Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Looking Forward to L2L 2014 - Woodbridge, VA, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post - A Professional Networking Community for Educators

Looking Forward to L2L 2014 - Woodbridge, VA, United States, ASCD EDge Blog post - A Professional Networking Community for Educators:



Looking Forward to L2L 2014

Once again ASCD leaders from around the world are traveling to the Leader to Leader conference to be held this weekend. Leader to Leader (L2L) is our annual professional development event for those dedicated education professionals who serve in important leadership roles for ASCD Affiliates, Connected Communities, Professional Interest Communities, Student Chapters, and our Emerging Leaders program. Over the five years I have been associated with L2L, it has evolved to be a much more collaborative event with lots of opportunity for networking and learning from one another. The diversity of thought, perspective, experience and expertise is, in my own humble opinion, what makes this conference such a success every year. It’s never the same event twice.

This year we are looking to up the ante again, focusing on the theme of Take Charge Leadership, as we continue to encourage these ASCD leaders to work with one another across their constituent groups and generate new ideas, initiatives and energy that they can take back home and implement in support of the educators they serve. And so the question we ask at the outset of this year’s L2L is, “What do you get when you allow talented, capable minds to self-select groupings and projects that will build their professional capital while providing new value and greater capacity to lead?” We are about to find out.

We look at leadership around eight very specific actions that are nurtured and sustained over time. Beginning our conference work around these actions and then moving into an unconferencing format that allows participants to take charge of their learning sets the tone for the weekend. We are also instituting for the first time Web-based polling that will allow everyone in attendance to vote and comment instantaneously using their mobile devices throughout the three days.  Modeling this as participants provide quantitative and qualitative feedback to one another will provide practice and experience with a tool our leaders can take back with them to their respective, states, provinces and countries.

By the time we wrap up Saturday, everyone will be saturated in new ideas and possibilities. L2L is always an exhausting experience for everyone involved. Exhausting and gratifying. What is most gratifying for us as staff is the number of return participants we have every year, and the highly positive feedback we receive from the conference participant surveys. The truth is, it’s the ASCD Leaders who come and participate who make L2L the success it is. As a membership organization, ASCD could not make the difference it does for educators everywhere without its constituent group leaders. L2L is ASCD’s way of giving back to our leaders in the field, offering them the skills and support to be effective on the ground where it matters most.

 

Nick Kristof offers An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality

Nick Kristof offers An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality:






His guide has five principles which I will list here - these are his exact words, each followed by additional text:
First, economic inequality has worsened significantly in the United States and some other countries.
Second, inequality in America is destabilizing.
Third, disparities reflect not just the invisible hand of the market but also manipulation of markets.
Fourth, inequality doesn’t necessarily even benefit the rich as much as we think.
Fifth, progressives probably talk too much about “inequality” and not enough about “opportunity.”
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Unfortunately, equal opportunity is now a mirage. Indeed, researchers find that there is less economic mobility in America, than in class-conscious Europe.By now I hope I have at least aroused some interest on your part in reading the entire column.
Let me offer a bit more from the column and a few thoughts of my own below the squiggle.
Inequality causes problems by creating fissures in societies, leaving those at the bottom feeling marginalized or disenfranchised. That has been a classic problem in “banana republic” countries in Latin America, and the United States now has a Gini coefficient (a standard measure of inequality) approaching some traditionally poor and dysfunctional Latin countries.
The widipedia entry on Gini coefficients will you explain fairly clearly what this measure is.
If you want to explore inequality more thoroughly among the nation's of the world, this Wiki Nick Kristof offers An Idiot’s Guide to Inequality:

ASCD Educore - About Educore

ASCD Educore - Channels - About Educore:






 HOW TO USE EDUCORE

WATCH
EduCore hosts a variety of videos to help you understand the instructional shifts of the CCSS and how to use EduCore resources. These videos can be viewed independently and discussed in a professional learning community (PLC) or as a faculty.
READ
You can find relevant up-to-date articles and papers about the CCSS on EduCore, as well as articles chronicling the history and adoption of the CCSS.
LEARN
Watch a webinar to expand your professional knowledge on the CCSS. You can also learn how to develop your instruction around what your students know by using formative assessment math lessons or how to meet literacy standards in your core subject area.
CREATE
EduCore is home to example modules in literacy and mathematics. You can find sample formative assessment mathematics lessons and literacy lessons across subject content areas and grades. Learn how to implement these modules in your classroom and then use the templates to create your own.
EXPLORE
EduCore is a toolkit to meet all of your CCSS professional development needs. Check out the web resources showcased on EduCore to discover other online resources.
— COLLABORATE & CONNECT —
At your next faculty meeting, pick one section of the site to jigsaw out as a faculty. Discuss articles and webinars in your PLC or team. Observe an educator teaching an LDC module. Analyze and categorize student work with your PLC team. Collaborate in planning LDC modules or a Classroom Challenge formative mathematics lesson. Connect and share your impressions with other educators on ASCD EDge.
Have a question or suggestion?
Log in to EduCore and leave a comment. Did something work well for you in the classroom? We'd love to hear about it! Watch, read, learn, create, explore, and share as you discover how EduCore can meet your CCSS professional development needs!

Update On the “100 Summer Interns” Story | Crazy Crawfish's Blog

Update On the “100 Summer Interns” Story | Crazy Crawfish's Blog:

Update On the “100 Summer Interns” Story

Posted on July 23, 2014
It took some detective work, and reviewing of records from other agencies, but I was able to locate 16 summer interns and 14 student workers on LDOE’s payroll for a total of 30 student workers employed this summer. That’s still a lot of kids roaming around the halls of the department so I can see why it might seem like 100 interns. The highest paid interns earned 20 dollars per hour or the equivalent of around 40k if they were paid annually. The total payroll for all student workers comes to around 350k. All 30 student interns make up about 7-8% of LDOE’s total workforce as of July 2014. LDOE had contracts for at least 5 of their summer interns which I was able to uncover which LDOE did not turn over to me in response to my records request. All of these contracts would now exceed the 2k limit Bobby Jindal has now placed on the Louisiana Department of Education, which I would advise he keep in place indefinitely. If a state department can’t keep track of their own contracts they certainly should not be issuing them. I’m still not quite sure why LDOE refused to supply any information for my very reasonable Freedom of Information request and instead chose to wait two weeks before responding that they had no records responsive to my request.
I noted a few of the student workers and interns are children of current and former employees, but they are making the least amount – barely above minimum wage. I have chosen to withhold the actual names of the student workers and summer interns from this piece but listed below are the areas they are assigned to in the department.
Let me know if you would like to know anything else about the student workers or summer interns.
Since I ran my story on the interns LDOE has been slightly more responsive to my inquiries on Update On the “100 Summer Interns” Story | Crazy Crawfish's Blog:

Passion and Purpose | WagTheDog

Passion and Purpose | WagTheDog:



Passion and Purpose





job-satisfaction
David Coleman has made it perfectly clear there is no “room” in the Common Core for such trivial matters as students’ thoughts, feelings, and personal reflections.
Coleman may claim his emotionless Common Core will improve the career readiness of students but there is ample evidence that what employees think and feel has a direct impact on worker engagement and job satisfaction.
“Best places to work” companies don’t just have ping pong tables and free lunch, they have a “ soul” which makes work exciting and energizing. They invest in great management and leadership. The train and develop people so they can grow. And they define their business in a way that brings meaning and purpose to the organization…Now is the time to think holistically about your company’s work environment and consider what you can do to create passion, engagement, and commitment. It may be “the issue” we face in business over the next few years.”
Hard to understand how a passionless set of standards will improve the career readiness of students at a time when record numbers of employees are reporting feeling disengaged and dispassionate about their jobs…
“Gallup’s data shows 30% of employees Engaged, 52% Disengaged, 18% Actively Disengaged.  “These latest findings indicate that 70% of American workers are ‘not Passion and Purpose | WagTheDog:

Why I am Suiting Up And Showing Up for the BATS Rally (and You Should Too) - UNITED OPT OUT: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform

Why I am Suiting Up And Showing Up for the BATS Rally (and You Should Too) - UNITED OPT OUT: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform:



Why I am Suiting Up And Showing Up for the BATS Rally (and You Should Too)

By Morna McDermott
United Opt Out administrator
The BATS are holding an event at the steps of the US Dept. of Education this coming Sunday and Monday. There are a myriad of reasons why I am attending, which I will expound upon here …and none of them has to do with Arne Duncan.
If, following the event (to which we hope thousands will attend) Arne steps outside with a facial expression that resembles Woody from Toy Story and smacks his forehead and says, “Oh my God, you’re right!” and ends his reign of terror over public education, I’ll eat my protest cowboy hat (shown here).
Morna at Occupy 2012
No….that’s not gonna happen. So…WHY should we attend? Here’s why:
Rewind to 2011 and the SOS March and Rally in Washington DC. I became involved with that event because of my dear friend Bess Altwerger who was one of the lead organizers. I spent my summer crafting a cemetery symbolizing the death of public education.
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I brought 60 dolls in boxes, made by students and teachers from around the country as a message saying we refuse to be “boxed in” by standardized testing.
There, I met Ceresta Smith and Laurie Murphy, both original co-administrators for United Opt Out, which sprung forward following that event.
In April of 2012 United Opt Out, not even a year old, held an “Occupy the US Dept of Education” four- day event. During those days I met more amazing people from all over the country, including Ruth Rodriguez, Rosemarie Jensen, and Denisha Jones, all of whom have recently joined the UOO administrative team. It’s where I met Becky Smith, who following meeting people at that event is now a leader in the SOS community. And it was here that I first heard the phrase “Bad Ass Teacher Association” ever uttered.
In April of 2013 UOO rallied again at the steps of the US Dept of Ed….Arne was out of town. Who cares. I met even more amazing people, and forged new friendships and rekindled connections with folks I had not seen since Occupy 2012.  What keeps me going in this fight are the relationships and friendships I have made over the years.
In April 2014, UOO went to Denver. We tapped into the strengths and needs of a local community, and realized the power that making time to meet and organize can have. Sure, our website was hacked and totally destroyed that same weekend. But I met (or re connected with folks)—we all walked away with new sets of tools and ideas to MAKE THINGS HAPPEN. We have actualized so many of them already.
In June of 2014 I attended the WA BATS rally at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  I reconnected with familiar faces like Becca Ritchie and Anthony Cody. I finally got to meet social media friends like Susan DuFresne and Michal Pena.
The moral of the story is this: None of these alliances, friendships, campaigns, events, movements happen unless we are there to make them happen.
The events of this coming week are not for, or about Arne Duncan or the US Dept of Education (speaking for myself at least)…it’s for, and about, us.
The revolution will not happen on Facebook. Social media is a powerful tool for organizing and sharing information, for making new friends –or provoking (in)fighting on occasion which saps our collective energies in unnecessary ways. Whether good or bad….corporate reform will not stop because any of us spent enough of our time talking with one another on Twitter, Facebook, or our blogs. Corporate reform will end when we continue to suit up and show up whenever and where ever we can. We march, we block school closures, we talk back at legislative sessions, we host informational meetings to help parents, we show up to support teachers–the list goes on with one thing in common: WE SHOW UP. We need solidarity and we need each other.It’s hard not to feel defeated on a regular basis. Sometimes marches and rallies become game changers…sometimes not. But something powerful always happens, every time for me. I create stronger, more trusting and much needed alliances and friendships. I always….always…leave changed for the better.
I have attended events that have had thousands of people…while others were attended by a dozen at best. They all mattered,because I was there. Not because I am “so important” but because if I don’t show up, it means I have given up. We can only be defeated by a mentality of “why bother?” As Elie Wiesel said, “the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.” If we don’t show up—at PTA meetings, Board of Ed meetings, protests, info sessions, union meetings—they will take our democracy and public Why I am Suiting Up And Showing Up for the BATS Rally (and You Should Too) - UNITED OPT OUT: The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform:

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 7-23-14

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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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