Tuesday, December 17, 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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A Teacher’s Christmas Wish
A Teacher’s Christmas Wish « City School Stories: A Teacher’s Christmas WishTeacher StoriesThis post was originally submitted by Joy of Teaching on December 15,2011.   Given the current state of the Philadelphia School District there must be a ton of coal in the stockings of those who are abusing our schools.The holiday season is upon us.  I know because the local radio station jolted me into it with the round-the-clock Christmas music a week before Thanksgiving.  The other day, I heard a song by Amy Grant titled “My Grown Up Christmas List”.  The lyrics express an adult’s wish for a peaceful
12-17-13 THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG Yong Zhao on Personalized Learning: What Do We Need in the 21st Century? — Whole Child Education
Yong Zhao on Personalized Learning: What Do We Need in the 21st Century? — Whole Child Education: Yong Zhao on Personalized Learning: What Do We Need in the 21st Century?December 17, 2013 by Whole Child PodcastDownload Podcast Now [Right-Click to Save]How do we help each student succeed? One promising way is to personalize learning and put each student at the center of her learning experience. Broader than individualized or differentiated instruction, personalized learning is driven by the learner. Ensuring personalized learning for all students requires a shift in thinking about long-standing
12-17-13 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: Coalition to Duncan: Stop backtracking on teacher equityA coalition of 95  civil rights, disability, parent, student, community and education organizations has sent the following letter to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing deep concerns about what they see as the department’s backtracking on ensuring that the country’s neediest childrenhave access to highly qualified teachers as part of the process of renewing waivers to No […]    2 by Valerie Strauss / 1h 12-16-13 The Answer SheetThe Answer Sheet: Study: Test-score gains don’t mean cognitive gainsIn a finding that s

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The UTLA Pay Raise Rally and Beyond: Harsh Realities and Challenges By Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com
The UTLA Pay Raise Rally and Beyond: Harsh Realities and Challenges By Dr. John Fernandez - Perdaily.com: The UTLA Pay Raise Rally and Beyond: Harsh Realities and Challenges By Dr. John Fernandez(Mensaje se repite en EspaƱol)The UTLA "It's About Time for a Raise" Rally--On November 13, 2013, I attended UTLA's "It's About Time for a Raise" Rally at the District headquarters. Alt
Common Core and FAPE: On a Slippery Slope | California Father
Common Core and FAPE: On a Slippery Slope | California Father: Common Core and FAPE: On a Slippery Slopeby California Father on December 17, 2013 · Leave a Comment I am reposting this excellent piece by AMY SKALICKY on Common Core. Please read:Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and it means your child has the right to a
Jerry Brown: Latin Scholar and One-Time Almost Priest - Emma Green - The Atlantic
Jerry Brown: Latin Scholar and One-Time Almost Priest - Emma Green - The Atlantic: Jerry Brown: Latin Scholar and One-Time Almost PriestCalifornia's governor gets reflective on the meaning of education and its future in his state.What is a green leaf?You might expect this question to come up beside Walden Pond, among Shakespeare's sonnets, or maybe in a basement where people have been smoking gree
Walton foundation pumps cash into vouchers - The Washington Post
Walton foundation pumps cash into vouchers - The Washington Post: Walton foundation pumps cash into vouchersBy Lyndsey Layton, Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 10:14 AM E-mail the writerThe Walton Family Foundation is pumping $6 million into a Washington-based group that promotes private school vouchers in D.C. and around the country — a donation that it hopes will double the number of students usin
Diane Ravitch and the Angry Rebellion against Common Core
Diane Ravitch and the Angry Rebellion against Common Core: Diane Ravitch and the Angry Rebellion against Common CoreWielding her influential blog as a weapon, this 75-year-old activist has created a powerful network united by revulsion against top-down, elite policymaking.BY MARK FUNKHOUSER | DECEMBER 16, 2013 Since the Common Core State Standards for education were first proposed in 2009, 45 stat
UCSF chancellor resigns to head Gates Foundation - latimes.com
UCSF chancellor resigns to head Gates Foundation - latimes.com: UCSF chancellor resigns to head Gates FoundationComments0EmailShare29Susan Desmond-Hellman is resigning as UC San Francisco's chancellor to head the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.(Elisabeth Fall / UCSF)By Larry GordonDecember 17, 2013, 9:11 a.m.Susan Desmond-Hellman, chancellor of the medical-oriented UC San Francisco since 2009
12-17-13 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Tuesday Open ThreadA fairly definitive list of every Christmas movie and tv show made.   It would be a hard choice to decide which is the "best" but I'd go with It's a Wonderful Life (for drama), A Christmas Story (comedy) and Die Hard (for action).  According to the LA Times, Governor Jerry Brown of California, pushing back against standardized testing,
Chicago’s Appointed School Board Pushes For More Private Charters
Chicago’s Appointed School Board Pushes For More Private Charters To Replace And Take Funds From Public Neighborhood Schools The Chicago Teachers Union today issued a statement to alert to Chicago residents and public school parents about efforts by the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to open 21 new private charter schools just a week after the mayor also blocked a proposal for an elected school boar
It's All Relative: How NCLB Waivers Did—and Did Not—Transform School Accountability | NewAmerica.org
It's All Relative: How NCLB Waivers Did—and Did Not—Transform School Accountability | NewAmerica.org: It's All Relative: How NCLB Waivers Did—and Did Not—Transform School AccountabilityByAnne Hyslop,New America FoundationDecember 17, 2013 |Click here to view the full report.After years of arguing against No Child Left Behind (NCLB), over forty states are now taking a different approach to improvin
Why We Oppose CPS' Policy of Closing Neighborhood Schools to Open New Charters - ACTS Chicago | Statement on New Charter Proposals for 2014
ACTS Chicago | Statement on New Charter Proposals for 2014:  Why We Oppose CPS' Policy of Closing Neighborhood Schools to Open New ChartersChicago ACTS opposes Chicago Public Schools’ overuse of charter schools to advance privatization and calls for a denial of all new charter applications.After closing 50 neighborhood schools due to “underutilization” this summer, CPS is attempting to open 21 new
Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schools - latimes.com
Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schools - latimes.com: Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schoolsIn an on-stage interview, the California governor says some educational experiences can't be captured in standardized testing.Comments11EmailShare312Gov. Jerry Brown addresses a conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Center for American Pro
Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, December 17, 2013
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Gov. Jerry Brown opposes government-imposed standards for schoolsEducation HeadlinesTuesday, December 17, 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.Search coming soon for new Anaheim schools superintendentAnahe
Pension cuts in an era of robber barons - Chicago Sun-Times
Pension cuts in an era of robber barons - Chicago Sun-Times: Pension cuts in an era of robber baronsBy Karen GJ Lewis December 13, 2013 5:14PM02Share66270Updated: December 13, 2013 10:09PM Legislators make laws to benefit all of us, but I was surprised and repulsed by the sight of Illinois legislative leaders congratulating themselves after voting for deep cuts in public worker pensions earlier th
Morning Wink 12-17-13 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSmark as readLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 12-17-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: New Book Demonstrates That Public Schools Outperform the CompetitionPlease read this article about an important new book by Christopher and Sarah Lubienski, scholars at the Universi
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 12-17-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: New Book Demonstrates That Public Schools Outperform the CompetitionPlease read this article about an important new book by Christopher and Sarah Lubienski, scholars at the University of Illinois. Their book is The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools. The article contains an interview with Christo
12-17-13 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Running for governor in Bizarro World.For several years I have been writing about Illinois party politics as Bizarro World. As a kid Bizarro World was one of my favorite comic books. It portrayed a world in which all assumptions were turned inside out and upside down. It has prepared me for life as an
12-17-13 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: MIT Researchers: Higher Test Scores Do Not Translate into Higher Levels of ThinkingMIT Researchers: Higher Test Scores Do Not Translate into Higher Levels of Thinking http://t.co/edCbAClW1g— Diane Ravitch (@DianeRavitch) December 17, 2013 MIT Researchers: Higher Test Scores Do Not Translate into Higher Levels of Thinking via Professor Diane Ravitchby Robert D. Skeels  12-16-13 Scho
12-17-13 Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida, red in Washington, dark sky-blue in Israel and public school in Education
Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida, red in Washington, dark sky-blue in Israel and public school in Education: To Plug Common Core, Michelle Rhee’s Florida Rep Says Florida Schools Are “Failing Our Kids”Following the lead of her boss to use the recent release of PISA scores to promote Common Core, Michelle Rhee’s Florida representative Nikki Lowrey wrote an opinion piece for the
12-17-13 Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog
Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog: Syrian Refugees Flee to BulgariaSyrian refugees have fled to Bulgaria, Europe's poorest country. Thousands of refugees have come into these camps, meant for only 400. The camps do not have electricity or hot water. The camp commandant, Pepy Dzurenov claimed, "The camp was full to capacity, but when a family with five to ten children arrive at midnight, they don't h
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The view from sunny FloridaHere's how things look in Broward County where I'm trying to escape the Chicago frost for a few days. American Prospect has the story of the district's attempt to reverse the school-to-prison pipeline.The new superintendent [former Chicago administrator Robert Runcie] released the data and acknowledged that the problem had a racial dynamic.
12-17-13 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Another Study Shows That Self-Affirmation Activities Help People Think More ClearlyI’ve previously posted here on the blog and also written in my books about research that shows the benefits of having students do simple self-affirmation activities. In Giving Students “Reflection Cards,” I describe its effect on developing s
12-17-13 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Back to the Bataan Death MarchWell, it's time to get back to the fray. I take a week off and head to Delray Florida for some serious tanning and eating and fraternizing and shit happened while I was gone. Well, I hope you've all been reading the fabulous bloggers on my blog roll to keep up. I am way behind. (I find it real hard to do much blogging while at the beach.) And it was o
12-17-13 Wait What?
Wait What?: What the heck is the Capital Prep Scholarship Fund?The Capital Prep Magnet School website informs supporters that they can make “tax-deductible” donations to the Capital Prep Scholarship Fund.    Donations can be made via a PayPal link or checks can be mailed to “The Capital Prep Scholarship Fund – 1304 Main Street – Hartford, CT 06103.” (Which is the school’s address). Contributors ar
12-17-13 teacherken at Daily Kos It’s simple: Either we demand our privacy — loudly — or we kiss it goodbye.
Daily Kos: It’s simple: Either we demand our privacy — loudly — or we kiss it goodbye.: It’s simple: Either we demand our privacy — loudly — or we kiss it goodbye.That is the concluding line of Demand your privacy, Eugene Robinson's Tuesday Washington Post column, written in response to the ruling yesterday by Judge Richard J. Leon that the NSA's gathering of metadata data on our phone calls is li
Who's the Real Progressive? - Bridging Differences - Education Week
Who's the Real Progressive? - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Who's the Real Progressive?By educationweekly on December 17, 2013 10:02 AMToday, Robert Pondiscio once again writes to Deborah Meier.Dear Deborah,I'm disappointed I've failed to persuade you that a common curriculum is a powerful lever for social justice. To me it's clear and undeniable.  There can be no dispute that language pr
12-17-13 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: UPDATE: SUPERINTENDENT REJECTS APPLICANTS TO REPLACE AQUINO; LAUSD Re-posts Job Postingby smf December 17th, 2013  ::  After review of applications for the job of Deputy Superintendent of Instruction posted last September none of the applicants were acceptable to the superintendent -  so the job was reposted yesterday. UPDATE TO: LA UNIFIED BEGINS JOB S
12-17-13 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: VAMboozled by Empty-Suit Leadership in SCVAMboozled by Empty-Suit Leadership in SC. via VAMboozled by Empty-Suit Leadership in SC.1 by plthomasedd / 25min  12-15-13 @ The Chalk Face@ THE CHALK FACE: Do you think charter schools “know how to do middle school really well?”According to DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson, charter schools “know how to do middle school really well.” When i
12-17-13 With A Brooklyn Accent
With A Brooklyn Accent: The 2 Falso Principles on Which School Reform is BuiltIt never ceases to amaze me how many people who should know better buy the following dominant principles of the School Reform narrative 1. American schools as a whole are failing because American students are being pampered, both by their parents and teachers. We need to demand more of them to meet Global Competition 2.
12-17-13 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): VAMboozled by Empty-Suit Leadership in SCRep. Andy Patrick, R-Hilton Head Island (SC), has made two flawed claims recently, one about leadership and another about teacher evaluation (“S.C. lawmaker proposes teacher evaluation plan,” Charleston Post and Courier, December
12-17-13 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Jerry Brown Really Gets What Education Is All AboutThese are truly amazing statements from a 21st century politician:MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown blasted the notion of government-imposed standards for public schools, saying he opposed efforts from Washington and Sacramento to dictate education policy.Using "data on a national or state level I think misses th
Why New York Isn't Ready For The Common Core [PhilanthropyNY] - The Jose Vilson | The Jose Vilson
Why New York Isn't Ready For The Common Core [PhilanthropyNY] - The Jose Vilson | The Jose Vilson: 'Why New York Isn’t Ready For The Common Core [PhilanthropyNY]by JOSE VILSON on DECEMBER 17, 2013in JOSEI was recently asked to write for the Education Funders Research Initiative, a collective of education funders and researchers from around New York City, and their first question was, “Is New York
The Year In Research On Market-Based Education Reform: 2013 Edition
Shanker Blog » The Year In Research On Market-Based Education Reform: 2013 Edition: The Year In Research On Market-Based Education Reform: 2013 EditionPosted by Matthew Di Carlo on December 17, 2013In the three most discussed and controversial areas of market-based education reform – performance pay, charter schools and the use of value-added estimates in teacher evaluations – 2013 saw the release
Moneyed school district eschews Transitional Kindergarten | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
Moneyed school district eschews Transitional Kindergarten | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: Moneyed school district eschews Transitional KindergartenDeepa Fernandes | December 17th, 2013, 6:00amMae Ryan/KPCCChildren in the transitional kindergarten (TK) program play during recess at the Martha Escutia Primary Center. TK was created by a new law called the Kindergarten Readiness Act in 2010.As universal P
Kansas Attempt to Create “Recovery School District” | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!
Kansas Attempt to Create “Recovery School District” | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: Kansas Attempt to Create “Recovery School District”Filed under: Recovery District — millerlf @ 8:30 am Emails detail a hidden plan for Kansas City Public SchoolsBy JOE ROBERTSONThe Kansas City Star Posted Sat, Dec. 07, 2013Backed by two of the most influential foundations in Kansas City, Missouri Educ
Ed. Secretary Duncan dodges charter school issue during Chicago visit - Chicago Sun-Times
Ed. Secretary Duncan dodges charter school issue during Chicago visit - Chicago Sun-Times: Ed. Secretary Duncan dodges charter school issue during Chicago visitBY ART GOLAB Staff Reporter December 16, 2013 6:50PM00Share711U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left, speaks with a senior student Stephanie Gil, right, after roundtable discussion with local students, parents and educators at the Benit
The 2013 Legislative Audit of Louisiana Voucher Schools | deutsch29
The 2013 Legislative Audit of Louisiana Voucher Schools | deutsch29: The 2013 Legislative Audit of Louisiana Voucher SchoolsDecember 16, 2013On December 11, 2013, Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) Daryl Purpera released the 2013 Performance Audit of Louisiana’s voucher program.The purpose of this audit is to inform legislators of the state of the Louisiana voucher program as the legislators cons
Segregation, Poverty and Inequality: What Ravitch Calls the Toxic Mix At School | janresseger
Segregation, Poverty and Inequality: What Ravitch Calls the Toxic Mix At School | janresseger: Segregation, Poverty and Inequality: What Ravitch Calls the Toxic Mix At SchoolPosted on December 17, 2013 by janressegerIn her 2013 book, Reign of Error, education historian Diane Ravitch identifies what she believes are the factors that affect academic achievement: “Segregation is most concentrated in
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Alderman From UNO Cuts Deal With Another Toxic Corp.
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Alderman From UNO Cuts Deal With Another Toxic Corp.: The Alderman From UNO Cuts Deal With Another Toxic Corp.The potential site for Pure Metal at 2201 S Loomis across the street from Benito Juarez High School on Nov. 29 2013. (The Gate/ Theresa Campagna)The Alderman from UNO, Danny Solis, has cut a deal with (not so) Pure Metal Recycling Corp. to put another dan

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Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 12-16-13 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMThe 2013 Legislative Audit of Louisiana Voucher SchoolsOn December 11, 2013, Louisiana Legislative Auditor (LLA) Daryl Purpera released the 2013 Performance Audit of Louisiana’s voucher program. The purpose of this audit is to inform legislators of the state of the Louisiana voucher program as the legislators consider the actions they mi
Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights - Rockfish Productions
Standardized Lies, Money & Civil Rights - Rockfish Productions: Standardized Lies, Money & Civil RightsScreenings for STANDARDIZEDWe’d like to provide some information in case you’re interested in setting up a screening your area. While we would sincerely love to personally deliver the film to all of the states, we must consider our full-time jobs, all-but-exhausted budget, and our wives a
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Every Kid Needs a Champion: Rita's Words and This Little Girl!
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Every Kid Needs a Champion: Rita's Words and This Little Girl!: Every Kid Needs a Champion: Rita's Words and This Little Girl!That quote inspires me.This little girl handed me a paper with her Dad and Mom's contact information on it. It had their home phone number, cell phone number,  job number, and email addresses. I said, "I already have this information.
Charter school operators ordered to pay $300K in restitution | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
Charter school operators ordered to pay $300K in restitution | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: Charter school operators ordered to pay $300K in restitutionAnnie Gilbertson | December 16th, 2013, 4:12pmRobyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesLos Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus on Monday ordered the founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school to repay nearly $300,000 for money they embezzled and taxes
solidaridad: CA-NAME Conference Reclaiming Multicultural Education: Fighting Back, Imagining and Building Socially Just Worlds
solidaridad: CA-NAME Conference Reclaiming Multicultural Education: Fighting Back, Imagining and Building Socially Just Worlds: CA-NAME Conference Reclaiming Multicultural Education: Fighting Back, Imagining and Building Socially Just WorldsMULTICULTURAL EDUCATION CONFERENCEJANUARY 11, 2014CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTONOVER 25 WORKSHOPS! POWERFUL KEYNOTE SPEAKERS! REGISTER ONLINE! REGISTRA
Nite Cap 12-16-13 #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 readMajor Charter School Chain's Classrooms Look Like Cubicles for Telemarketers | AlternetMajor Charter School Chain's Classrooms Look Like Cubicles for Telemarketers | Alternet: Major Charter School Chain's Classrooms Look Like Cubicle