Friday, July 4, 2014

Nite Cap 7-4-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!



7-4-14 Ed Notes Online
Ed Notes Online: Dissecting Moaning Mona DavidsMoaning Mona Davids has switched sides more times than a tennis ball.... and burned more bridges than the retreating German army..... Ed Notes Local 372 President Santos Crespo Jr. fired [Mona] Davids in December, then sued her in January, claiming she failed to turn over passwords to databases containing confidential information about the union’s mem
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7-4-14 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
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Update: American Class Schedule 2014
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Fraud, embezzlement in charter schools nationally resonate with problems in Connecticut - Courant.com
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California's education leaders - AWOL again - SFGate
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Good Riddance to Common Core Testing | Diane Ravitch
Good Riddance to Common Core Testing | Diane Ravitch: Good Riddance to Common Core TestingA few years ago, Arne Duncan, Bill Gates, David Coleman, and a merry band of policy wonks had a grand plan. The non-governmental groups like Achieve, the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and Coleman's own Student Achievement Partners would write the Common Core stand
7-4-14 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: Tuck throws a punch at TorlacksonChallenger to CA schools chief  blasts handling of Inglewood Unified takeover Marshall Tuck, the man who hopes to unseat Tom Torlakson as state superintendent of public instruction on Wednesday decried a legislative committee’s failure to authorize an audit o
Summer Lost: Episode 1 - The Slide | Philadelphia Public School Notebook
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lol my common core | Missouri Education Watchdog
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Russ on Reading: Walter Dean Myers: An Appreciation
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My Independence Day Post Featuring Kate Smith and God Bless America | deutsch29
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The VergarGuments are Coming to New York State! | School Finance 101
The VergarGuments are Coming to New York State! | School Finance 101: The VergarGuments are Coming to New York State!Posted on July 4, 20140      Rate ThisAnd so it goes… The VergarGuments keep-a-comin… spreading their way from California to the Empire State, from Albany to Buffalo. And what are VergarGuments you say?Well, a VergarGument is a fallacious form of legal reasoning applied in the conte
FLASHBACK: 4th of July
FLASHBACK: 4th of JulyNite Cap 7-4-13 #neara13 #RYH4Ed #BATsACT #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2 #HEREPASTJUNEJames 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 CAPTODAYEducation is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world - Nelson Mandela - Wait, What?Education is the most powerful
Morning Wink 7-4-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-4-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: A Reading List on TestingBob Shepherd posted this reading list on testing. The list was compiled by Alfie Kohn. I have a few additions: Todd Farley, Making the Grades Banesh Hoffman, The Tyranny of Testing Phil Harris, The Myth of Standardized Testing Jim Horn and Denise Wilburn, The Mismeasure of Education Daniel Koretz, Measuring
7-4-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
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7-4-14 Answer Sheet
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7-4-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
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7-4-14 Curmudgucation
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7-4-14 Perdido Street School
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Nite Cap 7-3-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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