Friday, November 22, 2013

Nite Cap 11-22-13 #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."


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Louisiana Educator: White Proposes Major Changes to CCSS Phase in, Teacher Evaluations, and School Grading
Louisiana Educator: White Proposes Major Changes to CCSS Phase in, Teacher Evaluations, and School Grading: White Proposes Major Changes to CCSS Phase in, Teacher Evaluations, and School GradingResponding to a rising Tsunami of parent and teacher protest of the radical changes imposed on Louisiana education by Jindal and White, the Superintendent is now proposing a major slowdown of the Common Core roll-out and teacher VAM evaluations connected to the new standards. Superintendent White released a list of proposed changes to be presented to BESE at their December meetingSuperintendent White an
solidaridad: Re-elect Tom Torlakson: a teacher working for schools and kids
solidaridad: Re-elect Tom Torlakson: a teacher working for schools and kids: Re-elect Tom Torlakson: a teacher working for schools and kidsA friendly note on organizing and UTLAI keep hearing a lot of UTLA people complaining that they can't organize because of leadership. I sure want to know how those people explain how amazing UTLA activists like Anne Zerrien-Lee, Ingrid Villeda, Cheryl Ortega, Kelly Flores, Sean Abajian, José Lara, Mike Gonzales, Matthew Kogan, and others who organize successful actions and campaigns on a constant basis.Maybe because instead of saying that they "can't o
11-22-13 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: The Disconnect Between the “College Push” and Projected Louisiana Career RealityJohn White insists that Louisiana needs “the higher academic expectations” that supposedly come with the untested Common Core State Standards (CCSS). He insists that CCSS will “prepare students for the rigor of education after high school” and cites the lametable statistic that “fewer that 30 percent of Louisianans have a two- or four-year degree.” There […]by deutsch29 / 2h @thechalkface and @slekar talking turkey: Studio VersionsShaun and I have been doing the Sunday night radio show on Blog Tal

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Fattah: Use corporate fines to improve mentoring and STEM programs | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Fattah: Use corporate fines to improve mentoring and STEM programs | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Fattah: Use corporate fines to improve mentoring and STEM programsby thenotebook on Nov 22 2013 Posted in Latest news="" style="cursor: pointer; float: left; padding: 0px 2px;">Share on emailMore Sharing ServicesCOMMENTS (0)PRINTPhoto: Isaac RiddleRep. Chaka Fattah announci
NYC Educator: High School Students Expose Tweed Incompetence
NYC Educator: High School Students Expose Tweed Incompetence: High School Students Expose Tweed IncompetenceYou read this, but you just can't believe it. The geniuses at Tweed thought it was a good idea to give those tests to find out how badly city teachers suck, and decided to post the answers online. Curious high school students, who got to think about the test answers overnight, looked it up o
The Disconnect Between the “College Push” and Projected Louisiana Career Reality | deutsch29
The Disconnect Between the “College Push” and Projected Louisiana Career Reality | deutsch29: The Disconnect Between the “College Push” and Projected Louisiana Career RealityNovember 22, 2013John White insists that Louisiana needs “the higher academic expectations” that supposedly come with the untested Common Core State Standards (CCSS). He insists that CCSS will “prepare students for the rigor o
Blue Jersey:: Fight Back Against the Assault on Public Education: Dec. 9 Day of Action
Blue Jersey:: Fight Back Against the Assault on Public Education: Dec. 9 Day of Action: Fight Back Against the Assault on Public Education: Dec. 9 Day of Actionby: Bob BraunFri Nov 22, 2013 at 02:59:53 PM ESTpromoted by RosiThe assault on public education isn't confined to Newark or Montclair or Highland Park or Camden. Not confined to Chris Christie's New Jersey. It's a national phenomenon and co
Michelle Obama Has Always Leaned In - Dana Goldstein
Michelle Obama Has Always Leaned In - Dana Goldstein: Michelle Obama Has Always Leaned InMichelle Cottle has written a Politico Magazine piece about Michelle Obama, called "Leaning Out: How Michelle Obama became a feminist nightmare." Cottle writes that Michelle has "always" prioritized the domestic sphere over the public, political one, thus enraging feminists. But that's not
Evaluate This! | EduShyster
Evaluate This! | EduShyster: Evaluate This!Happy Accountability Day, reader! But how best to celebrate when nearly every day seems to be Accountability Day these days? In Massachusetts we like to mark the passage of a consequential day with consequences by scouring newly released teacher ratings in order to finally, FINALLY, smoke out those bad teachers. So pull up a chair and uncork the wine box—
‘True Grit’ in LA: Five ways teachers, parents, schools come together | Hechinger Report
‘True Grit’ in LA: Five ways teachers, parents, schools come together | Hechinger Report: ‘True Grit’ in LA: Five ways teachers, parents, schools come togetherBy Angie Trae-GreenbargWhen it comes to meeting our students’ needs, it’s no secret among teachers that partnerships with parents are crucial. We may get to know students well during a seven-hour school day, but as teachers, we can never hop
11-22-13 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Memphis Sales Tax Increase to Fund Corporate Pre-K DefeatedDespite the fact that the Hyde Family (Autozone) spent hundreds of thousands on a media campaign, and despite the fact that the Memphis Corporate Appeal gave unlimited free space to push this plan, the voters of Memphis voted 60-40 against. The Memphis sales-tax referendum failed Thursday by an overwhelming margin of 60 per
John Thompson: Game-Changers Go for the Grit - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
John Thompson: Game-Changers Go for the Grit - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: Game-Changers Go for the GritBy Anthony Cody on November 21, 2013 8:45 PMGuest post by John Thompson.The Hechinger Report's Sarah Butrymowicz, in "Teachers Weigh In on How to Identify Grit,"  explains that the word "Grit" has become an education buzzword. It is a term for
Cali Education Headlines Friday, November 22, 2013
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: California requests federal school testing waiverEducation HeadlinesFriday, November 22, 2013FCMAT provides links to California K-12 news stories as a service to the industry. However, some stories may not be accessible because of newspapers' subscription policies.Oxnard Union school board not ready to vote on controversial union agreementDeb
Expanding Accountability through Rating and Ranking of Colleges: A Bad Idea | janresseger
Expanding Accountability through Rating and Ranking of Colleges: A Bad Idea | janresseger: Expanding Accountability through Rating and Ranking of Colleges: A Bad IdeaPosted on November 22, 2013 by janressegerIn Silly Season at the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, explores serious concerns about President Obama’s recent proposal that th
Morning Wink 11-22-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS mark as read11-22-13 Seattle Schools Community ForumSeattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open ThreadToday will see the long-awaited hearing on the Washington State charter school law.  Charlie or I hope to make the hearing and will let you know what is said/outcomes.What a long week it has been.  President Smith-Blum told the audience last night that s
11-22-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open ThreadToday will see the long-awaited hearing on the Washington State charter school law.  Charlie or I hope to make the hearing and will let you know what is said/outcomes.What a long week it has been.  President Smith-Blum told the audience last night that she planned to sleep in today (and that was at the beginning of the meeting). I plan to take som
Corbett’s PA: Finding more ways to punish kids | Parents United for Public Education
Corbett’s PA: Finding more ways to punish kids | Parents United for Public Education: Corbett’s PA: Finding more ways to punish kidsPosted on November 22, 2013 by HELENGYMLeave a comment(Signe Wilkinson for the Philadelphia Daily News, 3/14/2012)On Wednesday, the State Board of Education voted 3-2 to implement mandatory Keystone graduation exams beginning with this year’s ninth grade class. The e
How the Kennedy Tragedy Made Me a Better Teacher
How the Kennedy Tragedy Made Me a Better Teacher: How the Kennedy Tragedy Made Me a Better Teacherby ERNIE MCCRAY on NOVEMBER 22, 2013 · 0 COMMENTSin CIVIL RIGHTS, EDUCATION, FROM THE SOUL, HISTORY, SAN DIEGOBy Ernie McCrayOn November 22, 1963, I was a twenty-five year old sixth grade teacher enjoying my second year serving students at Perry Elementary. Before recess that day we had gotten the new
Food For Change The Story of Cooperation in America
Trailer – Food For Change: Food for Change Trailer from Home Planet Pictures on Vimeo.Food For Change is a feature-length documentary about the history of the co-op movement and food co-ops today. The goal of the film is to raise awareness nationally about the cooperative economic model, promote cross-sector cooperative collaboration, and provide cooperative education to co-op members, college stu
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: 4 STORIES + A PRESS RELEASE ON “TESTING THE TEST”: The headline says students will be tested …that isn’t quite true
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: 4 STORIES + A PRESS RELEASE ON “TESTING THE TEST”: The headline says students will be tested …that isn’t quite true: 4 STORIES + A PRESS RELEASE ON “TESTING THE TEST”: The headline says students will be tested …that isn’t quite trueAltered state plan will test students in English and mathBY HOWARD BLUME - LATIMES.COM HTTP://LAT.MS/1FQVVYLStudents concen
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-22-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: How Do You Spell Disaster? A Round-Up of Bloggers on Duncan’s Gaffe About the MomsJonathan Pelto has collected a long list of posts by bloggers around the nation, reacting to Duncan’s amazing statement that “white suburban moms” are opposed to Common Core because they were disappointed to discover that their child is not so brillia
11-22-13 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.: Lunch bets and phone calls on the pension bill.The IEA and their partners in the We Are One coalition of state public employee unions are finally mobilizing for what may be a special session of the Illinois General Assembly. The GA leaders in Springfield have notified the representatives that they may
11-22-13 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: You Can Now Add Maps To PinterestPinterest has just added the ability to add maps to your Pinterest boards. You can read moare about it at TechCrunch and Mashable. You can see an example below. It could be a helpful feature for students. However, since Pinterest is presently blocked in most Districts, I doubt it will used m
11-22-13 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Jim Vail: Should Karen Lewis Run for Mayor?Jim Vail poses an interesting question at Second City Teacher along with an interesting analysis. I missed Karen at Brooklyn College the other day. Might have been a fun question to ask.Chicago Mayor Karen Lewis? Should Karen Lewis Run for Mayor?By Jim VailWhen it comes to politics, it's pretty dismal.The reason we the workers are losing,
11-22-13 Wait What?
Wait What?: Capital Prep Steve Perry’s shocking record of failure on student bullyingMore than 18 months after a serious bullying incident occurred at Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Steve Perry has yet to properly implement the corrective action plan that was developed in response to the event. According to former parents and teachers at Capital Prep, as well as documents related to the state’
11-22-13 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: JFK quiz: How much do you know?Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know that Friday, Nov. 22, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of president John F. Kennedy. How much do you know about his life and times? Test yourself:   1) Which is not true about John F. Kennedy’s father, Joseph Patrick Kennedy? a) He made a […]    by Valerie Strauss / 4h 11-21-13 The Answer
11-22-13 teacherken at Daily Kos
teacherken at Daily Kos: NY TIMES: Democracy Returns to the SenateFor five years, Senate Republicans have refused to allow confirmation votes on dozens of perfectly qualified candidates nominated by President Obama for government positions. They tried to nullify entire federal agencies by denying them leaders. They abused Senate rules past the point of tolerance or responsibility. And so they were
11-22-13 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Failed Movie Director Lectures About Education ReformFrom the NY Post:M. Night Shyamalan, who directed “The Sixth Sense,” focused on education for his recently published book, “I Got Schooled.”At the apartment of former CNN anchor Campbell Brown, who founded the Parents’ Transparency Project, Shyamalan spoke to a group that included Grace Hightower, Katie Couric, Alexandra P
Fake and Real Student Voice | Ideas and Thoughts
Fake and Real Student Voice | Ideas and Thoughts: Fake and Real Student Voice Here’s the lastest video educator’s are jacked about:I like much about this video. I like the message. I like the way it’s shot. I like the girls. What I don’t like is the perception that this is the girl’s invention. It’s not. These girls are likely no more into inventing and making than most girls their age. While I mi
State board approves biology books; orders factual checks on two | Dallas Morning News
State board approves biology books; orders factual checks on two | Dallas Morning News: State board approves biology books; orders factual checks on twoBy Terrence Stutztstutz@dallasnews.com1:56 am on November 22, 2013 | Permalink110AUSTIN – State Board of Education members late Thursday tentatively approved new high school science books that include full coverage of evolution without the disclaim
Judge Smails Tells Danny Noonan He Is Not College Ready southbronxschool.com
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Judge Smails Tells Danny Noonan He Is Not College ReadyIn the 1980 hit comedy,"Caddyshack" (Which I have watch hundreds of times), caddy extraordinaire Danny Noonan attempts to curry favor with Judge Smails to win Bushwood's caddy scholarship. This coming on the heels of the untimely death of Carl Lipbaum, the original winner who suddenly died of a severe
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago Tonight's panel of "experts". No teachers allowed.
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Chicago Tonight's panel of "experts". No teachers allowed.: Chicago Tonight's panel of "experts". No teachers allowed.Just watched Chicago Tonight show on dropout prevention. Shouldn't have eaten first.The panel, which included CPS' new accountability chief John Barker, must have set the world record for empty, meaningless cliches abut Common Core
Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S. - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic
Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S. - Noah Berlatsky - The Atlantic: Japan's Cutthroat School System: A Cautionary Tale for the U.S.A new book shows how fixating on testing and achievement can backfire. "No Child Left Behind." "Race to the Top." The names suggest mobility, progress, moving on up and not falling back. The goal of education, according

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Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 11-21-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMAfter federal threat, California agrees to administer both math and English tests this springStudents taking a test. ; Credit: knittymarie/Flickr (cc by-nc-nd) California’s Department of Education announced Thursday that it’s backing down from a plan to give students just one of the new math and English standardized tests this spring. “T
Top Sacramento City schools administrator tapped as interim superintendent - Our Region - The Sacramento Bee
Top Sacramento City schools administrator tapped as interim superintendent - Our Region - The Sacramento Bee: Top Sacramento City schools administrator tapped as interim superintendentBy Loretta Kalblkalb@sacbee.comPublished: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 - 8:32 pmSara NoguchiBoard members for Sacramento city schools tapped a top district administrator Thursday night to serve as interim superintendent a
CMD Exposes America’s “Highest Paid Government Workers” | PR Watch
CMD Exposes America’s “Highest Paid Government Workers” | PR Watch: CMD Exposes America’s “Highest Paid Government Workers”    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Friday Thorn, friday_thorn@prwatch.org- Hint: They aren’t your local teachers, nurses and social workers - New initiative will expose the CEOs who take over public services and divert millions of tax dollars out of communities and into their p
Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under Fire - Mon., Nov. 18, 2013
Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under Fire - Mon., Nov. 18, 2013: Pearson's Big Ed Biz Is Under FireBy Jack O'Dwyer PR exec Kate James, who is leaving the Gates Foundation to be chief corporate affairs officer at Pearson at the start of the year, will bring lots of controversy with her when she delivers the annual Distinguished Lecture to the Institute for PR Thursday at the Yale Club.The IPR website does
Heresy or Reality?: Todd Mertz tells it like it is. | Reclaim Reform
Heresy or Reality?: Todd Mertz tells it like it is. | Reclaim Reform: Heresy or Reality?: Todd Mertz tells it like it is.Posted on November 21, 2013by Ken PrevitiA) The attacks against public education are spearheaded by the scapegoating of teachers – past and present teachers.B) The support of one liberal issue does NOT justify the actual corporate sponsored, ALEC written, Illinois constitution i
Choosing Democracy: How Charter Schools Are Undermining Public Education
Choosing Democracy: How Charter Schools Are Undermining Public Education: How Charter Schools Are Undermining Public EducationStan KarpNovember 14, 2013  |  Somewhere along the way, nearly every teacher dreams of starting a school. I know I did.More than once during the 30 years I taught English and journalism to high school students in Paterson, New Jersey, I imagined that creating my own school
Nite Cap 11-21-13 #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 CAP mark as readIn face of big fines, Torlakson retreats from conflict with feds over testing | EdSource TodayIn face of big fines, Torlakson retreats from conflict with feds over testing | EdSource Today: In face of big fines, Torlakson retreats fr


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