was held the last two days at American University. It is the main reason you have not seen me around this site much. During the conference I was doing a lot of live-tweeting, especially of the speeches by Jonathan Kozol and Diane Ravitch.

It was a fascinating gathering of 400+ people. There were the well-known educational activists - others of note were Deborah Meier, Mike Klonsky, Michelle Fine, Bob Peterson, Stan Karp and others. There were ordinary teachers. Parent groups were heavily represented. Two people who left Teach for America to get properly trained as teachers were part of a panel that