Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Nite Cap 7-2-14 #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 CAP



Geaux Teacher!: For Louisiana Board of Education Failure Was the Only Option!
Geaux Teacher!: For Louisiana Board of Education Failure Was the Only Option!: For Louisiana Board of Education Failure Was the Only Option!Retired teacher Mike Deshotels offers a pretty darn good synopsis of the June 1 BESE meeting.  If you missed it or want to spend a few hours witnessing an incredibly juvenile and idiotic display, you can watch the archived video when and if LDE makes it availa
NEA president: Current testing system “will crumble” | Chalkbeat
NEA president: Current testing system “will crumble” | Chalkbeat: NEA president: Current testing system “will crumble”Nation's largest teachers union meeting in Denver Two National Education Association leaders Wednesday called for a massive reduction in the amount of student testing and predicted accountability systems based on such assessments “will crumble.”Dennis Van Roekel, president of the 3
Corporate Free Speech and Teacher Gag Orders | Reclaim Reform
Corporate Free Speech and Teacher Gag Orders | Reclaim Reform: Corporate Free Speech and Teacher Gag OrdersPosted on July 2, 2014by Ken PrevitiThe Supreme Court Five has refused freedom of speech for teachers and approved freedom of speech protections for corporations (the legal fiction of corporate personhood). Even freedom of religious rights has been granted to corporations who are allowed to r
On the Intolerable Conditions of Many NYC Public School Buildings- A Teacher Comments Badass Teachers Association
Badass Teachers Association: On the Intolerable Conditions of Many NYC Public School Buildings- A Teacher CommentsI had gotten into the habit of wearing polyester, or heavy, cotton blouses by mid May, fabric that should spare me the embarrassment of unsightly sweat stains left by pools of perspiration being seen by my students. It was ninety two degrees and my classroom, was not an oasis of learni
Full interview with Karen Lewis | abc7chicago.com
Full interview with Karen Lewis | abc7chicago.com: FULL INTERVIEW WITH KAREN LEWIS
Children with mental illnesses struggle to find help as schools, hospital systems are decentralized | The Lens
Children with mental illnesses struggle to find help as schools, hospital systems are decentralized | The Lens: Children with mental illnesses struggle to find help as schools, hospital systems are decentralizedNew Orleans has become a case study in how children and families are affected by decentralization of public education and mental health systems. The problem is particularly urgent because m
Education in the Age of Globalization » Blog Archive » College Ready vs. Out-of-Basement Ready: Shifting the Education Paradigm
Education in the Age of Globalization » Blog Archive » College Ready vs. Out-of-Basement Ready: Shifting the Education Paradigm: College Ready vs. Out-of-Basement Ready: Shifting the Education Paradigm2 JULY 2014 256 NO COMMENTLast year when my son graduated from college, I asked the question “can you stay out of my basement?” as I believe an important outcome of education is the ability to live o
District Chief Poll is Not “Nationally Representative Sample” | Truth in American Education
District Chief Poll is Not “Nationally Representative Sample” | Truth in American Education: District Chief Poll is Not “Nationally Representative Sample”Filed in Common Core State Standards by Shane Vander Hart on July 2, 2014 • 0 CommentsThe Gallup/Education Week poll released yesterday that surveyed district superintendents’ thoughts on the Common Core State Standards I’m sure will be used by C
7-2-14 The Whole Child Blog — What Questions Do You Have About the Common Core State Standards?
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGWhat Questions Do You Have About the Common Core State Standards?July 2, 2014 by Klea ScharbergAlthough most states plan to fully implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) during the 2014–15 school year, many questions remain about what the standards are, how they were created, and how they will influence students' and teache
7/2/2014 – Leaving Educators Off The Education Agenda
7/2/2014 – Leaving Educators Off The Education Agenda: 7/2/2014 – Leaving Educators Off The Education AgendaJuly 2, 2014 SubscribeTHIS WEEK: Gaps Start In Kindergarten … Common Core Support Plummets … Ed-Tech Increases Achievement Gaps … States Falter On School Turnarounds … United States Of CrueltyTOP STORYThe Cost Of Leaving Educators Off The Education AgendaBy Jeff Bryant“As too few expectation
Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: "Unmotivated Students" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: "Unmotivated Students" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Gates' Excuse for Poor Results of Educational Technology: "Unmotivated Students"By Anthony Cody on July 2, 2014 12:18 PMI have written a great deal about the Gates Foundation's role in education reform over the past several years. They have been a focu
7-2-14 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): Top 6 shockers: how Weingarten and Deasy agree on tenureCourtesy: Aspen Ideas Festival The stage was set with the two public education luminaries, ready to square off on such lightning rod issues as tenure and teacher dismissal laws in the wake of last month’s Vergara trial: Randi Weingarten, leader of th
On “Access to Teacher Quality” as the New Equity Concern | School Finance 101
On “Access to Teacher Quality” as the New Equity Concern | School Finance 101: School Finance 101Data and thoughts on public and private school funding in the U.S.On “Access to Teacher Quality” as the New Equity ConcernPosted on July 2, 20140      Rate ThisA short while back, the Center for American Progress posted their take-away from the Vergara decision. That takeaway was that equity of teacher
Charter schools could refuse to admit gay, transgender kids | News Feature | Indy Week
Charter schools could refuse to admit gay, transgender kids | News Feature | Indy Week: Charter schools could refuse to admit gay, transgender kids By Michael PapichFile photo by D.L. AndersonRep. Paul Stam is anti-gay. Was he born that way?emailprintshareadd to favoritesadd to custom listcommentsWrite to the editorAbill that would permit charter schools to discriminate against students based on s
In Public Schools, White Students Are No Longer the Majority - Janell Ross and Peter Bell - The Atlantic
In Public Schools, White Students Are No Longer the Majority - Janell Ross and Peter Bell - The Atlantic: In Public Schools, White Students Are No Longer the MajorityU.S. classrooms will enter a new era this fall—one in which black, Hispanic, and Asian students form the majority.Molly Riley/ReutersThe 2013-14 school year has drawn to a close in most U.S. school districts, and with it the final per
Henry A. Giroux | Protesting Youth in the Age of Neoliberal Cruelty - Online University of the Left
Henry A. Giroux | Protesting Youth in the Age of Neoliberal Cruelty - Online University of the Left: Henry A. Giroux | Protesting Youth in the Age of Neoliberal CrueltyStudents in Milan took to the streets to protest against Italian austerity, October, 4 2013. (Photo via Shutterstock)Reality always has this power to surprise. It surprises you with an answer that it gives to questions never asked –
7-2-14 Jersey Jazzman Jammin'
Jersey Jazzman: In Newark, As Everywhere, Experience MattersSo Cami Anderson will be the State Superintendent of Newark's school district for at least another year. As John Mooney at NJ Spotlight notes, the announcement came at 5:23 on Friday evening: the time when all politicians dump unpopular news on their constituents.And even Chris Christie has to acknowledge that, at this point, Anderson is
Geaux Teacher!: John White's Credibility Plunges Into Negative Territory
Geaux Teacher!: John White's Credibility Plunges Into Negative Territory: John White's Credibility Plunges Into Negative TerritoryJust in case there is anybody interested in the public education takeover debacle who has not discovered Dr. Mercedes Schneider's blog or read her new book, here is her latest (I'm sure she is writing another as I post) blog.Roemer, White, and BESE Majority Positioning
7-2-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Five Good Resources For Project-Based Learning© 2010 hackNY.org, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio Here are some useful additions to The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas: Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning is by Andrew Miller. Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning is from Edutopia. What Project-Based Le
"Solidarity Forever" - Lily Eskelsen
"Solidarity Forever" - Lily Eskelsen
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm still trying to put positive spin on Chicago rising gun violence
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm still trying to put positive spin on Chicago rising gun violence: Rahm still trying to put positive spin on Chicago rising gun violenceRahm's PR team is trying to spin the slight reduction in Chicago murders as a plus for his policing policies even as our city's violence continues to outpace even New York and L.A..Leaving Chief McCarthy's propensity for fudging
NYC Educator: My Final Adventure at the Prestigious Private School
NYC Educator: My Final Adventure at the Prestigious Private School: My Final Adventure at the Prestigious Private School By special guest blogger Nouveaux PauvresOne afternoon the very troubled boy who had butlers and drivers and also had the disturbing habit of throwing himself on the floor I guess got bored with the pizza and the movies. So he took a plastic bag, put it over his head, and then s
Morning Wink 7-2-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-2-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Microsoft Cashes in on Common Core and Online TestingAre you ready for the new standards? Check out how Microsoft can help your school.5 by dianeravitch / 32min hide  //  saveMichigan: A One-Woma
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-2-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Microsoft Cashes in on Common Core and Online TestingAre you ready for the new standards? Check out how Microsoft can help your school.5 by dianeravitch / 32min hide  //  saveMichigan: A One-Woman Truth Squad for Charter AccountabilityThis article tells the story of Mary T. Wood, a woman in Michigan who has devoted nine years to tr
7-2-14 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.: The view from the IEA Retired section in the back of the hall at the first Illinois caucus session yesterday.NEA RA. NBI A. Toxic testing.New Business A will be presented to the RA Thursday.   NEW BUSINESS ITEM A NEA CAMPAIGN AGAINST TOXIC TESTING NEA will conduct a comprehensive campaign to end the h
7-2-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?: Wait What? CT Post Editorial: A long-overdue step on chartersThe Connecticut Post has published a powerful editorial about the Jumoke/FUSE charter school debacle and the Malloy Administration’s failure to properly oversee the growing charter school industry in Connecticut. Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy, his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, and Pryor’s minions of charter school a
7-2-14 Answer Sheet
Answer Sheet: What you know about July 4th is wrongYou learned in school about what happened in July 1776, and think you have a good handle on events surrounding American independence from Great Britain. Right? Well, if you think that was the day that America’s independence was declared by the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, you are wrong. And if you think that that […]by Valerie Str
7-2-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter: Join Me at the Rise Above The Mark Kokomo Show, July 17thBy Doug MartinI will be in Kokomo on the Rise Above the Mark after-movie panel on July 17 at the South Branch of the Kokomo library.  I will be signing copies of Hoosier School Heist from 4:30 to 5:30pm.  Here is the press release.  Please share this far and wide and follow me on twitter: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 1, 2014 R
7-2-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: Fred Klonsky is correct about the #NEARA14Says the retired teacher on his website: Yesterday NEA Board of Director from Illinois, Jim Grimes, told us that the leadership would present two New Business Items (NBIs) to the delegates.   One addresses the issue of the use and misuse of standardized testing.   The other one will call on local and state affiliates […]by Shaun Johnson /
7-2-14 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): Schneider’s Ten Reform Claims: A ReaderJack Schneider’s Ten Reform Claims That Teachers Should Know How to Challenge provides a powerful framework for educators to mobilize our much needed roles as teachers for the wider public. I want here to use his ten claims as a bas
7-2-14 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: PARCC Is in TroubleThis story has been emerging in bits and pieces and being reported on as parts of other stories, but it deserves to be mentioned many places, because it has the potential to wreak some serious havoc in this coming school year.Last year, Pearson won the contract to develop the PARCC test. This may have been because Pearson was the only bidder, and that may have be
7-2-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Michael Rebell On The Irony Of Campbell BrownFrom State of Politics:Michael Rebell, a veteran education advocate, expressed doubt during an interview on CapTon last night that an effort to duplicate the results of a California lawsuit that overturned teacher tenure laws in that state will be equally successful here in New York.... Rebell was co-counsel for the plaintiffs in
Why schools’ efforts to block the Internet are so laughably lame | Hechinger Report
Why schools’ efforts to block the Internet are so laughably lame | Hechinger Report: Why schools’ efforts to block the Internet are so laughably lameBy Annie Murphy PaulThis story also appeared at:As schools around the country have rolled out one-to-one computer initiatives, handing out tablets and laptops to their students, a sour note has often intruded on the triumphant fanfare heralding these
Stiglitz: Inequality Is Not Inevitable | janresseger
Stiglitz: Inequality Is Not Inevitable | janresseger: Stiglitz: Inequality Is Not InevitablePosted on July 2, 2014 by janressegerThe NY Times just ended an eighteen month series of commentaries on its opinion pages about economic inequality,  The Great Divide, moderated by the Nobel prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz.  I urge you to read the final column in this series, in which Stiglitz dec
Louisiana Educator: BESE Fails
Louisiana Educator: BESE Fails: BESE FailsI and many other educators and parents attended the BESE meeting Tuesday to watch BESE members and Superintendent White attempt to deal with the combination of curve balls and spit balls thrown at them by Governor Jindal. Instead of a ball game, it turned out to be a circus that lasted 6 hours and it was not entertaining. If our public education classrooms
Russ on Reading: SCOTUS Sticks It to the Union
Russ on Reading: SCOTUS Sticks It to the Union: SCOTUS Sticks It to the UnionWe must all hang together, or assuredly we will all hang separately - Ben FranklinThe Supreme Court Ruling Monday inHarris v. Quinn played second fiddle to the ruling in the Hobby Lobby case in the media. While the Hobby Lobby contraceptive case was front page news in the New York Times, Harris v. Quinn didn't get a menti
Complexities of Measuring Effectiveness | Connected Principals
Complexities of Measuring Effectiveness | Connected Principals: Complexities of Measuring Effectivenessby John Marschhausen • July 2, 2014 • 0 Comments“What are the real 3rd grade guarantee numbers?”“Why do the Ohio Department of Education and the district report different percentages? Are you trying to hide something?”These are all quotes that have been directed in my direction –either in person

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Roemer, White, and BESE Majority Positioning to Sue Jindal | deutsch29
Roemer, White, and BESE Majority Positioning to Sue Jindal | deutsch29: Roemer, White, and BESE Majority Positioning to Sue JindalJuly 1, 2014On July 01, 2014, I attended the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) Special Board Meeting initiated by three members: Lottie Beebe, Carolyn Hill, and Jane Smith.These three members wanted a primary focus of the meeting to incl
Plan B: One-Step for Addressing PARCC and Common Core | Crazy Crawfish's Blog
Plan B: One-Step for Addressing PARCC and Common Core | Crazy Crawfish's Blog: Crazy Crawfish's BlogZesty Louisiana Education PoliticsPlan B: One-Step for Addressing PARCC and Common CorePosted on July 1, 20140Today was an interesting day at the Claiborne building in downtown Baton Rouge. Today was the much anticipated climax of significant back and forth politicking between Governor Jindal and hi
Private viewing of “Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education” | Seattle Education
Private viewing of “Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education” | Seattle Education: Private viewing of “Standardized: Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education”I will be showing the movie STANDARDIZED: Lies, Money & Civil Rights: How Testing Is Ruining Public Education in my home on Thursday, July 10th at 7:00 PM.There w
empathyeducates – Black and Hispanic Kindergartners Are Disproportionately in High-Poverty Schools
empathyeducates – Black and Hispanic Kindergartners Are Disproportionately in High-Poverty Schools: Black and Hispanic Kindergartners Are Disproportionately in High-Poverty SchoolsBy Elaine Weiss and Emma GarcĂ­a | Originally Published at Economic Policy Institute. June 25, 2014Growing up black or Hispanic in the United States today means high odds of living in concentrated poverty: in neighborhood
An Activist Handbook for the Education Revolution: United Opt Out’s Test of Courage - UNITED OPT OUT: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform
An Activist Handbook for the Education Revolution: United Opt Out’s Test of Courage - UNITED OPT OUT: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform: An Activist Handbook for the Education Revolution: United Opt Out’s Test of CourageBY PEGWPEN · JULY 1, 2014In the summer of 2013, United Opt Out spent all of June writing 50 state opt out/refusal guides to arm everyone with an essential tool, specif
Do Teachers' Unions Have Any Friends in the Obama Administration? | Diane Ravitch
Do Teachers' Unions Have Any Friends in the Obama Administration? | Diane Ravitch: Do Teachers' Unions Have Any Friends in the Obama Administration?Posted: 07/01/2014 6:33 pm EDT Updated: 2 hours agoPrint ArticleShare30Tweet40Email10Comment7We are living in an era when the very idea of public education is under attack, as are teachers' unions and the teaching profession. Let's be clear: these atta
Is It Time to Escort Bill Gates Out of Our Schools? | John Thompson
Is It Time to Escort Bill Gates Out of Our Schools? | John Thompson: Is It Time to Escort Bill Gates Out of Our Schools?American constitutional democracy seeks a balance between the empowerment of individuals and the checks and balances necessary to protect the rights of the community. Bill Gates, like so many other billionaires, does not seem to respect the wisdom of poet Robert Frost. "Good
Nite Cap 7-1-14 #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 CAPFundraising advantages didn’t buy victory in SBE primaries | ChalkbeatFundraising advantages didn’t buy victory in SBE primaries | Chalkbeat: Fundraising advantages didn’t buy victory in SBE primaries Both candidates who won the contested State B






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