Tuesday, November 12, 2013

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James Baldwin said it best: 

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


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Sorry, Nicholas Kristof, There’s Still No Proof School Reform Helps
Sorry, Nicholas Kristof, There’s Still No Proof School Reform Helps: Sorry, Nicholas Kristof, There’s Still No Proof School Reform HelpsIt’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry when an “All-Purpose-Pundit” at The New York Times takes it upon him/herself to write a commentary about education.“Thomas Friedman is infamous for his uninformed pieces on education,” Larry Ferlazzo, a retired schoolteacher and ubiquitous education commentator on the Internet recently observed. And there’s “David Brooks, who is equally off-base.”Diane Ravitch, lamenting a recent column by Times editorialist Bill Kelle
ED Launches Engagement Process Following Report on U.S. Adults’ Skills | ED.gov Blog
ED Launches Engagement Process Following Report on U.S. Adults’ Skills | ED.gov Blog: ED Launches Engagement Process Following Report on U.S. Adults’ SkillsPosted on November 12, 2013 by Brenda Dann-MessierLast month, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the findings of the international Survey of Adult Skills, a product of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). The results showed that on the three domains (literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in a technology-rich environment), the U.S. average performance is signif
REPOST: Why We’re Opting Out of the ELA Student Voice
Student Voice: REPOST: Why We’re Opting Out of the ELARepost from the Spectator, October 29. Written by David Cahn and Jack Cahn. On Wednesday, October 30, we will decline to participate in the English Language Assessment (ELA) that is the first step in the implementation of New York City’s new teacher evaluation regime. We do so because the Danielson Framework, though well-intentioned, is fundamentally flawed in its execution. The consequence of a deliberation process with little transparency or input from key stakeholders (students and parents), the new evaluation system is arbitrary, confus

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NYC Educator: Governor Andy Takes Another Principled Stand
NYC Educator: Governor Andy Takes Another Principled Stand: Governor Andy Takes Another Principled StandNY Governor Andrew 1% Cuomo has decided he will work with Bill de Blasio, our newly-elected mayor, to make pre-K available for all city students. But he doesn't much like the part about people who make over $500K paying a little bit more in taxes. After all, Governor Andy has principles. He kill
Teaching in a Dystopic State ! : Here They Are! The Titans of Education "Reform" !
Teaching in a Dystopic State ! : Here They Are! The Titans of Education "Reform" !: Here They Are! The Titans of Education "Reform" !These are the people that are telling teachers what to teach, when to teach and how to teach? How many other professions would stand idly by and allow this to happen without protest?Would we ever expect to have a Surgeon General without medical ex
Rally for a Raise | United Teachers Los Angeles
Rally for a Raise | United Teachers Los Angeles: Rally for a RaiseStart: 11/13/2013 4:00 pmEnd: 11/13/2013 6:00 pm"It's About Time"Left represents the number of days as of Nov. 13, 2013UTLA will be holding a mass “It’s About Time” rally outside LAUSD headquarters beginning at 4 p.m. and making our demands at 5 p..m on November 13.UTLA member participation is key. LAUSD will not willingly
Ohio Blogger Contrasts College Teacher Credentialing with TFA | janresseger
Ohio Blogger Contrasts College Teacher Credentialing with TFA | janresseger: Ohio Blogger Contrasts College Teacher Credentialing with TFAPosted on November 12, 2013 by janressegerPlunderbund, Eric Vessels’ Columbus, Ohio blog, tracks political corruption. Vessels named his blog after a word he discovered on a word-of-the-day calendar.  According to Vessels, “plunderbund – [U.S. colloq.] A corrupt
PSAT for 11-12-13: Dump Vallas, rescue TIF ordinance, plan for Neighborhood Fair and inBloom forum
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 11-12-13: Dump Vallas, rescue TIF ordinance, plan for Neighborhood Fair and inBloom forum: PSAT for 11-12-13: Dump Vallas, rescue TIF ordinance, plan for Neighborhood Fair and inBloom forumSo much activism this week.Here’s a petition to sign opposing Pat Quinn’s pick of Paul Vallas as his running mate.Here’s the link to tell your a
"The New Public" Tackles Poverty and Education | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com
"The New Public" Tackles Poverty and Education | The Poverty Line, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com: “The New Public” Tackles Poverty and EducationNovember 12, 2013by Greg Kaufmann and Elaine WeissWe’re proud to collaborate with The Nation in sharing insightful journalism related to income inequality in America. The following is an excerpt from Nation contributor Greg Kaufmann’s “This
11-12-13 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: DoDEA: What Can Happen without Corporate Education Reform, NCLB, RttT, etc.When NCLBA exempted Department of Defense schools, some whined that it was unfair: after all.  Rather than protesting the grandiose stupidity of the law to begin with, the National School Boards Association contended that DoDEA schools should be put into the same vice as the the rest of America's schools tha
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: from the wonderful folks who brought you Parent Revolution & the Parent Trigger: CELEBRATORY SELF CONGRATULATION!
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: from the wonderful folks who brought you Parent Revolution & the Parent Trigger: CELEBRATORY SELF CONGRATULATION!: from the wonderful folks who brought you Parent Revolution & the Parent Trigger: CELEBRATORY SELF CONGRATULATION!Why I Wrote the Nation’s First Parent-Trigger LawCOMMENTARYBY GLORIA ROMERO IN EDWEEK |HTTP://BIT.LY/1GGQJOJNovember 5,
11-12-13 Education Opportunity Network
Education Opportunity Network: 11/12/2013 – Still No Proof School Reform HelpsNovember 12, 2013 Subscribe THIS WEEK: Childcare More Expensive Than College … Schools For Wealthy Get More Funding … School Segregation Problem … Ending School To Prison Pipeline … College Misconceptions TOP STORY Sorry Nicholas Kristof, Still No Proof School Reform Helps By Jeff Bryant “Prompted by the latest results o
National Day of Action set for Dec. 9 Reclaim the Promise of Public Education
AFT - A Union of Professionals - National Day of Action set for Dec. 9: National Day of Action set for Dec. 9Public education is under assault, and decades of top-down edicts, mass school closures, privatization, and test fixation with sanctions instead of support haven't moved the needle in the right direction.It's time to reclaim the promise of public education—not as it is today or as it was in
THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG 11-12-13 Common Core: An Educator's Perspective
Common Core: An Educator's Perspective — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGCommon Core: An Educator’s PerspectiveNovember 7, 2013 by Steven WeberIf the state of North Carolina decides to pull the plug on the Common Core State Standards, it will be a slap in the face to the teachers and administrators who have spent countless hours (most on their own time without reimbursement) preparing t
Exporting of Manufacturing Jobs the Smoking Gun Behind Achievement Gap | Uppity Wisconsin
Exporting of Manufacturing Jobs the Smoking Gun Behind Achievement Gap | Uppity Wisconsin: Exporting of Manufacturing Jobs the Smoking Gun Behind Achievement GapSubmitted by Jud Lounsbury on Tue, 11/12/2013 - 10:05amLast week, the embarrassing but true headline was that Wisconsin is far and away the national leader in the so-called achievement gap—the difference between average test scores of Afri
NAEP and “Getting Tough on Teachers” | Taking Note
NAEP and “Getting Tough on Teachers” | Taking Note: NAEP and “Getting Tough on Teachers”by JOHN MERROW on 12. NOV, 2013 in 2013 BLOGS, 2013 DC, MICHELLE RHEEWhen the scores on the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were released, much was made of gains registered in Washington, DC, which led the nation in rate of improvement. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson called them “brea
11-12-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Tuesday Open ThreadI was fortunate enough to go to the ACLU dinner on Saturday night and they premiered a new promo by Macklemore for ACLU.  It's pointedly funny (he is, as he says, a rapper) and effective.From Gizmodo, a pretty great domino smackdown featuring a card trick and imploding domino structures - show the kids.Also for the kids about resiliency, Doodleal
Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, November 12, 2013
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Weintraub: Making sure disadvanted kids don’t get lost in the reform shuffleEducation HeadlinesTuesday, November 12, 2013Coachella Valley High Arabs mascot performs at rivalry football gameThe “Arab” danced and the crowd cheered, brimming with school pride in spite of a highly publicized mascot controversy, or perhaps because of it.Weintraub:
Advice for parents: Creating an effective Individualized Education Program | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Advice for parents: Creating an effective Individualized Education Program | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Advice for parents: Creating an effective Individualized Education Programby thenotebook on Nov 12 2013="" style="color: rgb(76, 153, 72); cursor: pointer; float: left; padding: 0px 2px;">Share on emailMore Sharing ServicesCOMMENTS (0)PRINTby Anne L. Hunter        
John Thompson: Is Moving Strong Teachers to Struggling Schools a Viable Strategy? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
John Thompson: Is Moving Strong Teachers to Struggling Schools a Viable Strategy? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: Is Moving Strong Teachers to Struggling Schools a Viable Strategy?By Anthony Cody on November 12, 2013 10:49 AMGuest post by John Thompson.‪In the pseudo-documentary/propaganda film Waiting for Superman, we were told of something called "the dance of
Morning Wink 11-12-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as readThe Data Quality Campaign: Encouraging States to Ramp Up Data Collection | deutsch29The Data Quality Campaign: Encouraging States to Ramp Up Data Collection | deutsch29: The Data Quality Campaign: Encouraging States to Ramp Up Data CollectionNovember 12, 2013In April 2013, I wrote a post about the inBloom database and Louisiana Superintendent
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-12-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Wendy Lecker: Common Core Violates Connecticut’s ConstitutionWendy Lecker is a civil rights attorney and an education activist. In this column in the Stamford Advocate, she argues that the Common Core standards violate the Constitution of the State of Connecticut. The state constitution clearly states (as most people once understoo
The Data Quality Campaign: Encouraging States to Ramp Up Data Collection | deutsch29
The Data Quality Campaign: Encouraging States to Ramp Up Data Collection | deutsch29: The Data Quality Campaign: Encouraging States to Ramp Up Data CollectionNovember 12, 2013In April 2013, I wrote a post about the inBloom database and Louisiana Superintendent John White’s secret arrangement with inBloom. White’s inBloom arrangement is not the only student data sharing agreement into which White h
11-12-13 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: “Fahrenheit 451″ 60 Years Later: “Why do we need the things in books?”\”Fahrenheit 451\” 60 Years Later: \”Why do we need the things in books?\”. via “Fahrenheit 451″ 60 Years Later: “Why do we need the things in books?”.4 by plthomasedd / 2h YESTERDAYThe Data Quality Campaign: Encouraging States to Ramp Up Data CollectionIn April 2013, I wrote a post about the inBloom database a
11-12-13 With A Brooklyn Accent
With A Brooklyn Accent: On Today's Protest Against NY Ed Commissioner King at Ward Melville HSWOO HOO!!!!Woke up this morning in a GREAT MOOD, ready to join THOUSANDS of Long Island parents, teachers and students at 5:45 protesting another closed forum sponsored by NY Ed Commissioner John King at Ward Melville HS in East Setauket. Since Commissioner King seems constitutionally incapable of actuall
11-12-13 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Today's Protest Against Tisch And King At Ward Melville High SchoolMark Naison writes:Woke up this morning in a GREAT MOOD, ready to join THOUSANDS of Long Island parents, teachers and students at 5:45 protesting another closed forum sponsored by NY Ed Commissioner John King at Ward Melville HS in East Setauket. Since Commissioner King seems constitutionally incapable of act
11-12-13 Wait What?
Wait What?: Chicago’s leading blog: “Bridgeport Tenure Shows Vallas May Be Failing Upward in Illinois”In a blunt assessment of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s decision to select Paul Vallas as his running mate, Chicago’s leading political blog, “The Ward Room,” experts in Illinois are recognizing that Vallas is hardly the superstar he makes himself out to be. The Ward Room writes, “To hear education
11-12-13 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: Fraternity pledge loses testicle in hazing stuntThe nauseating fraternity/sorority stories  – many of them involving hazing — just keep on coming. The latest is from Wilmington College in Ohio, where three pledges of Gamma Phi Gamma who were taken to the basement of the fraternity, called “Gobbler House,” and subjected to a series of miserable exercises, including being blindfold
I Am Malala: A Book Review
Shanker Blog » I Am Malala: A Book Review: I Am Malala: A Book ReviewPosted by Randall Garton on November 12, 2013In October, 2012, the Pakistani Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala Yousafzai, a teenager known throughout Pakistan for her outspoken advocacy of woman’s rights, especially a woman’s right to education. Standing up for women’s rights can be a risky business in countries such as Pak
11-12-13 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): “Fahrenheit 451″ 60 Years Later: “Why do we need the things in books?”“Sometimes writers write about a world that does not yet exist,” Neil Gaiman begins his Introduction to the 60th Anniversary Edition of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451: This is a book of warning. It is a
11-12-13 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: New Multimedia On Typhoon TragedyHere are the newest additions to The Best Resources For Learning About Typhoon Haiyan: Here are some resources from The New York Times: Mapping the Destruction of Typhoon Haiyan is an interactive. Pictures of Typhoon Haiyan’s Wrath Here’s another video:10 by Larry Ferlazzo / 2h  11-11-13 Lar
11-12-13 Fred Klonsky | Running for our pensions. | VOTE 4 Fred Klonsky
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Yolanda relief.The videos are almost too painful to watch. I cannot imagine what is must be like to have family there and not know if they are dead or alive. If you can, make a donation to the typhoon Yolanda relief. I prefer to donate to smaller, on-the-ground organizations. But do what you can to wh
Does California’s New Testing Law Help or Hurt? | InterACT
Does California’s New Testing Law Help or Hurt? | InterACT: Does California’s New Testing Law Help or Hurt?NOVEMBER 12, 2013tags: ab484, SF Chronicle, standardized testingby David B. CohenIs an obsolete test an appropriate accountability tool?About a week ago, the San Francisco Chronicle published a guest editorial by George Miller – Congressman, NCLB architect, and a “hero” to Democrats for Educa
Ed Reform Needs a Nixon-to-China Moment - Bridging Differences - Education Week
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The Shriver Report – Advice for New Parents – Moms AND Dads
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LA Unified board to vote on future of iPad program | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Study war no more
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Attorney to court: Wis. union plan is burden - SFGate
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Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s new spawn: Dem governor taps top charter-lover for ticket - Salon.com
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Nite Cap 11-11-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPTODAYNYC Public School Parents: Kim Sweet: Why parents and students should have input into a new teacher evaluation systemNYC Public School Parents: Kim Sweet: Why parents and students should have input into a new teacher evaluation system: Kim S






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