Thursday, July 3, 2014

Nite Cap 7-3-14 #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 CAP




The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick Douglass | Bill Ayers
The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick Douglass | Bill Ayers: The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro by Frederick DouglassA speech given at Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852Mr. President, Friends and Fellow Citizens:He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have. I do not remember ever to have appeared as a speaker before any assem
Some More *Clarity* on BESE’s “Special Counsel,” Contract Limitations, and PARCC | deutsch29
Some More *Clarity* on BESE’s “Special Counsel,” Contract Limitations, and PARCC | deutsch29: Some More *Clarity* on BESE’s “Special Counsel,” Contract Limitations, and PARCCJuly 3, 2014July 03, 2014, has been quite the day for uplifting information in the Roemer/White vs. Jindal battle over Louisiana public education. In this post, I elaborate on three topics: 1) Roemer’s, White’s, and the BESE m
Michelle Rhee’s Campaign Cash Infusion | Truth in American Education
Michelle Rhee’s Campaign Cash Infusion | Truth in American Education: Michelle Rhee’s Campaign Cash InfusionFiled in Candidates on Education by Shane Vander Hart on July 3, 2014 • 0 Comments1Photo credit: Center for American Progress (CC-By-ND 2.0)Today’s Moring Education article at Politico discussed StudentsFirst involvement in the 2012 elections.  It also sheds some light on why the Common Core
Van Roekel Tells RA Delegates Bringing Equity to Schools Requires Leadership, Not Just Action | NEA Today
Van Roekel Tells RA Delegates Bringing Equity to Schools Requires Leadership, Not Just Action | NEA Today: Van Roekel Tells RA Delegates Bringing Equity to Schools Requires Leadership, Not Just ActionJuly 3, 2014 by twalker  Filed under Featured News, Top StoriesLeave a CommentBy Tim WalkerNEA President Dennis Van Roekel delivered his final keynote speech at the 2014 Representative Assembly on Wed
The Best of LAUSD: the others - Los Angeles Public Education | Examiner.com
The Best of LAUSD: the others - Los Angeles Public Education | Examiner.com: The Best of LAUSD: the others The wonderful Music teachers and their fantastic programs that I have observed over the last 34 years.The itinerant teachers that serve the needs of special children.There are also elementary assistant principals who work at 3 different schools that are usually great distances apart. Their so
7-3-14 The Whole Child Blog — Encourage Student Passions with Genius Hour
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOGEncourage Student Passions with Genius HourJuly 3, 2014 by ASCD Whole Child BloggersFounded on an innovation championed by businesses like FedEx and Google, "the genius hour" sets aside school time (at least an hour, every week) for students to work on something they are passionate about. This video outlines some basic ten
What Is a Teacher? | Natasha Walizer
What Is a Teacher? | Natasha Walizer: What Is a Teacher? A teacher is the one who listens to the "strange" boy talk about his fascination with dragons and not judge. A teacher listens intently to the very animated child and might not understand what he is speaking of, but a teacher listens.A teacher is the one who listens to the 7th grade girl complain about her over-protective mother an
Are You on the Common Core Enemies List? | Missouri Education Watchdog
Are You on the Common Core Enemies List? | Missouri Education Watchdog: Are You on the Common Core Enemies List?inShareWe are truly living in Nixonian times.  The above excerpt is from a June 1971 White House memo entitled Dealing with our Political Enemies.  You better be careful what you say and what you write about Common Core in 2014 if you don’t agree with the process or product.  You might j
7-3-14 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): LAUSD expands search to find enough summer school teachersAs LAUSD kicked off its newly expanded summer school program last month, accommodating more students than ever before, one thing became clear: Sometimes, more money means more problems. And one problem district officials didn’t anticipate was findi
7-3-14 Jersey Jazzman Jammin'
Jersey Jazzman: Hey Professor: There IS a War On TeachersSpeaking for myself, one of the most frustrating things about being a teacher is when non-teachers in positions of influence tell me that my profession isn't really being targeted -- it's all just in my head, silly!Take the intellectual godfather of reforminess, Eric Hanushek, speaking here of the Vergara decision, which struck down Californ
7-3-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: (Thursday) Open ThreadGoing with a Thursday Open Thread due to the holiday tomorrow. From The Atlantic, a somewhat troubling story about a study finding that kids care more about "achievement and happiness" than caring for others and that teachers are aware of this issue.  The study is from the Making Caring Common project at Harvard and is called The Chi
Supreme Court of Illinois Backs Pension Clause Intent! Teachers and all public employees rejoice. | Reclaim Reform
Supreme Court of Illinois Backs Pension Clause Intent! Teachers and all public employees rejoice. | Reclaim Reform: Supreme Court of Illinois Backs Pension Clause Intent! Teachers and all public employees rejoice.Posted on July 3, 2014by Ken PrevitiSupreme Court of Illinois Backs Pension Clause Intent!From Bob Lyons: Illinois Supreme Court Backs Article XIII, Section 5!(Re-post of John Dillon’s ex
Coming to America - How we can help kids crossing the border
Coming to AmericaNEIL DIAMOND LYRICS"America"Far,We've been traveling farWithout a homeBut not without a starFree,Only want to be freeWe huddle closeHang on to a dreamOn the boats and on the planesThey're coming to AmericaNever looking back again,They're coming to AmericaHomeDon't it seem so far awayOh, we're traveling light todayIn the eye of the stormIn the eye of the stormHomeTo a new
Spectacular victory for Philly schools - pretty depressing | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
Spectacular victory for Philly schools - pretty depressing | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Spectacular victory for Philly schools - pretty depressingBy Dave Davies for NewsWorks on Jul 3, 2014 11:45 AMShare on emailMore Sharing ServicesCOMMENTS (0)PRINTIn a stunning, come-from-behind legislative win in Harrisburg, Mayor Michael Nutter and backers of the beleaguered Philadelphia school syste
Educating the Gates Foundation | Rethinking Schools Blog
Educating the Gates Foundation | Rethinking Schools Blog: Educating the Gates FoundationJuly 2, 2014 by rethinkingschoolsblogJune 26, Rethinking Schools editor Wayne Au spoke at a Seattle rally protesting the role of the Gates Foundation in public education: “Educating the Gates Foundation.” The rally was sponsored by Washington BATS (Bad-Ass Teachers) and Washington Save Our Schools. This is the
Morning Wink 7-3-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-3-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Rocketship Charter Chain’s Big Plans in TexasA note from a reader in Texas, where Rocketship charter schools have big expansion plans: Rocketship has re-applied for charters in Texas, 8 each in S
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-3-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Rocketship Charter Chain’s Big Plans in TexasA note from a reader in Texas, where Rocketship charter schools have big expansion plans: Rocketship has re-applied for charters in Texas, 8 each in San Antonio and Dallas. Last cycle, in spite of support from San Antonio group, Choose to Succeed (along with the promise of million(s) in
Teaching as a Profession?: Heading for the Exits, Fellows, and North Carolina | Cloaking Inequity
Teaching as a Profession?: Heading for the Exits, Fellows, and North Carolina | Cloaking Inequity: Teaching as a Profession?: Heading for the Exits, Fellows, and North CarolinaTeacher attrition is an issue across the United States. Amongst traditionally trained teachers, about 50% leave after 5 years. The infamous Teach For America program has an attrition rate of about 80% after five years (this
Shanker Blog » Summer Slide: Denial Is Dangerous
Shanker Blog » Summer Slide: Denial Is Dangerous: Summer Slide: Denial Is DangerousPosted by Lisa Hansel on July 3, 2014Our guest author today is Lisa Hansel, communications director for the Core Knowledge Foundation. Previously, she was the editor of American Educator, the magazine published by the American Federation of Teachers. This postoriginally appeared on The Core Knowledge Blog.I’ll guess
A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: A Question for Bill Gates: How Can We Motivate Students When Their Futures Are Bleak?By Anthony Cody on July 3, 2014 9:58 AMI am trying to make sense of the education reform project, which seems a mass of contradictions. On the one hand, we have a seemingly utopian p
Our National Anthem’s Two Questions | Taking Note
Our National Anthem’s Two Questions | Taking Note: Our National Anthem’s Two Questionsby JOHN MERROW on 03. JUL, 2014 in 2014 BLOGSAs we celebrate our nation’s independence, it might be worth recalling that the first stanza [1] of our National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” poses two questions but answers only the first, leaving the second for each generation to wrestle with.Some of you may n
7-3-14 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): Attack on “Balanced Literacy” Is Attack on Professional Teachers, ResearchThe allusion in Robert Pondiscio’s Why Johnny won’t learn to read accomplishes something different than intended. Pondiscio’s uninformed swipe at balanced literacy actually reveals that, once again
7-3-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?: Wait What? Malloy and Pryor:  The Connecticut Charter School Debacle ExpandsThanks to Governor Dannel “Dan” Malloy and his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, Connecticut’s charter school industry has been sucking up tens of millions of dollars in public funds that could have been going to help Connecticut’s real public schools. Malloy’s unlimited commitment to charter schools run
7-3-14 Answer Sheet
Answer Sheet: Why we still need affirmative action for African Americans in college admissionsAffirmative action in college admissions for African Americans has been losing support in the United States for some time, with new “colorblind” methods of ending gaining ground in the courts. In this powerful defense of affirmative action, Richard Rothstein explains why pretending color doesn’t matter do
7-3-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: TED-Ed Video: “What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence”Here’s a nice TED-Ed video and lesson I’m adding to The Best Websites For Learning About The Fourth Of July:by Larry Ferlazzo / 8h 7-2-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLLarry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…
7-3-14 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.: NEA RA. NBI on Common Core.This NBI from the NEA Board of Directors will be voted on at the RA later this week. NEW BUSINESS ITEM C In recognition of supporting quality teaching, as well as learning over testing, NEA will work with state affiliates in states that have adopted the Common Core State Sta
7-3-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Have a SAFE 4thWorse than Michelle Rhee: Teachers and public schools have a shocking new enemyIsn't it time for teacher unions to issue a Declaration of Independence from the Democratic Party? Thomas Jefferson for AFT president. Again thanks to Jeff Kaufman for coming up with this article by Jeff Bryant writing at Solon. Note that our fearless union leaders keep sucking at the tea
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 7-3-14
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: Common Core Test AnxietyBy: Stephanie Simon and Caitlin Emma | http://politi.co/VGtkxS July 2, 2014 08:59 PM EDT  :: A new front has opened in the Common Core wars — over testing contracts. The high-stakes battle is undermining one of the Obama administration’s most prized initiatives: its vision, backed by more than $370 million in federal funds, of te
7-3-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: Said it before and we’ll say it again: #edreform is cheap @rocketshipedRocketship Education sputters. I guess they didn’t build that play too well as they flew it. An editorial from the WI Journal Sentinel pretty much sums it up. Rocketship relies on inexperienced teachers, almost one-third of whom quit last year. It saves money by having students as young as kindergarten spend o
7-3-14 Curmudgucation
CURMUDGUCATION: Who Would Replace Arne DuncanThis question turned up on twitter again yesterday, and it represents one more popular daydream-- the end of Arne Duncan's tenure as Secretary of Education.I understand the appeal. Duncan has become the poster boy for reformsters, the face of everything teachers hate about this administration's education policy. When the administration has something ann
7-3-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: But Isn't The College/Career Readiness Metric All About Test Prep, Chancellor?Eliza Shapiro at Capital NY got an interview with Carmen Farina in which the NYCDOE chancellor gives more details on her plans to improve the school system.Farina says she plans to focus on the 2nd, 7th and 10th grades as benchmarks for how children are progressing academically, socially and emotio
NYC Educator: Those Darn Kids in "Failing" Schools
NYC Educator: Those Darn Kids in "Failing" Schools: Those Darn Kids in "Failing" SchoolsBoys and Girls High School is in trouble. For one thing, it's only graduating 40% of those boys andgirls. This makes it look bad, and since there are no excuses for looking bad, there must be steps taken. The step favored by Mike Bloomberg would be to close the school and send all those boys
Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jack Reed (RI) and OH Rep. Marcia Fudge Introduce Bill to Equalize School Resources | janresseger
Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jack Reed (RI) and OH Rep. Marcia Fudge Introduce Bill to Equalize School Resources | janresseger: Senators Sherrod Brown (OH) and Jack Reed (RI) and OH Rep. Marcia Fudge Introduce Bill to Equalize School ResourcesPosted on July 3, 2014 by janressegerAs a citizen of Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, I am proud to congratulate and thank our Senator Sherrod Brown an
Education Research Report: Increasing Parent Engagement
Education Research Report: Increasing Parent Engagement: Increasing Parent EngagementIf we had a road map to what parental involvement in schools should be, what would it look like? Would it be a straight line, or a complicated maze of cross streets going in every direction?University of Washington researchers studied The Road Map Project, a collaborative effort to dramatically improve student ach
Russ on Reading: The Reading Wars Continue: Scientific Literacy vs. Balanced Literacy
Russ on Reading: The Reading Wars Continue: Scientific Literacy vs. Balanced Literacy: The Reading Wars Continue: Scientific Literacy vs. Balanced LiteracyThe reading wars are back with us again. Carmen Farina, the new schools chancellor in New York City, said recently that she wants to see more aspects of "balanced literacy" put back into instruction in the city's schools. You can see t
Our Shameless Elders – redqueeninla
Our Shameless Elders – redqueeninla: Our Shameless EldersWritten by redqueeninla in EducationWhat is it with babyboomers and their parents that they should express such shameless contempt for their youngers? The spectacle of protestors old enough to be my parents barring political respite for the destitute and desperate zero-somethings in Murrieta this week is enough to make me want to send up fla
Marie Corfield: Robes of oppression: words & pictures on the Hobby Lobby decision
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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Tri-Star charter hustlers banned in N.J., welcomed with open arms in Florida
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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 CAPGeaux 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 Deshotel






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