Saturday, July 19, 2014

2nd Banana 7-19-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #NN14


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Donna Brazile, Democrats for Public Education
Donna Brazile, Democrats for Public EducationDonna Brazile as one of the founding members of "Democrats for Public Education" talks about how privatization and market-based education reform has made education less equitable in many communities.



OMG!!!!! Look who’s covering Christie’s prez campaign | Bob Braun's Ledger
OMG!!!!! Look who’s covering Christie’s prez campaign | Bob Braun's Ledger: OMG!!!!! Look who’s covering Christie’s prez campaignBrodesser-Akner on TwitterThe Star-Ledger has hired a former Hollywood celebrity gossip blogger to be the senior political correspondent who will cover Gov. Chris Christie’s presidential campaign, according to social media sources. Seriously.Meanwhile, Amy Ellis Nutt, th


Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last
Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last: Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at LastJULY 16, 2014 BY LAURENSTEINER LEAVE A COMMENTI am an activist and organizer who recently joined the fight against “education reform,” which is really code for the attempt by corporations, billionaires and hedge funds and the industry they have spawned, to privatize public ed


7-13-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Latest Resources On Child Refugees At U.S.-Mexico Border© 2007 Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are the latest additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border: Shame on you, Murrieta, for blocking immigrant detainee buses is from Th


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-13-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: The Connection Between Jeb Bush, ALEC, K12, and MaineThis prize-winning story by investigative reporter Colin Woodard follows the money trail in Maine, as Governor Paul LePage seeks to make a name for himself in the world of digital learning. It was originally published two years ago, but remains relevant. Woodard dug through more


Vergara ruling becomes campaign issue | EdSource
Vergara ruling becomes campaign issue | EdSource: Vergara ruling becomes campaign issueJuly 17, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No CommentsState Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Marshall Tuck this week launched a petition calling on his opponent, incumbent Superintendent Tom Torlakson, not to appeal a lawsuit ruling that struck down statutes giving California teachers firing protections



LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Courtney Bowie: Vouchers and Privatization Undermine Educational EquityCourtney Bowie is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. In this article, she describes the ACLU’s efforts to stop discrimination against students with disabilities in Wisconsin’s voucher program. Privatization, she says, is promoting segr


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-18-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Great Hearts Charter Schools Coming to Texas in ControversyTexas State Commissioner Michael Williams overrode the veto of the state board of education to bring Arizona-based Great Hearts Academy to Texas. The state board thought they could veto the commissioner’s choices. But, well, it didn’t work that way, especially after Great H


Live from Netroots Nation! | Lily's Blackboard
Live from Netroots Nation! | Lily's Blackboard: Live from Netroots Nation!Jul 16th, 2014 by LilysBlackboard.Our very own president-elect Lily Eskelsen García will be part of the opening keynote at Netroots Nation! We will be livestreaming here. Don’t miss it!



AFT Convention live stream - A Union of Professionals - #AFT2014
AFT - A Union of Professionals - Live stream: Convention live streamSessions scheduled for the live stream are as follows:ALL TIMES PACIFICFriday, July 119:30 AMGeneral sessionSaturday, July 129:30 AM2:30 PMGeneral sessionsSunday, July 138:30 AM10 AM2 PMNominating sessionGeneral sessionGeneral sessionMonday, July 149 AMGeneral sessionTune in Friday, July 11 at 9:00 AM for live stream


Geaux Teacher!: Louisiana State's Moral and Legal Obligations to Children!
Geaux Teacher!: Louisiana State's Moral and Legal Obligations to Children!: Louisiana State's Moral and Legal Obligations to Children!Statement by the Louisiana Federation of Teachers which I totally agree with.Tragic and unnecessaryPOLITICS AND POLICY: IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES?(Baton Rouge - July 18, 2014) The political feud between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Superintendent of Education John White m


4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 7-18-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Before Buying Technology, Asking ‘Why?’By Ross Brenneman, Education Week Teacher |  http://bit.ly/1mZsR3D —Ross Brenneman Published Online: June 18, 2014 /Includes correction(s): July 15, 2014  ::  District leaders and other advocates of personalized learning frequently say that the approach isn't about technology. But that’s easy for an administrator t
Nite Cap 7-18-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAP7-18-14 The Whole Child Blog — How Do We Build Systems for All Learners?The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: How Do We Build Systems for All Learners?All the talk of closing the achievement gap in schools obscures a more fundamental issu
7-18-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: About the radio showJoin Drs. Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar LIVE Sundays at 6PM EST and Wednesdays at 7PM EST on Blog Talk Radio for progressive, pro-public education talk radio. Call in to speak live with Tim and Shaun during the show, (805) 727-7111. You can also listen to our Monday "Sunday-Replay" at 7PM EST, and re-broadcasts of the archives every Tuesday and Thursd
7-18-14 the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University)
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): O, Free Press, Where Art Thou?As I have noted, a common thread running through my blogs is the carelessness among the media covering education. Case in point, yet another tone-deaf and completely unsupportable piece has appeared in the The Post and Courier (Charleston, S
7-18-14 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: Vergara splits Tuck and Torlakson campaignsMorning Read: Vergara splits Tuck and Torlakson campaigns Vergara ruling becomes campaign issue State Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Marshall Tuck this week launched a petition calling on his opponent, incumbent Superintendent Tom To
7-18-14 Schools Matter
Schools Matter: Twins?Jonah EdelmanSeneca Craneby Jim Horn / 0min 7-17-14 Schools MatterSchools Matter: Charter Cap in Massachusetts Will Not Be LiftedIt is gratifying to know that the legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where public schools were born, took a significant step this week to support Horace Mann's notion of quality public schools for all children.  As Mann said some 160
7-18-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open ThreadIt looks to be a busy day in Seattle Public Schools.  Banda is now officially going to Sacramento (and boy, that lack of enthusiasm from the Sacramento Bee) and we await the discussion/announcement today of an interim who is likely to be in place for the next 6-9 months. I have found out some interesting things about one of the potential interim c

7-18-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?: Wait What? Jon Pelto and Ebony Murphy petition to run for governorGreat Profile Piece in Reminder News – Jon Pelto and Ebony Murphy petition to run for governorFrom the Reminder News, written by Melanie Savage   Jon Pelto and Ebony Murphy petition to run for governor After months of careful consideration, Mansfield resident Jonathan Pelto recently made the decision to choose a running


What's at Stake in Public Education | Diane Ravitch
What's at Stake in Public Education | Diane Ravitch: What's at Stake in Public EducationPosted: 07/18/2014 8:16 am EDT Updated: 1 hour agoPrint ArticleShare26Tweet130Email10Comment4Jeff Bryant notes that many in the national media were stunned when the NEA called for Secretary Arne Duncan's resignation. For years, they believed the secretary's press releases instead of investigating the festering
Morning Wink 7-18-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-18-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Great Hearts Charter Schools Coming to Texas in ControversyTexas State Commissioner Michael Williams overrode the veto of the state board of education to bring Arizona-based Great Hearts Academy
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-18-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Great Hearts Charter Schools Coming to Texas in ControversyTexas State Commissioner Michael Williams overrode the veto of the state board of education to bring Arizona-based Great Hearts Academy to Texas. The state board thought they could veto the commissioner’s choices. But, well, it didn’t work that way, especially after Great H

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: BEFORE BUYING TECHNOLOGY, ASKING ‘WHY?’
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: BEFORE BUYING TECHNOLOGY, ASKING ‘WHY?’: BEFORE BUYING TECHNOLOGY, ASKING ‘WHY?’BY ROSS BRENNEMAN, EDUCATION WEEK TEACHER |  HTTP://BIT.LY/1MZSR3D—Ross BrennemanPublished Online: June 18, 2014 /Includes correction(s): July 15, 2014  ::  District leaders and other advocates of personalized learning frequently say that the approach isn't about technology.


Vergara ruling becomes campaign issue | EdSource
Vergara ruling becomes campaign issue | EdSource: Vergara ruling becomes campaign issueJuly 17, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | No CommentsState Superintendent of Public Instruction candidate Marshall Tuck this week launched a petition calling on his opponent, incumbent Superintendent Tom Torlakson, not to appeal a lawsuit ruling that struck down statutes giving California teachers firing protections



Nite Cap 7-17-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT
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 CAPEduwonk » Blog Archive » Challenges in American Indian EducationEduwonk » Blog Archive » Challenges in American Indian Education: Challenges in American Indian Education50,000 American Indian students (approximately 7 percent of all American Indi



What happened to “No bias, no bull”? The new face of CNN’s Campbell Brown | Edwize
What happened to “No bias, no bull”? The new face of CNN’s Campbell Brown | Edwize: What happened to “No bias, no bull”? The new face of CNN’s Campbell BrownFormer CNN talk show host Campbell Brown is all over the headlines these days, but not for her skills as a journalist. Instead, Brown has reinvented herself as the face of attacks on teacher tenure, teacher unions and the teaching profession. 


Ravitch: Campbell Brown Too Pretty to Be Smart -- NYMag
Ravitch: Campbell Brown Too Pretty to Be Smart -- NYMag: Diane Ravitch: Campbell Brown Shouldn’t Worry Her Pretty Little Head About Education PolicyDiane Ravitch has some fair critiques of your work. Photo: Brad Barket/Getty ImagesPaul Farhi profiles Campbell Brown, the former CNN anchor turned education-reform activist, who is working to end strict teacher tenure protections. Naturally, this enra
7-17-14 The Whole Child Blog — Tacoma Public Schools: Measuring the Whole Child
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: Tacoma Public Schools: Measuring the Whole ChildEducators across the nation are working to improve their students' academic achievement, engage families and communities in learning, and maintain safe and healthy learning environments. But in Washington State's Tacoma Public Schools, educators are being held accountable for all of these responsibilities

7-17-14 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: National poll shows public suport for preschoolMorning read: National poll shows public suport for preschool Poll shows support for public preschool funding In a new national poll conducted by a bipartisan research team, respondents voiced their strong support for expanding public preschool,
7-17-14 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: Joy and Pain in PLC-landOh, if only we could easily sort all education ideas into perfectly embraceable and easily rejectable. But it's rarely that simple; we have to use the Power of Actual Thinking to separate the usable from the risible.Last week I spent two and a half days in the arms of PLC with colleagues from my school. Our administration is looking longingly at taking the P


On the Rocketship | EduShyster
On the Rocketship | EduShyster: On the RocketshipRichard Whitmire’s new book chronicles a bumpy ride for Rocketship charter schools…EduShyster: Your book is meant to chronicle the take-off of a high-performing charter school but to me it read more like a cautionary tale. You made the strongest case I’ve seen for why Silicon Valley-style disruption and education are a mismatch. I’m thinking of Rock



Morning Wink 7-17-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Courtney Bowie: Vouchers and Privatization Undermine Educational EquityCourtney Bowie is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. In this article, she describes the ACLU’s e
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Courtney Bowie: Vouchers and Privatization Undermine Educational EquityCourtney Bowie is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. In this article, she describes the ACLU’s efforts to stop discrimination against students with disabilities in Wisconsin’s voucher program. Privatization, she says, is promoting segr
7-17-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Speculating on Karen Lewis Challenge to Rahm: Who Will Get the Jewish VoteTwo Jewish candidates to square off in Chicago. (If you don't believe me ask Karen to show you her CHI.Someone emailed me when I was in LA, cocerned that Karen and Chicago crew weren't challenging Randi enough - that was before the Common Core shootout (AFT14 Report - Common Core Debate - Epic Battle B....).
7-17-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Stephanie Gadlin. Fear and loathing in Chicago. Run Karen. Run.- Stephanie Gadlin is Communications Director for the Chicago Teachers Union A THOUGHT: I am growing uncomfortable with the direction of the tone of the media stories emerging in light of the Sun-Times poll that has CTU President Karen Lew
7-17-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?: Wait What? Connecticut Labor Leader attacks Pelto/Murphy (including on education)Yesterday, the Political Director of the Machinists Union posted a commentary piece at My Left Nutmeg (http://www.myleftnutmeg.com/) belittling Ebony Murphy and my effort to give voters an alternative to the Democratic and Republican candidates in this year’s election for governor. My Left Nutmeg then prov

Live from Netroots Nation! | Lily's Blackboard
Live from Netroots Nation! | Lily's Blackboard: Live from Netroots Nation!Jul 16th, 2014 by LilysBlackboard.Our very own president-elect Lily Eskelsen García will be part of the opening keynote at Netroots Nation! We will be livestreaming here. Don’t miss it!



Kathleen Carroll Soars on the Wings of Research Blunder; Jim Horn Hitches a Ride | deutsch29
Kathleen Carroll Soars on the Wings of Research Blunder; Jim Horn Hitches a Ride | deutsch29: Kathleen Carroll Soars on the Wings of Research Blunder; Jim Horn Hitches a RideJuly 16, 2014On July 15, 2014, California attorney Kathleen Carroll posted a piece on the City Watch LA blog entitled, When Did Teacher Unions Decide to “Turn”… Against Collective Bargaining Rights? Based upon emails I have re


HealthierUS School Challenge Initiative - Healthy Eating & Nutrition Education (CA Dept of Education)
HealthierUS School Challenge Initiative - Healthy Eating & Nutrition Education (CA Dept of Education): HealthierUS School Challenge InitiativeInformation about and instructions how to apply for a HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) Award.BackgroundThe HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC) is a voluntary certification initiative established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and


Nite Cap 7-16-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #AFT14
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 CAPArne Duncan’s Reaction to Recent VAM Research |Arne Duncan’s Reaction to Recent VAM Research |: Arne Duncan’s Reaction to Recent VAM Research Valerie Strauss wrote a recent piece for the Washington Post about an email she recently sent to Arne Du
Arne Duncan’s Reaction to Recent VAM Research |
Arne Duncan’s Reaction to Recent VAM Research |: Arne Duncan’s Reaction to Recent VAM Research Valerie Strauss wrote a recent piece for the Washington Post about an email she recently sent to Arne Duncan — the current U.S. Secretary of Education who is (still) advancing VAMs for the nation. She wrote him directly to get his take on the “growing mountain of evidence [that] has shown that the method
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » End of Year Reflection on ELA, History and Science: 2013-14
Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » End of Year Reflection on ELA, History and Science: 2013-14: End of Year Reflection on ELA, History and Science: 2013-14What do I know – my weekly assessments, my unit planningI have been using Understanding by Design planning for over five years. It’s taken me about that long to use it somewhat effectively.  There are things I still need to work on. Here i
BATs Descend on DOE, Demand Change of Direction « WeActEd
BATs Descend on DOE, Demand Change of Direction « WeActEd: BATs Descend on DOE, Demand Change of Direction BATs (BadAss Teacher Association members) from around the nation are descending on the U.S. Department of Education on Monday, July 28. Learn why over 48,000 educators and supporters are preparing to surround the DOE to demand change. Join the Education Town Hall on July 24 with BAT co-founde
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University)
the becoming radical | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness (the public and scholarly writing by P. L. Thomas, Furman University): GUEST POST: Denny Taylor, Garn Press  Dear Friends and Colleagues, I am writing to urgently request your help. If you find the political circumstance and the research base for the four propositions that I have outlined in this letter are compelling, and you support the c

7-16-14 The Whole Child Blog — Motivation Matters
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: Motivation MattersMiddle school kids are a different breed. If you aren't motivating them, they are not learning. In fact, they are probably tearing something up if motivation isn't in the picture. During my years as a middle school principal, I figured out that building a school culture with character education, fun, and a sense of belonging was key t
John Thompson: Time to Kill the Testing Vampire - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
John Thompson: Time to Kill the Testing Vampire - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: John Thompson: Time to Kill the Testing VampireBy Anthony Cody on July 16, 2014 11:19 AMGuest post by John Thompson. My three decades of experiences dealing with the crack and gangs era of the 1980s, and then teaching in inner city schools, taught me to have an even keel. I'll never forget, however, the
Koch Heads: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students
Koch Heads: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School Students: Koch Heads: How The Koch Brothers Are Buying Their Way Into The Minds Of Public School StudentsIn the spring of 2012, Spenser Johnson, a junior at Highland Park High School in Topeka, Kansas, was unpacking his acoustic bass before orchestra practice when a sign caught his eye. "Do you want to make

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 7-16-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Better Educated Public School Kids – For A PriceBy The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board | http://lat.ms/1oHUdbq   Peninsula High School students listen as biology teacher Julie Maemoto explains how to do an upcoming experiment in her summer biology class. (Los Angeles Times)   July 16, 2014  ::  Children in the United States get unequal educations; tha




Morning Wink 7-16-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-16-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Georgia: Jason Carter vs. Nathan Deal for GovernorJason Carter, grandson of President Jimmy Carter, is running for governor of Georgia against incumbent Nathan Deal. Carter, elected to the state
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-16-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Georgia: Jason Carter vs. Nathan Deal for GovernorJason Carter, grandson of President Jimmy Carter, is running for governor of Georgia against incumbent Nathan Deal. Carter, elected to the state senate in 2010, is a graduate of Duke University who served in the Peace Corps in South Africa, the graduated from the University of Georg
7-16-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Red-baiting in Chicago.Campaign kick-off poster for Tim Meegan. - Tim Meegan is a Chicago Teacher and candidate for Chicago Alderman in the 33rd Ward. Fred, Here is the full text of my speech. Clearly I’m not calling for violent revolution: My name is Timothy Meegan, I am a father of a CPS student and
7-16-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Latest Resources On Child Refugees In The Southwest© 2006 Gail Williams, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Here are the latest additions to The Best Resources For Learning About The Children Refugee Crisis At The U.S. Southern Border: Schools a haven for kids who crossed border alone is from The Associated Press. Beware John Corny

empathyeducates – Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing
empathyeducates – Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testing: Why Poor Schools Can’t Win at Standardized Testingou hear a lot nowadays about the magic of big data. Getting hold of the right numbers can increase revenue, improve decision-making, or help you find a mate—or so the thinking goes. In 2009, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a crowd of education researchers: “I am […]by e
Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last
Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at Last: Social Movement Unionism Comes to the Teachers Unions at LastJULY 16, 2014 BY LAURENSTEINER LEAVE A COMMENTI am an activist and organizer who recently joined the fight against “education reform,” which is really code for the attempt by corporations, billionaires and hedge funds and the industry they have spawned, to privatize public ed

Nite Cap 7-15-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #AFT14
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 CAPNEA elects Latina to leadership at annual meeting « NewsTacoNEA elects Latina to leadership at annual meeting « NewsTaco:  Delegates make history by voting for new leadership team to head nation’s largest unionDENVER – July 04, 2014 -Students acr
NEA elects Latina to leadership at annual meeting « NewsTaco
NEA elects Latina to leadership at annual meeting « NewsTaco:  Delegates make history by voting for new leadership team to head nation’s largest unionDENVER – July 04, 2014 -Students across this country will have a historic new team advocating for their interests and the empowerment of the educators dedicated to their success this coming school year. Delegates attending the National Education Asso

7-15-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter: Doug Martin's Letter to Gordon Hendry and the Indiana State Board of EdBy Doug Martin Once again the Indy Star has given space to complete unreality, this time by you, Gordon Hendry, the new state board of education member all goo-goo eyed over your neoliberal heroes Bill Clinton and Bart Peterson. In fact, your piece, in many ways, is an attempt for Mike Pence and the state board



7-15-14 The Whole Child Blog — Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole StudentJean G. Fay has no typical workday. Whether it's working one-on-one with a child with special needs, helping out in the cafeteria at lunchtime, sewing costumes for the school musical, or leading 40 2nd graders in the Crocker Farm Elementary hip-hop crew, she does it all! Jean is als
Marie Corfield: More on Christie's Executive Order, AchieveNJ & PARCC
Marie Corfield: More on Christie's Executive Order, AchieveNJ & PARCC: More on Christie's Executive Order, AchieveNJ & PARCCKeeping this short and sweet because Ani McHugh (aka. TeacherBiz) and Jersey Jazzman both wrote excellent analyses of all that transpired in the life of A3081/S2541. Let's cut to the chase. Here's what the weights in educator evaluations will look like next year: In a
7-15-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Who Was Using What Math (and how did Principals feel about the Math Adoption)?I'm not sure this information will answer all questions, but I did put in a public disclosure request from SPS on the issue of what schools had been using enVision.  Here's the feedback I received on June 23rd.  (It is not complete as they are still trying to see if there were any MOU/agr
A battle won in the war on teacher tenure :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
A battle won in the war on teacher tenure :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: JULY 15, 2014A battle won in the war on teacher tenureby Alisha Kirby(N.C.) Teachers in North Carolina won a battle in an ongoing war over job protections as legislative leaders gave up – at least for now – a proposal to eliminate tenure in exchange for an 11 percent
7-15-14 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: Pension fund for CA teachers looking upCalSTRS reports a big year of earnings Riding the wave of record high stock prices on Wall Street, the fund providing pension benefits for California teachers and school administrators reported Monday that it earned a return of 18.66 percent on its asse
Seattle University Students Stand Behind Their Faculty
Seattle University Students Stand Behind Their Faculty: Seattle University Students Stand Behind Their Faculty In late May and early June, instructors at Seattle University casted ballots on whether they wanted to unionize. Since then, not a single ballot has been counted. Instead, administrative efforts have invalidated the vote and put the faculty’s unionization status in limbo.Seattle Universit
Staples, Postal Service to End Program to Set Up Post Offices - WSJ
Staples, Postal Service to End Program to Set Up Post Offices - WSJ: Staples, Postal Service to End Plan for Mini Post Offices in StoresTeachers Union Had Called for Store Boycott Amid Growing Criticism From LaborStaples Inc. SPLS +0.54% and the U.S. Postal Service said Monday they will end a pilot program to set up mini post offices in the company's retail outlets, days after one of the nation's
Morning Wink 7-15-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-15-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Jeanne Kaplan: Why Teachers Are Sick of DuncanJeanne Kaplan served on the Denver school board for years and watched with a heavy heart as fake “reformers” took over Denver and Colorado. Now Colo
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-15-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Jeanne Kaplan: Why Teachers Are Sick of DuncanJeanne Kaplan served on the Denver school board for years and watched with a heavy heart as fake “reformers” took over Denver and Colorado. Now Colorado has the most punitive teacher evaluation law in the nation, thanks to Arne Duncan and Colorado’s State Senator Michael Johnston. When
7-15-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Aft report: My Last Red-Eye - It's 2 AM and I'm Still Not EX-LAXThe AFT convention has reached its high point. It's the middle of the night and I'm surrounded by hordes of Unity Caucus delegates stranded from 2 fucked up Delta red-eyes. It's like an endless nightmare. I call the question but they are still here. On checking into security with my priority check-in - let's see - at

7-15-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: New Study Reinforces Previous Ones Showing SEL Lessons Need To Be Short & Simple© 2013 elPadawan, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio As regular readers of this blog and my books know, I’m an advocate of teaching Social Emotional Learning skills — and that I think they need to be simple so that individual teachers can integra

SELLOUT: Why the NJEA’s testing compromise with Christie was a mistake | Bob Braun's Ledger
SELLOUT: Why the NJEA’s testing compromise with Christie was a mistake | Bob Braun's Ledger: SELLOUT: Why the NJEA’s testing compromise with Christie was a mistakeRemember?                   The problem with the compromise reached between the Christie Administration and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) over the uses of high-stakes testing is this: The teachers’ union, rightly concerned

Arne Duncan flubbed on Common Core, and then he made it worse - LA Times
Arne Duncan flubbed on Common Core, and then he made it worse - LA Times: Opinion Arne Duncan flubbed on Common Core, and then he made it worseRandi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, speaks at its convention over the weekend in Los Angeles. (Los Angeles Times)By KARIN KLEINcontact the reporterThe scaffolding of support for the Common Core curriculum standards continues,
Teachers of Color Caught In The Windmill (On Real Equity) - The Jose Vilson
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Morning Wink 7-13-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
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Nite Cap 7-12-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #AFT14
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Morning Wink 7-12-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
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Common Core Talking Points Decimated in Radio Interview | Missouri Education Watchdog
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All Week @ The Answer Sheet 7-12-14
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7-12-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
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7-12-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
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7-12-14 Ed Notes Online Week
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7-12-14 Fred All Week Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
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7-12-14 the becoming radical EMPATHYEDUCATES! | A Place for a Pedagogy of Kindness by P. L. Thomas, EdD
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All Week 7-12-14 @ THE CHALK FACE
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