Saturday, April 19, 2014

2nd Banana 4-19-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #RealEdTalk #p2




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I am middle class, my kids test well, and I opt out | Twin Cities Daily Planet
I am middle class, my kids test well, and I opt out | Twin Cities Daily Planet: I am middle class, my kids test well, and I opt outBy Sarah Lahm, Eyes on EducationApril 11, 2014I am a middle class parent, my kids test well, and I opt out.A few days ago, I published a blog post called “I am pro-child, and I opt out.” It detailed some of the reasons why I believe opting out of high stakes standardiz

New Report Rebukes Central Feature of 'Race to the Top' | Diane Ravitch
New Report Rebukes Central Feature of 'Race to the Top' | Diane Ravitch: New Report Rebukes Central Feature of 'Race to the Top'The central feature of the Obama administration's $5 billion "Race to the Top"program was sharply refuted last week by the American Statistical Association, one of the nation's leading scholarly organizations. Spurred on by the administration's combination of fe


Arne Debunkin’ | Gary Rubinstein's Blog
Arne Debunkin’ | Gary Rubinstein's Blog: Arne Debunkin’A little over three years ago, I first encountered Arne Duncan when he spoke at the TFA 20 year alumni summit and described the miracle school Urban Prep.  He implied that this school had a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate, which inspired me to investigate this clam leading to my very first school debunking.  My research



Education: States' standardized tests have a negative impact on parents' civic engagement -- ScienceDaily
Education: States' standardized tests have a negative impact on parents' civic engagement -- ScienceDaily: Education: States' standardized tests have a negative impact on parents' civic engagementDate:April 7, 2014Source:University of Massachusetts AmherstSummary:New research has found that parents of public school students in states with more extensive and stringent student assessment systems exp

4-16-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Surprise, Surprise — Study Finds Shouting At Children “creates further discipline problems”To few teachers surprise, a new study has found that shouting at children is counter-productive. You can read all about it at Shouting at children ‘increases their behaviour problems’ in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. There hav
“A self-fulfilling conflict of interest”: Charter schools, testing mania, and Arne Duncan - Salon.com
“A self-fulfilling conflict of interest”: Charter schools, testing mania, and Arne Duncan - Salon.com: “A self-fulfilling conflict of interest”: Charter schools, testing mania, and Arne DuncanRep. Raul Grijalva sounds off to Salon on starved public schools and White House's "market-based philosophy"Raul Grijalva, Arne Duncan (Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster/Jacquelyn Martin)Obama’s education s
4-17-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Book Reviews – & Shakespeare – In Three PanelsI’ve previously posted about Lisa Brown’s “Three Panel Book Reviews” that formerly appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle. They’re great models for student projects. I recently learned about how another artist uses this “three panel” idea, though Mya Gosling uses it to summ

Pencils Out - Linda Darling-Hammond about standardized testing in the implementation of Common Core
Pencils Out: Pencils OutGAVIN BADEAPRIL 8, 2014The Prospect speaks with an education-policy expert Linda Darling-Hammond about standardized testing in the implementation of Common Core, a national set of guidelines on math and reading.Courtesy of Stanford UniversityLinda Darling-HammondOne of the most contentious debates racking state houses this year isn't about Obamacare, inequality, or even job


The Wallstreet Journal also Captures the ASA’s Recent Position Statement on VAMs |
The Wallstreet Journal also Captures the ASA’s Recent Position Statement on VAMs |: The Wallstreet Journal also Captures the ASA’s Recent Position Statement on VAMs Yesterday I released the second of two posts about the recent release of the American Statistical Association’s Position Statement about using VAMs for educational assessment and accountability. Below is a third post, as again warrante

4-13-14 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 Best Resources For Learning About The Blood MoonA “Blood Moon” will be occurring tomorrow night, and I thought readers might find this list helpful. You might also be interested in: The Best Sites For Learning About A Lunar Eclipse The Best Images Of The Ring Of Fire Eclipse The Best Resources About The “Supermoon” The
Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Randi Weingarten
Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Randi Weingarten: Spotlight on Humphrey Honoree: Randi WeingartenApril 18, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil  On May 15, the civil and human rights community will honor American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten with its highest honor, the Hubert H. Humphrey Civil and Human Rights Award, for her lifelong commitment to improving America’s education
Nite Cap 4-18-14 #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 CAPVerdict Is In: The Final Draft of Indiana Proposed Standards Stink | Truth in American EducationVerdict Is In: The Final Draft of Indiana Proposed Standards Stink | Truth in American Education: Verdict Is In: The Final Draft of Indiana Proposed S
The Dishonorable Andrew Cuomo Meets the Hedge Fund / Charter School Zombies * | Alan Singer
The Dishonorable Andrew Cuomo Meets the Hedge Fund / Charter School Zombies * | Alan Singer: The Dishonorable Andrew Cuomo Meets the Hedge Fund / Charter School Zombies *From May 4 to May 6, 2014 the Honorable Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York State, is scheduled to be the Honorary Chairman at a three-day charter school/hedge fund extravaganza that is anything but honorable. Other celebrity "
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 4-18-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Same Fight, Another ArenaBy smf for 4LAKidsNews April 18, 2014 :: Apparently the way to fund a school bond campaign to relieve overcrowded conditions and fix aging facilities is to pack too-many like-minded potential donors into a too-small room, give them wine and cheese and canap├ęs (and diet Coke) – tell stories about the glory days of yesteryear and
HOW SCHOLASTIC MAGAZINE CHANNELS BILL GATES | DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing
HOW SCHOLASTIC MAGAZINE CHANNELS BILL GATES | DCGEducator: Doing The Right Thing: HOW SCHOLASTIC MAGAZINE CHANNELS BILL GATES Reading between Scholastic’s lines is easy. All you have to do is a “close read”. So lets do that together, shall we? You can find the article by clicking the link. Of course, following CC procedure, we will take excerpts and close read them to get to the hidden agendas. My
4-18-14 Wait What?
Wait What?: Malloy administration recruits “Dream Team” to sell Common Core to Connecticut teachersThe Malloy administration is implementing a new Common Core PR extravaganza. Initially Malloy and his team wanted to run a $1 million Connecticut taxpayer funded pro-Common Core advertising campaign. But when a political firestorm forced them to back down, the Malloy team came up with a different pub
Ed Tech Blueprint - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
Ed Tech Blueprint - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Releases Education Technology BlueprintMILPITAS—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Education Technology Task Force released a new report today that outlines steps California should take to ensure education technology can be an effective, safe, and productive tool for learning over the ne
4-18-14 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): Morning Read: Insurance costs boosted superintendent payInsurance premium subsidy boosted superintendent’s pay to $772,457 An embattled South Bay school district leader, under investigation for his high compensation, now has a new issue to deal with: insurance premiums that should have been counted as tax
New Network for Social Justice Unionism Seeks to Change the Labor Movement | PopularResistance.Org
New Network for Social Justice Unionism Seeks to Change the Labor Movement | PopularResistance.Org: New Network for Social Justice Unionism Seeks to Change the Labor MovementORGANIZE! WORKER RIGHTS AND JOBS, YOUTH By Roshan Bliss, www.PopularResistance.orgApril 18th, 2014  Powered by TranslateInterview with Michelle Gunderson co-founder of the Network for Social Justice UnionismEarlier this month
4-18-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: April’s Best Tweets — Part ThreeEvery month I make a few short lists highlighting my choices of the best resources I through (and learned from) Twitter, but didn’t necessarily include them in posts here on my blog. I’ve already shared in earlier posts several new resources I found on Twitter — and where I gave credit to tho
History Repeats: Standards-based education reform of public schools has been tried before.
History Repeats | The Crucial Voice of the People: History RepeatsMany crossed this bridge before.Standards-based education reform of public schools has been tried before.Around 1913, the industrial “efficiency movement” focused public attention on outcomes but when educators attempted to “routinize teaching,” or standardize it, it didn’t work according to Robert J. Marzano and Jon S. Kendall in “
Morning Wink 4-18-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-18-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Mercedes Schneider Explains Common Core to Sol Stern, AgainSol Stern of the rightwing Manhattan Institute is a fierce advocate for the Common Core Standards. He is a journalist of great rhetoric

The Portland School Board's top 5 concerns about the Common Core | OregonLive.com
The Portland School Board's top 5 concerns about the Common Core | OregonLive.com: The Portland School Board's top 5 concerns about the Common CoreSteve BuelStephanie Yao Long | syao@oregonian.com Portland School Board members at their meeting on Wednesday voiced strong and wide-ranging opinions on the new Common Core student achievement standards, which take effect next school year.But nearly eve


The Center for American “Progress:” Really?!? |
The Center for American “Progress:” Really?!? |: The Center for American “Progress:” Really?!? The American Statistical Association recently released a position statement on VAMs–a statement that really should/could serve as one of a few “nail in the coffin” reports on VAMs. Others, however, continue to move forward with VAMS despite this position statement and all of its surrounding research.That


Nite Cap 4-17-14 #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 CAPCalifornia Statewide Average Indirect Cost Rates - Indirect Cost Rates (ICR) (CA Dept of Education)California Statewide Average Indirect Cost Rates - Indirect Cost Rates (ICR) (CA Dept of Education): California Statewide Average Indirect Cost Rat
Jersey Jazzman: Charter Schools: The New Battle of Trenton
Jersey Jazzman: Charter Schools: The New Battle of Trenton: Charter Schools: The New Battle of TrentonSo you guys have all seen this:On Christmas Day, 1775, George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River, starting at what is known now as Upper Makefield, PA. The general led his forces south along the banks of the river, eventually sneaking up on the Hessians, the German mercenary troo
Allegra Allesandri Pfiefer transformed a struggling school into the first public Waldorf-inspired high school in the nation.
Clients in Conversation: Building on a Shared Vision | 3BL Media: Clients in Conversation: Building on a Shared VisionTWEET ME:Learn how two @RSFSocFinance investors have used community to create new initiatives that defy expectation: http://bit.ly/1qFMULTIMEDIA FROM THIS RELEASE1 2ARTICLEThursday, April 17, 2014 - 10:15amThis article was originally published in the Winter 2014 RSF Quarterly.Inter
Colorado Coalition Says PARCC Testing is Not Teaching - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Colorado Coalition Says PARCC Testing is Not Teaching - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Colorado Coalition Says PARCC Testing is Not TeachingBy Anthony Cody on April 17, 2014 12:08 PMCall on Governor Hickenlooper For Support.Guest post by authors listed below.Proponents of the controversial Common Core aligned PARCC test suggest that it is a "more rigorous" standardized test

Juvenile Justice Education Programs in the United States and Across the South Do More Harm Than Good
Southern Education Foundation - Southern Education Foundation: Juvenile Justice Education Programs in the United States and Across the South Do More Harm Than GoodJuvenile Justice Education Programs in the United States and Across the South Do More Harm Than Good ATLANTA-April 17, 2014-With awareness growing that schools are disciplining and suspending minority students at alarming rates, a report

Marie Corfield: NPU Parents & NSU Students concur: Superintendent Cami Anderson is destroying Newark’s schools.
Marie Corfield: NPU Parents & NSU Students concur: Superintendent Cami Anderson is destroying Newark’s schools.: NPU Parents & NSU Students concur: Superintendent Cami Anderson is destroying Newark’s schools.Make up snow days! SGO’s! End of third marking period! Summative! Lions, tigers and bears—oh my! No wonder I couldn’t get this blog post done sooner.…Where are all her supporters? I wa
“A self-fulfilling conflict of interest”: Charter schools, testing mania, and Arne Duncan - Salon.com
“A self-fulfilling conflict of interest”: Charter schools, testing mania, and Arne Duncan - Salon.com: “A self-fulfilling conflict of interest”: Charter schools, testing mania, and Arne DuncanRep. Raul Grijalva sounds off to Salon on starved public schools and White House's "market-based philosophy"Raul Grijalva, Arne Duncan (Credit: AP/Carolyn Kaster/Jacquelyn Martin)Obama’s education s
Morning Wink 4-17-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: How Corporate Interests Beat NYC’s Progressive Mayor and How He Can RecoverThis article was written by an independent education researcher who requests anonymity. It is unfortunate that the poli

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: How Corporate Interests Beat NYC’s Progressive Mayor and How He Can RecoverThis article was written by an independent education researcher who requests anonymity. It is unfortunate that the politics of education have become so intermingled with powerful forces that researchers remain silent or hide their identities to escape retrib


4-17-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Book Reviews – & Shakespeare – In Three PanelsI’ve previously posted about Lisa Brown’s “Three Panel Book Reviews” that formerly appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle. They’re great models for student projects. I recently learned about how another artist uses this “three panel” idea, though Mya Gosling uses it to summ


4-17-14 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: NYT Talking about the Tests as Weapons of Mass DistractionThe New York Times editors appear to be catching on to the fact that the proliferation and misuse of high stakes testing  are not only a huge waste of resources that are actually doing more harm than good, but are also a "distraction" from the very real problems of poverty and inequality.  It's about time.To the Ed



Arne Debunkin’ | Gary Rubinstein's Blog
Arne Debunkin’ | Gary Rubinstein's Blog: Arne Debunkin’A little over three years ago, I first encountered Arne Duncan when he spoke at the TFA 20 year alumni summit and described the miracle school Urban Prep.  He implied that this school had a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate, which inspired me to investigate this clam leading to my very first school debunking.  My research
Nite Cap 4-16-14 #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 CAP4-16-14 The Whole Child Blog — Imagine Today's Children at 25 — Whole Child EducationImagine Today's Children at 25 — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGImagine Today’s Children at 25April 16, 2014 by Whole Child Symposium"What do we

John Thompson: Gallup Poll Finds Majority of Teachers "Not Engaged" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
John Thompson: Gallup Poll Finds Majority of Teachers "Not Engaged" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: Gallup Poll Finds Majority of Teachers "Not Engaged"By Anthony Cody on April 16, 2014 12:43 PMGuest post by John Thompson.Gallup has produced decades of research on the characteristics of high-performing educators, students and schools. Gallup explai
Elizabeth Warren and I | Diane Ravitch's blog
Elizabeth Warren and I | Diane Ravitch's blog: I have recently read that Senator Elizabeth Warren is a supporter of school vouchers. This made people who despise public schools, like certain hedge fund managers, tingle with joy. At last, a progressive who is as contemptuous of public education as they are! At last, someone who will support their efforts to dismantle our nation’s precious democrati

“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan | Parents United for Public Education
“Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry Jordan | Parents United for Public Education: “Revival from the Roots”: A listening tour of Philly Schools with Parents United and PFT’s Jerry JordanPosted on April 16, 2014 by HELENGYMI was deeply moved in watching the final cut of “Revival from the Roots,” a listening tour Parents United did with the
Competing Views of Teacher Tenure Are on Display in California Case - NYTimes.com
Competing Views of Teacher Tenure Are on Display in California Case - NYTimes.com: Competing Views of Teacher Tenure Are on Display in California CaseOne of the student plaintiffs spoke outside the Superior Court of Los Angeles County on the opening day of Vergara v. The State of California in May 2012.CreditMonica Almeida/The New York TimesLOS ANGELES — These are two vastly different portraits of
Is the NJEA waking up? | Bob Braun's Ledger
Is the NJEA waking up? | Bob Braun's Ledger: Is the NJEA waking up?NJEA President Wendell SteinhauerThe struggle to save public schools from private, profit-making scams could well be lost. It will be lost–if it already hasn’t been lost–unless those groups  with experience in organizing, resources for getting their message out,  a history of lobbying, and a willingness to use the courts, grow some

Education Committee Approves Charter School Reform Bill - Assemblymember Ed Chau Representing the 49th California Assembly District
Education Committee Approves Charter School Reform Bill - Assemblymember Ed Chau Representing the 49th California Assembly District: Education Committee Approves Charter School Reform Bill   April 10, 2014Sacramento – The Assembly Committee on Education passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1531, authored by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which requires that public charter schools be governed by bo
Wendy Kopp, TFA, and life in a bubble. | The Paper Graders
Wendy Kopp, TFA, and life in a bubble. | The Paper Graders: Wendy Kopp, TFA, and life in a bubble.by MR. S posted on MARCH 14, 2012Yesterday the Huffington Post ran an op/ed piece by Wendy Kopp, the founder of TFA. The title was In Defense of Optimism.  I read it, tweeted it, and moved on, but it has been rattling in my head for 24 hours now, so here are some thoughts in response.To start, I think

Morning Wink 4-16-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-16-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: How Many Hours Should It Take to Test Children in Grades 3-8 in Basic Skills?Principals, teachers, and parents in New York state complained that the Common Core tests for grades 3-8 were too lon


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-16-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: How Many Hours Should It Take to Test Children in Grades 3-8 in Basic Skills?Principals, teachers, and parents in New York state complained that the Common Core tests for grades 3-8 were too long. The tests for math and reading together take about 7 hours. Commissioner John King responded in a recent speech at New York University t
4-16-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Surprise, Surprise — Study Finds Shouting At Children “creates further discipline problems”To few teachers surprise, a new study has found that shouting at children is counter-productive. You can read all about it at Shouting at children ‘increases their behaviour problems’ in the British newspaper, The Telegraph. There hav

Pencils Out - Linda Darling-Hammond about standardized testing in the implementation of Common Core
Pencils Out: Pencils OutGAVIN BADEAPRIL 8, 2014The Prospect speaks with an education-policy expert Linda Darling-Hammond about standardized testing in the implementation of Common Core, a national set of guidelines on math and reading.Courtesy of Stanford UniversityLinda Darling-HammondOne of the most contentious debates racking state houses this year isn't about Obamacare, inequality, or even job


Watching Pearson: A Micro-Documentary by Todd Finley
Watching Pearson: A Micro-Documentary by Todd Finley




Can BESE Save White from Jindal? I’m Thinking… No. | deutsch29
Can BESE Save White from Jindal? I’m Thinking… No. | deutsch29: Can BESE Save White from Jindal? I’m Thinking… No.April 15, 2014John White’s job is on the line, and the primarily-purchased Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is standing behind its Common Core State Standards (CCSS)- and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)-promoting talki
New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com
New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com: New teacher evaluations: Search and destroy missions rather than efforts to improve instruction? COMMENT(1) 0 0 0 NewView Larger Teachers under siege?Previous PostsTuition will rise 2.5 percent at most Georgia colleges, but 9 percent at Tech and 7 at UGAApril 15, 2014Will the revised SAT be: A. Better; B.
Nite Cap 4-15-14 #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 CAPAgenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education)Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education): Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014Advisory Commission on Special Education (A

Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education)
Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014 - Administration & Support (CA Dept of Education): Agenda April 30 and May 1, 2014Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE) meeting agenda.Advisory Commission on Special Education MembersGina Plate, ChairVacant, Vice ChairFeda AlmalitiMildred BrowneMorena de Grimaldi Kristi HagansSomer HardingSara JochamBetty KarnetteMatt NavoLester PincuNancy PortilloMari


Help Elect RESPECT: Donate to support social justice union slate & Jesse Hagopian’s bid for president of the Seattle Education Association | I AM AN EDUCATOR
Help Elect RESPECT: Donate to support social justice union slate & Jesse Hagopian’s bid for president of the Seattle Education Association | I AM AN EDUCATOR: Help Elect RESPECT: Donate to support social justice union slate & Jesse Hagopian’s bid for president of the Seattle Education AssociationBy I AM AN EDUCATOR on April 15, 2014We need your help raising $1,000 to help us reclaim public

Russ on Reading: John Kuhn's Fear and Learning in America: A Review
Russ on Reading: John Kuhn's Fear and Learning in America: A Review: John Kuhn's Fear and Learning in America: A Reviewhttp://www.amazon.com/Fear-Learning-America-Teachers-Education/dp/0807755729John Kuhn is one part story teller, one part evangelist and one part passionate champion of public education. Through personal narrative, historical reference, sound research and righteous indignation he l


Another NYCDOE Educator Arrested for Speaking Up! southbronxschool.com
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Another NYCDOE Educator Arrested for Speaking Up!I should write this post as if it were a Twilight Zone episode.Imagine if you will a young, attractive, white female, first year teacher who unravels a string of corruption at her school and is sent without warning or knowing why to the Rubber Room. Soon she is terminated whilst the principal that she exposed for fin


Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public Education
Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public Education: Charter Schools and the Destruction of Public EducationMonday, 14 April 2014 09:05By Margaret Kimberley, Black Agenda Report | Op-Ed(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Every injustice in American life can be laid at the feet of the richest people in the country and the politicians who do their bidding. Nowhere is that terrible dynamic more ob



4-15-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: National Teacher Day Is Coming-Up & Here Are Two Great Ways To Celebrate It On Social Media!National Teacher Day in the United States is always celebrated on the Tuesday in the first full week of May. World Teachers’ Dayis held annually on October 5th since 1994, celebrates teachers worldwide, and was started by UNESCO.


Morning Wink 4-15-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTS4-15-13 Curmudgucation WeekCURMUDGUCATION: Insulating the NEAHow is it that NEA becomes so insulated from its members? After all, we are the union, right?My first big lesson in representative democracy came courtesy of the United Methodist Church. In the church structure, local churches are grouped into districts, and districts are grouped into larger regi


The Choice for Munoz Marin -What Parents and the Community Need to Know | WeArePCAPS
The Choice for Munoz Marin -What Parents and the Community Need to Know | WeArePCAPS: The Choice for Munoz Marin -What Parents and the Community Need to KnowPosted on April 15, 2014by wearepcapsThe Choice for Munoz Marin -What Parents and the Community Need to Know Why does the District want to turn over Munoz-Marin to the charter school operator ASPIRA?   Until this year, Renaissance schools, sch


"It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working."
"It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working.": "It’s all over but the shouting: Obamacare is working."byteacherkenFollow    Email  16 Comments / 16 NewGOPSo say Eugene Robinson.That's the first line of Obamacare’s victory lap, his column for Tuesday's Washington Post.As he says in the paragraph that immediately follows,All the naysaying in the world can’t drown out mo
The Wallstreet Journal also Captures the ASA’s Recent Position Statement on VAMs |
The Wallstreet Journal also Captures the ASA’s Recent Position Statement on VAMs |: The Wallstreet Journal also Captures the ASA’s Recent Position Statement on VAMs Yesterday I released the second of two posts about the recent release of the American Statistical Association’s Position Statement about using VAMs for educational assessment and accountability. Below is a third post, as again warrante
At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test | EdSource Today
At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core test | EdSource Today: At an East San Jose high school, students react to new Common Core testApril 14th, 2014 | 1 Comment | By John FensterwaldThe students in John Daniels’ U.S. history class at James Lick High School in East San Jose are a smidgen of the tens of thousands of juniors who are taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment
Jindal to Dump PARCC? | deutsch29
Jindal to Dump PARCC? | deutsch29: Jindal to Dump PARCC?April 14, 2014An April 14, 2014, nola.com article has Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal publicly saying he is “willing” to leave the Partnership for Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC)– and even the Common Core State Standards (CCSS):Gov. Bobby Jindal has said he is willing to withdraw Louisiana from a consortium of states developing the
4-14-14 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Why the Growing Opt Out Movement Puts Fear into the Antiquated Losers of Corporate Education Reform: Why the Growing Opt Out Movement Puts Fear into the Antiquated Losers of Corporate Education ReformI was chatting today with someone I had not seen in a while, and told them about my work in support of United Opt Out and how it could 6 percent of parents keeping their children home
Nite Cap 4-14-14 #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 CAP4-14-14 The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child EducationRethinking Classroom Pedagogy in the Standards-Driven Classroom — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGRethinking Classroom Pedagogy in the Standards-Driven ClassroomApril 14, 2014 by ASCD
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Are you ready to rumble? Looks like we have a candidate.
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Are you ready to rumble? Looks like we have a candidate.: Are you ready to rumble? Looks like we have a candidate.“What happened to the hundreds of children from closed schools who never made it the welcoming schools on the West and South Sides?” Fioretti said.It's cold and gloomy outside. But I'm smiling ear to ear. Here's why.Ald. Bob Fioretti just gave a powerful

Paul Horton: The War on Books II: Certified School Librarians Are the New Disappeared - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Paul Horton: The War on Books II: Certified School Librarians Are the New Disappeared - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Paul Horton: The War on Books II: Certified School Librarians Are the New DisappearedBy Anthony Cody on April 14, 2014 11:39 AMGuest post by Paul Horton.See Part 1: In Defense of Books, here. I was raised to believe that librarians were my friends and I have never me
Listening and Learning at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession | ED.gov Blog
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Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog 4-12-14
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