Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Not Everyone Is Able to Tweet and Post Who They Really Are | Connected Principals

Not Everyone Is Able to Tweet and Post Who They Really Are | Connected Principals:



Not Everyone Is Able to Tweet and Post Who They Really Are




There is often much discussion around the separation of our professional and personal lives on social media.  Some districts strongly encourage this separation while others encourage the blending of both.  I have been a supporter of the latter as I believe that if we share who we are online we develop better relationships with others.  In December, I tweeted the following:



What I did not realize when I tweeted that, was that my view on the subject was coming from a lens of privilege – the lens of a middle class, white, heterosexual male.  Where I fell short in my tweet was that I failed to empathize with those whose lives are considered less acceptable to some.
When Royan brought this side to my attention… I stopped and thought about deleting the tweet, but then realized this is all part of the learning.  It was not my intention to be ignorant but by wearing my invisible napsack of privilege… I felt I 

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A Critical Look at Common Core with Dr. Stephen Krashen, hosted by UTLA Bilingual Education Committee
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High-stakes standardized tests and CCSS, they're a great way to measure… profits
High-stakes standardized tests & #CCSS, they're a great way to measure… profits. #LAUSD #edreform @skrashen @susanoha pic.twitter.com/Gn4LXB9KHi— Robert D. Skeels (@rdsathene) February 4, 2014
SKrashen: A better way to deal with summer loss in reading: Libraries
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New York legislators ready to put Common Core Standards and student data collecting on hold | Seattle Education

New York legislators ready to put Common Core Standards and student data collecting on hold | Seattle Education:



New York legislators ready to put Common Core Standards and student data collecting on hold

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This just in:
The leaders of both houses of the New York State legislature have called for a two year moratorium on the Common Core. The Governor has also expressed concern with the implementation.  In addition the electeds shunned I Bloom – the data portal. The Board of Regents will hear a report from a Task Force on Monday.  
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data
Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:
     We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum
that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career
ready.
     However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers,
administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted
throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: "Those Teachers Just Want a Day Off!": Are Teachers Ever "Off"?

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: "Those Teachers Just Want a Day Off!": Are Teachers Ever "Off"?:



"Those Teachers Just Want a Day Off!": Are Teachers Ever "Off"?


"Those teachers just want a day off!"


She didn't know I was a teacher.She laughed it off when my husband and I told her. "Well, I guess I better 
watch what I say about teachers then, huh?"

Too late.

My hubby and I found ourselves in the emergency room before school closings were announced. (He's good now). The nurse did not know whether schools were closed. The above was her response after I informed her that her son's school was closed.

Of course, I had to school her. :)

1. It's not the teachers who decide to close schools due to the weather.

2. The schools are closed for the safety of your child.

3.  Multiple snow days become unbearable for us because our students are 

Wish we could show this in every classroom. Great lesson that... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com

Wish we could show this in every classroom. Great lesson that... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com:



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Wish we could show this in every classroom. Great lesson that disability does not define a person. 

I have a new hero. He's 12. Wish all kids could see this video to hear Trenton Cochran explain so eloquently why his little sister Lindsay is neither defined nor limited by her disability.
"Just because she's different doesn't mean she doesn't fit in. Sometimes, people will stare at her," he says. "It's like, normal person here. Human being."





Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core - WNYC

Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core - WNYC:



Pressure Mounting to Halt Evaluations Tied to Common Core

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 - 06:18 PM

Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, left, and Education Commissioner John King release 2013 state test scores. (Beth Fertig)
Legislative leaders are calling for a two-year break before the state uses its new exams to evaluate teachers or principals. In a bi-partisan push, lawmakers said the Board of Regents and the State Education Department should help local school districts develop curriculum materials adjusted to the new Common Core learning standards. 
But Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged patience. His communications director, Melissa DeRosa, issued a statement defending a "meaningful teacher evaluation system" and the Common Core learning standards adopted by many states.
However, she said Cuomo "believes that the way that Common Core has been managed by the Board of Regents is flawed, leading to too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety among students and their parents. The strength of public education in New York is dependent on a rational system that is well administered."

Cuomo announced two weeks ago that he would assemble his own panel of experts and legislators to identify flaws in the roll-out and take corrective action by June. DeRosa 

Choosing Democracy: Education Bill of Rights - James Meredith

Choosing Democracy: Education Bill of Rights - James Meredith:





Education Bill of Rights - James Meredith

James Meredith.
by Valerie Straus. The Answer Sheet.  Washington Post
Calling modern school reform “catastrophically misguided and ineffective,” civil rights icon James Meredith is launching what he calls the American Child’s Education Bill of Rights, a 12-point declaration of obligations that he says the nation owes every public school child.
The 80-year-old Meredith was the first black student to graduate from the University of Mississippi. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. placed Meredith first on his own list of heroes in his 1963 Letter From a Birmingham Jail:
“Some day the South will recognize its real heroes. They will be the James Merediths, courageously and with a majestic sense of purpose facing jeering and hostile mobs and the agonizing loneliness that characterizes the life of the pioneer.”


In 1966 Meredith was  shot while leading a march that helped open the gates of voter registration to thousands of black citizens in the South. He later earned a law degree at Columbia University. In 2013, he was awarded the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the school’s highest honor, and he is the recipient of the 2014 winner of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence.

Meredith, who now drives his grandchildren to public school in Jackson, Miss., every day said:
“We are losing millions of our children to inferior schools and catastrophically misguided and ineffective so-called education reforms. Our schools are being destroyed by politics, profit, greed and lies,” he adds. “Instead of evidence-based practices, money has become the engine of education policy, and our schools are being hijacked by politicians, non-educators and for-profit operators. Parents, teachers, citizens and community elders must arm ourselves with the best evidence and take back control of our children’s public education before it is too late. We all must work together to improve our public schools, not on the basis of profit or politics, but on the basis of evidence, and on the basis of love for America’s children.”
The Education Bill of Rights identifies 12 basic education rights for every American child, all based on his career as a social activist as well as discussions with thousands of students, parents, teachers and education experts across America. It was written with William Doyle, the co-author of  Meredith’s 2012 memoir, “A Mission from God: A Memoir and Challenge for America,” who was recently named to the Fulbright Scholars Program Specialist roster for 2013-2018.
Meredith said that billions of dollars now spent on standardized testing and “so-called education reforms” can be better spent to help children.
“If we do not commit to this course as a national emergency, America is headed for disaster.”
Meredith urges Americans to join a national debate on the American Child’s Education Bill of Rights, and to add their own ideas, on his Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jamesmeredithusa

The American Child’s Education Bill of Rights

Every American public school child has the right to: Choosing Democracy: Education Bill of Rights - James Meredith:

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James Baldwin said it best: 

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


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