. Their answers were straightforward and definitive: project-based learn... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Jim Devor on how the innovative admission plan of D13 & D15 school was engineered

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NYC Public School Parents: Jim Devor on how the innovative admission plan of D13 & D15 school was engineered: Jim Devor on how the innovative admission plan of D13 & D15 school was engineered by Leonie Haimson Recently, the Daily News Editorial Page had the unique occasion to sing the praises of a progressive targeted admissions program that the Community Education Councils for Districts 13 ("CEC-13") and 15 ("CEC-15") wrested from the DoE as part of the new [re]construction of PS 133 in Brooklyn's Prospect Heights. In particular, the Daily News voiced strong approval of the pla... more »

Big Education Ape - SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 12-13-12 #soschat #edreform

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* Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break * Teacher Tips for the Impending Apocolypse by NYC Educator As I'm certain you all know, the world is due to end a week from tomorrow. Not only that, but if the UFT does not agree to an evaluation that AFT President Randi Weingarten just labeled "junk science," Mayor Bloomberg will impose draconian cuts on the school system, just because he can. After all, mayoral control means he can do what he wants, when he wants, how he wants, and if you don't like it, you can just take a hike, pal. Me, I'm giving a test on Friday. This makes perfec... more »

Welcome new Parents Across America chapters! Support PAA! | Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Support PAA! | Parents Across America: Philly affiliate files ethics complaint against foundation by pureparents Our Philadelphia founding member, Helen Gym, shared news reports that her group, Parents United for Public Education, and others have filed an ethics complaint against the William Penn Foundation and the Boston Consulting Group, alleging that BCG was acting as a lobbyist when it developed a plan for the School District of Philadelphia including major school closures and charter expansion, funded through and at the direction of the foundation. BCG would have been required... more »

Diane in the Evening 12-13-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: A Bizarre Article Planted by StudentsFirst by dianerav I usually ignore editorials and opinion articles in the tabloids of New York City because 99% say the same things: public schools are bad, public school teachers are awful or criminal or should be fired, and charter schools are all great. Today, however, someone on Twitter asked me about an opinion piece in the Daily News. I read it and discovered it was written by someone who said he was the father of twin daughters in kindergarten in Brooklyn. The girls were in different classes. The father is upset... more »

Ed Notes Online: Charter School Head Merriman Hones Comedy Act

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Ed Notes Online: Charter School Head Merriman Hones Comedy Act: Charter School Head Merriman Hones Comedy Act *“It’s not the date,” said New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman. “It’s the data.”* I like it James. "It's not the date. It's the data." Got a great beat and you can dance the charter/DOE tango to it. Really, James Merriman may be the funniest man in America. The rejection of teacher evaluation requirements also comes from a sector that has sought greater accountability for teachers, principals and schools. In their letter to school leaders, *Merriman a... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Joyce and Megan's story with a (somewhat) happy ending for this holiday season

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NYC Public School Parents: Joyce and Megan's story with a (somewhat) happy ending for this holiday season: Joyce and Megan's story with a (somewhat) happy ending for this holiday season by Leonie Haimson Megan Marrera credit: NY Post *Here is the story of a Queens parent, Joyce Caba, who refused to allow her honor-roll daughter, Megan, to be denied her chance to graduate from middle school after the DOE claimed she had flunked her 8th grade English Language Arts exam. * *We first found out about Megan’s plight from a comment Joyce left on **our NYC Public School Parents blog** ... more »

Throughout December and January: Whole Child and Common Core — Whole Child Education

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Throughout December and January: Whole Child and Common Core — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]Throughout December and January: Whole Child and Common Core December 13, 2012 by Klea Scharberg Educators have a unique opportunity to reset the playing field and to make the Common Core State Standards work for them. We can implement the standards, align them to a whole child approach to education, and ensure that both support and enhance each other. The Common Core and a whole child approach are not opposites, rather they do not and should not have to... more »

Standing up for middle class families in Michigan - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Standing up for middle class families in Michigan - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard: Standing up for middle class families in Michigan by LilysBlackboard Standing up for middle class families in Michigan Dec 13th, 2012 by LilysBlackboard. [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] Strong unions in Michigan have been a force in strengthening the middle class by bringing back more than 20,000 jobs while helping rescue the then-collapsing auto industry. In states with these so-called “right-to-work” laws, workers make an average of $1,500 less per year, 21 percent more p... more »

WHY TEACHERS SHOULD VOTE NO ON THE LAUSD-UTLA DECEMBER 2012 EVALUATION PROCEDURES SUPPLEMENT By Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com

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WHY TEACHERS SHOULD VOTE NO ON THE LAUSD-UTLA DECEMBER 2012 EVALUATION PROCEDURES SUPPLEMENT By Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com: WHY TEACHERS SHOULD VOTE NO ON THE LAUSD-UTLA DECEMBER 2012 EVALUATION PROCEDURES SUPPLEMENT By Dr. John Fernandez by Leonard Isenberg [image: Dr. John Fernandez.jpg] (Mensaje se repite en Espa├▒ol) * * *Dr. John Fernandez submitted the following to Perdaily as reasons to not vote for the Tentative Agreement on teacher assessment. Perdaily thinks there are already several more basic reasons to vote against the TA:* *1. The TA tacitly presupposes that stud... more »

This Week In Education: Update: Reviewing StudentsFirst's Union Positions

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This Week In Education: Update: Reviewing StudentsFirst's Union Positions: Update: Reviewing StudentsFirst's Union Positions by Alexander Russo Having watched the official comments, updates, and Twitter back and forth on where Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst organization stands on the "right-to-work" law that just passed in Michigan, a friendly tipster from the AFT gathered up some clips from the past couple of years that includes "every collective bargaining fight over the last couple of years and the role StudentsFirst played in each one as reference." Yesterday, StudentsFirst ga... more »








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