Saturday, March 8, 2014

2nd Banana 3-8-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #RealEdTalk #p2




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Karen Lewis & John Kuhn on Vimeo @ #npeconference
Karen Lewis & John Kuhn on Vimeo: Karen Lewis & John Kuhn Karen Lewis & John Kuhn from Vincent Precht on Vimeo.


Schoolhouse Live Watch live streaming video NPE National Conference 2014
Schoolhouse Live: Watch live streaming video from schoolhouselive at livestream.comNPE National Conference 2014November 24, 2013 NPE National Conference, NPE NewsThe Network for Public Education is pleased to announce our first National Conference. The event will take place on March 1 & 2, 2014 (the weekend prior to the world-famous South by Southwest Festival) at The University of Texas at Au


NY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common Core from NPE Conference #npeconference
NY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common CoreThe Network For Public Education | NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGSThe Network For Public Education | PRESS RELEASE – NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS:  NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGSMarch 2, 2014 NPE NewsPRESS RELEASEPress Conference to be held in the Thompson Conference Center at 3:30 pm, Sunday, March 2.AUSTIN, TX The Network for Pub

CTA Leader to Legislature: Teachers' Voices Must Be Heard and Valued - California Teachers Association
CTA Leader to Legislature: Teachers' Voices Must Be Heard and Valued - California Teachers Association: CTA LEADER TO LEGISLATURE: TEACHERS' VOICES MUST BE HEARD AND VALUED(Photo above) CTA Vice President Eric Heins (c.) and a team of CTA professional staff, including (from l.) Legislative Advocate Patricia Rucker, IPD Consultant Norma Sanchez, and Legislative Advocate Isabelle Garcia listen and c

3-2-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: “Mythbusters” Music Video: “It’s Time For Science!”Check out this fun Mythbusters music video, made by Melody Sheep:by Larry Ferlazzo / 23min Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Week… 3-1-14 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLarry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLLARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE
Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst: Education policy is becoming a new source of major campaign dollars.
Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst: Education policy is becoming a new source of major campaign dollars.: The Schoolyard Fight131110143Michelle Rhee’s new organization is giving millions to support conservative candidates in dozens of states.Three weeks before Tennessee’s August 2012 primary election, state Rep. John DeBerry Jr.’s Memphis-area district was flooded with $52,000 worth of get-out-the-vote

Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) on Vimeo #npeconference
Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) on Vimeo: Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) from Vincent Precht on Vimeo.NY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common Core from NPE Conference #npeconferenceNY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common CoreThe Network For Public Education | NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGSThe Network For Public Education | PRESS RELEASE – NPE CALLS FOR CONGRES


Morning Wink 3-6-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-6-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Wall Street Journal: Cuomo Poll Numbers TumbleThere is little doubt that Andrew Cuomo will be re-elected, given that he has raised $33 million from New York’s financial titans. But the latest Wal


SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference? | Digital
SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference? | Digital: SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference?On my first day in Austin I had a terrific hourlong conversation with Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education. He had a lot of candid observations and great lines: “The vast amount of data in our education system can b



The Network For Public Education | NPE Calls for Congressional Hearings – Summary
The Network For Public Education | NPE Calls for Congressional Hearings – Summary: NPE Calls for Congressional Hearings – SummaryMarch 3, 2014 UncategorizedNetwork for Public Education Calls for Congressional Hearings on High-Stakes Standardized TestingNPE requests Congress hold formal hearings to investigate the over-emphasis, misapplication, costs, and poor implementation of high-stakes standard


Special Late Nite Cap EXTRA 3-7-14 #EDCHAT #P2 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk
Nite Cap EXTRAEXTRA EXTRA EXTRA EXTRAWhat'll Ya Say If Your Child Wants to be a Teacher One Day?I liken education blogs to Radio Londres, free wavelengths in a world of media largely controlled by corporate interests.  Over these free "wavelengths," one senses solidarity in opposition to teacher denigration, standardized testing, the Common Core, the corporate takeover of education, data
Chris Hayes: College Board announces SAT overhaul + SAT scores trend with family income | MSNBC
College Board announces SAT overhaul | MSNBC: College Board announces SAT overhaulChris Hayes discusses the newly announced overhaul of the SATs with NYU’s Pedro Noguera, Seppy Basili of Kaplan Test Prep, and education activist Julie Cavanagh.SAT scores trend with family incomeWhy do kids whose parents earn more money do better on the SAT? nd his panel discuss.
Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 3-6-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMVIDEO – AFT President, Randi Weingarten, #NPEConference – Last 3 Minutes -Common Core Panel DebateAFT President, Randi Weingarten, on the Network for Public Education – Common Core Panel Debate – National Conference, Austin, Texas Closing 3 minutes of commentary.by gatorbonbc / 2h hide  //  saveAFT Pres Randi Weingarten Closing Comments
Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst: Education policy is becoming a new source of major campaign dollars.
Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst: Education policy is becoming a new source of major campaign dollars.: The Schoolyard Fight131110143Michelle Rhee’s new organization is giving millions to support conservative candidates in dozens of states.Three weeks before Tennessee’s August 2012 primary election, state Rep. John DeBerry Jr.’s Memphis-area district was flooded with $52,000 worth of get-out-the-vote
Nite Cap 3-7-14 #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 CAPResearch Study: Missing Data and VAM-Based Bias |Research Study: Missing Data and VAM-Based Bias |: Research Study: Missing Data and VAM-Based Bias A new Assistant Professor here at ASU, from outside the College of Education but in the College of

Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform | Cloaking Inequity
Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reform | Cloaking Inequity: Billionaires co-opt minority groups into campaign for education reformUnder the mantra of civil rights, billionaires such as Eli Broad, Bill Gates and the Koch Brothers and the powerful corporate-funded lobby group the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are using venture philanthropy and the polit


Morning Wink 3-7-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-7-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: OECD Head Admits that Shanghai Numbers for PISA Lower Than Previously AdmittedIn the ongoing debate between Tom Loveless of Brookings and Andreas Schleicher of the OECD, score one for Loveless. L


A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California's Schools | California Progress Report
A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California's Schools | California Progress Report: A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California's SchoolsPosted on 07 March 2014Printer-friendly versionSend by emailBy Gary CohnAn election campaign now being fought almost completely out of public view could radically alter the way California’s school children are taught. If Marshall Tuck unseats incumben


Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 3-6-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMNews Analysis: Then and Now, a Test That Aims to Neutralize Advantages of the PrivilegedThe people who first designed the SAT decades ago wanted to identify a new elite based on brains rather than heredity, not necessarily to expand access to college.    7 by By RICHARD PÉREZ-... / 3min hide  //  saveContributing Op-Ed Writer: Save Us Fr
Nite Cap 3-6-14 #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 CAPSPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-6-14 #RealEdTalk #edreformBig Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakDe Blasio, in Radio Interview, Defends His Position on Charter SchoolsBy Kate Taylor | Originally Published at The New York Times. March 6, 2014 Batt
SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-6-14 #RealEdTalk #edreform
Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakDe Blasio, in Radio Interview, Defends His Position on Charter SchoolsBy Kate Taylor | Originally Published at The New York Times. March 6, 2014 Battered in the press over his position on charter schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday took to a friendly news outlet to defend himself and argue that his actions were being distorted. […]by empathy / 58minRat
Community Forum on the CORE Waiver | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education
Community Forum on the CORE Waiver | The Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education: Community Forum on the CORE WaiverPlease join the Sacramento City Teachers Association, Hmong Innovating Politics, the Black Parallel School Board and the Sacramento Coalition to Save Public Education atthe Sierra II Community Center's Curtis Hall (24th St. and 4th Ave.)for a forum on the California Office to R
Common Core Panel Discussion at the NPE Conference, March 2, 2014 on Vimeo
Common Core Panel Discussion at the NPE Conference, March 2, 2014 on Vimeo: Common Core Panel Discussion at the NPE Conference, March 2, 2014from Schoolhouse Live PRO 16 hours ago NOT YET RATEDSince No Child Left Behind, no national program has met more controversy than the Common Core. In this featured panel, educators will discuss the challenges we face with the Common Core. Should we embrace th
FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, March 6, 2014
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Fensterwald: Former superintendent backs tenure, layoff laws as defense opens in ‘Vergara’ lawsuitEducation HeadlinesThursday, March 6, 2014FCMAT 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.Temple City School Board elects
Morning Wink 3-6-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-6-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Wall Street Journal: Cuomo Poll Numbers TumbleThere is little doubt that Andrew Cuomo will be re-elected, given that he has raised $33 million from New York’s financial titans. But the latest Wal
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-6-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Wall Street Journal: Cuomo Poll Numbers TumbleThere is little doubt that Andrew Cuomo will be re-elected, given that he has raised $33 million from New York’s financial titans. But the latest Wall Street Journal poll shows that Cuomo’s numbers dropped sharply to their lowest point. Apparently, his claim to be the “lobbyist for stud
3-6-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: “The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul”The Story Behind the SAT Overhaul is a very interesting piece in this week’s New York Times Magazine. Here’s an excerpt: Still, Coleman concedes that the redesigned SAT won’t quiet everyone’s complaints, and he doesn’t expect there to be a universal celebration of what they’ve done. You ca
SXSWedu: Weingarten and Ravitch on Schools: Highlights from the education conference - News - The Austin Chronicle
SXSWedu: Weingarten and Ravitch on Schools: Highlights from the education conference - News - The Austin Chronicle: SXSWedu: Weingarten and Ravitch on SchoolsHighlights from the education conferenceBY RICHARD WHITTAKER, FRI., MARCH 7, 2014Diane RavitchPHOTO BY RICHARD WHITTAKERSXSWedu – the education intro to the high festival season – kicked off on Monday, March 3, but American Federation of Teac

St. Paul Federation of Teachers Settles Landmark Contract! | Classroom Struggle
St. Paul Federation of Teachers Settles Landmark Contract! | Classroom Struggle: St. Paul Federation of Teachers Settles Landmark Contract!Through joint parent, student, and teacher organizing, the Saint Paul Federation of Teachers just settled a landmark contract, limiting class sizes and standardized testing, and emphasizing culturally relevant education and access to pre-school, while creating


CTA Leader to Legislature: Teachers' Voices Must Be Heard and Valued - California Teachers Association
CTA Leader to Legislature: Teachers' Voices Must Be Heard and Valued - California Teachers Association: CTA LEADER TO LEGISLATURE: TEACHERS' VOICES MUST BE HEARD AND VALUED(Photo above) CTA Vice President Eric Heins (c.) and a team of CTA professional staff, including (from l.) Legislative Advocate Patricia Rucker, IPD Consultant Norma Sanchez, and Legislative Advocate Isabelle Garcia listen and c

UCSC Hahn Building Sit-in | occupy california
UCSC Hahn Building Sit-in | occupy california: UCSC Hahn Building Sit-inBy *SANTA CRUZ, California – Students at UC Santa Cruz gathered around 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoon to continue demonstrations against the new UC President, Janet Napolitano. Napolitano, the former head of Homeland Security, has been the target of several demonstrations on multiple campuses, including the recent occupation of



Proposed bill would provide $1.5 billion more for Common Core implementation | EdSource Today
Proposed bill would provide $1.5 billion more for Common Core implementation | EdSource Today: Proposed bill would provide $1.5 billion more for Common Core implementationMarch 5th, 2014 | Add a Comment | By Kathryn BaronStudents will take computerized field tests aligned to Common Core standards in math and English in the spring. Credit: EdSource file photoCalifornia school districts would receiv

Nite Cap 3-5-14 #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 CAPWendy Davis On Education: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things'Wendy Davis On Education: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things': Wendy Davis On Education: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things'Posted: 03/05/2014 7:4
Wendy Davis On Education: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things'
Wendy Davis On Education: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things': Wendy Davis On Education: 'We Texans Have A Different Way Of Doing Things'Posted: 03/05/2014 7:40 pm EST Updated: 03/05/2014 7:59 pm ESTGubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis makes an election day visit to her campaign phone bank at Wendy Davis campaign headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. (Max Faulkner/
Smarter Balanced Question Types - Smarter Balanced Assessment System (CA Dept of Education)
Smarter Balanced Question Types - Smarter Balanced Assessment System (CA Dept of Education): Smarter Balanced Question TypesExamples of question types that students may encounter on the Smarter Balanced Field Test, and the student technology skill required to respond to each question type.The Smarter Balanced Consortium also has developed Practice and Training Tests  that include examples of all o
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Annual Awards Dinner to Honor Sen. Tom Harkin, Randi Weingarten, and Eliseo Medina
Civil and Human Rights Coalition Annual Awards Dinner to Honor Sen. Tom Harkin, Randi Weingarten, and Eliseo Medina: Civil and Human Rights Coalition Annual Awards Dinner to Honor Sen. Tom Harkin, Randi Weingarten, and Eliseo MedinaHubert H. Humphrey Award is the Highest Honor of the Civil and Human Rights CoalitionFor Immediate ReleaseContact: Scott Westbrook Simpson, 202.466.2061, simpson@civilr
Child Abuse Reporting Guidelines - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
Child Abuse Reporting Guidelines - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Releases Guidelines Helping Parents Identify and Report Child AbuseSACRAMENTO—Parents and guardians have a new and updated tool in their efforts to keep their children safe, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today as he released revised "Child Abuse Reporting Procedures fo
Student Organization Galvanizes Education Community With Second Student Voice Live! Event Student Voice to Mobilize “Pro Voice” Education Influencers at New York Conference
Student Organization Galvanizes Education Community With Second Student Voice Live! Event Student Voice to Mobilize “Pro Voice” Education Influencers at New York Conference: Student Organization Galvanizes Education Community With Second Student Voice Live! Event Student Voice to Mobilize “Pro Voice” Education Influencers at New York ConferenceMarch 4, 2014CONTACT:Public Relations CorrespondentJes

3-5-14 LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): LA Unified board votes to pay Deasy for unused vacationSuperintendent John Deasy: Little time for vacation Superintendent John Deasy works too much. So much so, that he rarely takes time off for vacation. As a result, the Los Angeles Unified School board voted at its monthly meeting yesterday to pay him f



SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference? | Digital
SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference? | Digital: SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference?On my first day in Austin I had a terrific hourlong conversation with Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer for Microsoft Education. He had a lot of candid observations and great lines: “The vast amount of data in our education system can b

Morning Wink 3-5-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSSXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference? | DigitalSXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference? | Digital: SXSWEdu: Gates Foundation vs. Microsoft Education: What’s the difference?On my first day in Austin I had a terrific hourlong conversation with Cameron Evans, Chief Technology Officer for Mic

3-5-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: “Earth Hour” Is On March 29th — Here Are Lots Of Related ResourcesEarth Hour, the annual time when people around the world switch-off lights for an hour to bring attention to environmental issues, takes place on March 29th this year. You might find The Best Sites To Learn About “Earth Hour” helpful….by Larry Ferlazzo / 1h T


NYC Public School Parents: inBloom executives finally testify before the NYS Assembly; what a sad spectacle it was
NYC Public School Parents: inBloom executives finally testify before the NYS Assembly; what a sad spectacle it was: nBloom executives finally testify before the NYS Assembly; what a sad spectacle it wasSee the videotaped testimony of NYSED's Ken Wagner, along with a crew from inBloom Inc., including Peggy Brookins, Board Member, Jat Pannu, Senior VP of Services and Virginia Bartlett, Chief Privacy

Last Stand for Children First: Not All Parents Oppose Excessive Testing
Last Stand for Children First: Not All Parents Oppose Excessive Testing: Not All Parents Oppose Excessive TestingThe credit for this article goes to the great Alexander Russo, who urged journalists to do a better job reporting on testing by finding the many parents and students who don't oppose excessive standardized testing.  This is much the same way that the media overemphasized Jackie Robinson

Nite Cap 3-4-14 #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 CAPDiane Ravitch Education - Diane Ravitch Schools Us On Public Education - EsquireDiane Ravitch Education - Diane Ravitch Schools Us On Public Education - Esquire: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-4-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better educa


Microsoft Tech Vouchers Available - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
Microsoft Tech Vouchers Available - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Millions More in Microsoft Technology Funds Available to California Schools from 2003 SettlementSACRAMENTO—More than 8,000 California public schools and districts are eligible to share $188.4 million in Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program funds, State Superintendent of Public Ins
SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-4-14 #RealEdTalk #edreform
Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakThe NCTQ is at it again in SeattleOver the past five years, Sue and I have followed the NCTQ since they first appeared in Seattle during our Broad superintendent’s reign when she had a report “created”, paid for by Bill Gates and Eli Broad, on those lazy, worthless teachers and how they need merit pay waved in front of them to get our students into shape. Th
John Kuhn at the NPE Conference: This is Our Education Spring - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
John Kuhn at the NPE Conference: This is Our Education Spring - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Kuhn at the NPE Conference: This is Our Education SpringBy Anthony Cody on March 4, 2014 10:00 AMJohn Kuhn, alongside Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis, gave the keynote speech to the Network for Public Education conference on Saturday, March 1. He kindly gave me permission
Morning Wink 3-4-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSFCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, March 4, 2014FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Fensterwald: Loss of supermajority in Senate could doom vote on 55 percent parcel taxEducation HeadlinesTuesday, March 4, 2014FCMAT provides links to California K-12 news stories as a service to the industry. However, some stories may not be acces
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-4-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all:  Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) on Vimeo #npeconferenceDiane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) on Vimeo: Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) from Vincent Precht on Vimeo.NY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common Core from NPE Conference #npeconferenceNY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common CoreThe Networ
3-4-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Video: “WKRP: Venus Explains the Atom” Shows Great Teaching In ActionNeil deGrasse Tyson shared this great video on Google Plus. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies:by Larry Ferlazzo / 2h hide  //  save“Building ‘Political Will’ To Retain Teachers In High-Need Sch
3-4-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher  9h
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Pensions at the polls. The story of Travis and Guzzardi.     Jay Travis and Will Guzzardi. Back in May when the Illinois House voted for Senate Bill 1, many of us called on our union and political leadership to mount primary campaigns against those state representatives who voted to cut our constituti
for the love of learning: 3 Things I learned from Network for Public Education Conference
for the love of learning: 3 Things I learned from Network for Public Education Conference: 3 Things I learned from Network for Public Education ConferenceI am Joe Bower (and that is Deborah Meier) and I teach in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. I wish to challenge 'traditional' schooling while exploring more progressive forms of education. I intend on using this blog to uproot some of the most deeply ro

Some Details on the First NPE Conference | deutsch29 #npeconference
Some Details on the First NPE Conference | deutsch29: Some Details on the First NPE ConferenceMarch 3, 2014The first annual Network for Public Education (NPE) Conference was this past weekend, on Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2, 2014.Below is a news brief on the conference:I participated in the NPE conference as a member of three panel discussions, the topics being investigative journalism,
Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) on Vimeo #npeconference
Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) on Vimeo: Diane Ravitch at NPE Conference (4th pass) from Vincent Precht on Vimeo.NY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common Core from NPE Conference #npeconferenceNY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common CoreThe Network For Public Education | NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGSThe Network For Public Education | PRESS RELEASE – NPE CALLS FOR CONGRES
Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 3-3-15 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMCyber-Schools Still Suck, Says NEPC ReportThe National Education Policy Center announced the release of its report on virtual schooling with the hefty headline "Responsible Policymaking Still Absent for Virtual Schools, Which Continue To Proliferate Despite Scant Research Support and Lagging Quality" There's going to be plenty
Nite Cap 3-3-14 #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 CAPJust home from #NPEConference & Ready to AWAKE Activate AGITATE in FL Join Me ? @DianeRavitch #LetThemKnow #AwakeFL | Continuing ChangeJust home from #NPEConference & Ready to AWAKE Activate AGITATE in FL Join Me ? @DianeRavitch #LetThemK
NY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common Core from NPE Conference #npeconference
NY Teacher Mercedes Schneider shreds Common CoreThe Network For Public Education | NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGSThe Network For Public Education | PRESS RELEASE – NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS:  NPE CALLS FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGSMarch 2, 2014 NPE NewsPRESS RELEASEPress Conference to be held in the Thompson Conference Center at 3:30 pm, Sunday, March 2.AUSTIN, TX The Network for Pub
SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-3-14 #RealEdTalk #edreform
Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana BreakGreetings from Scamden, NJIn Camden, NJ an effort to privatize the local schools finds little resistance among local elites Camden, NJ teacher Keith Benson. A recent *community meeting* at Camden’s Catto Elementary School exemplified the vast chasm that divides my city these days, between well-connected elites and the marginalized residents they profess to s
NYS Test Refusals Hit Main Street OPT-OUT
New York State Allies for Public Education (http://www.nysape.org/) Director: Lawrence Basso; Illustrator: Michael Hayes; Voiceover: Tara Burnham; Audio: John Delehanty & Sal Tillio; Special Thanks: Scott NadeauOPT-OUT/REFUSAL GUIDES FOR EACH STATEAll documents are for informational purposes only and do not substitute as legal advice or legal counsel. The information contained in these documen
Teachers For Social Justice: UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FACULTY LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS AT SAUCEDO AND DRUMMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Teachers For Social Justice: UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FACULTY LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS AT SAUCEDO AND DRUMMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: UNIVERSITY EDUCATION FACULTY LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND TEACHERS AT SAUCEDO AND DRUMMOND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLSMARCH 3, 2014 LEAVE A COMMENTFebruary 28, 2014STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR CHICAGO TEACHERS REFUSING TO ADMINISTER THE ILLINOIS STANDARD ACHIEVEM
The Network For Public Education | NPE Calls for Congressional Hearings – Summary
The Network For Public Education | NPE Calls for Congressional Hearings – Summary: NPE Calls for Congressional Hearings – SummaryMarch 3, 2014 UncategorizedNetwork for Public Education Calls for Congressional Hearings on High-Stakes Standardized TestingNPE requests Congress hold formal hearings to investigate the over-emphasis, misapplication, costs, and poor implementation of high-stakes standard
3-3-14 for the love of learning
for the love of learning: Progressive Education: What it isn'tThis was written by Alfie Kohn who writes and speaks about parenting and education. His website is here and he tweets here. This is an excerpt from a larger article found here.by Alfie KohnMisconceptions about progressive education generally take two forms. Either it is defined too narrowly so that the significance of the change it repr
Morning Wink 3-3-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-3-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Julia Sass Rubin: School Performance Measures Are Poor Measures of School PerformanceJulia Sass Rubin here analyzes “school report cards” in New Jersey. This analysis was published last year but
3-3-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Practice Pronunciation With Tongue-Twisters AND Learn About Dinosaurs!Practice pronunciation with “tongue-twisters” and learn about the dinosaurs at the same time with my latest New York Times post for English Language Learners. A student interactive and teaching ideas are included. I’m adding this post to The Best Sites Fo

EmpowerED 2014 – Elevating Student Power in Los Angeles
EmpowerED 2014 – Elevating Student Power in Los Angeles: EmpowerED 2014 – Elevating Student Power in Los Angeles“If you had the power to change the education system, what would you do?”This is my favorite question to ask students that I mentor in Los Angeles. Their responses are wonderfully imaginative, ranging from broader curriculum to outdoor classrooms. However, when I ask them what is stoppin



Eli Broad appoints head of philanthropic education efforts | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
Eli Broad appoints head of philanthropic education efforts | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: Eli Broad appoints head of philanthropic education efforts After more than a decade of directly overseeing $1 billion in education reform grants from his non-profit foundation, philanthropist Eli Broad is grooming a replacement.He's hired Bruce Reed, a high profile Washington political operative who spent decades
CURMUDGUCATION: 11 Essential Questions from the Network for Public Education
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