Thursday, January 17, 2013

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 1-17-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



When the teacher is ready, the student will appear

Wait, you say.  Can it be that teacherken is confused about the ancient Buddhist proverb?
Trust me, I know the original is "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear."
The inversion is deliberate.
Because it tells us something about the nature of teaching.
Teaching is not peeling back the skull of a child and pouring in information.

so I was on Huff Post live

I got contacted this afternoon and asked if I wanted to appear for a discussion about the SC teacher who stomped on the flag.
If you go to Huffington Post Live the segment is called "Stomping on the Flag"
the other participants besides the host were a reporter from SC who is covering the story, an English teacher from NYC, and a Gulf War veteran from WV.
The segment lasts about 29 minutes.
I enjoyed myself a great deal.
If you don't know what I look or sound like

Here’s The Table Of Contents & Link To Pre-Order My Upcoming Book

Eye On Education has just made their page live on my upcoming book, Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation.
Here’s the Table Of Contents:
Chapter 1: I Still Want to Know: How Do You Motivate Students?
Chapter 2: What Can I Do to Help Students Feel More Positive About School and Learning?
Chapter 3: How Do You Handle Rudeness in Class?
Chapter 4 : How Can You Best Handle Classroom Management?
Chapter 5: I Still Want to Know: How Can You Help Students Develop Higher-Order Thinking Skills?
Chapter 6: How Can I Get My Students More Interested in Reading and Writing?
Chapter 7: How Can You Best Prepare My Students for Standardized Tests While Doing No Harm to Them?

No Deal on New York City Teacher Evaluations; State and Federal Money at Risk

The United Federation of Teachers and the Bloomberg administration blamed each other for talks breaking down even as a midnight deadline approached.

The New Jersey Education Reform Train Wreck

Well done! Promoted by Rosi.
Cross-posted at A New Jersey FarmerOh, the power of the pen. Or keyboard. Whatever.
As the President of the Madison Education Association, I'm going on an adventure to Trenton at the end of January with Madison Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael A. Rossi and Madison Board of Education President Lisa Ellis. We're going to meet with Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf and members of his staff about the frustrations we're feeling while trying to implement the new teacher evaluation system (EE4NJ), the Common Core Standards, and PARCC .
How, you ask, did this happen? Because of a letter Dr. Rossi wrote, and testimony he made in front of the State 

As clock winds down, talks continue but wide impasse remains

Almost immediately after UFT President Michael Mulgrew finished ripping Mayor Bloomberg’s characterization of how talks broke down between the two sides this morning, he informed members that there might still be a chance.
“Now they want to talk,” Mulgrew told members at a Delegate Assembly meeting after being handed a sheet of paper, according to several teachers who attended.
In addition to $250 million that’s on the line if a midnight deadline passes, no evaluation plan would also be a black eye for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who devised the law to withhold state funding from districts that failed to 

Justice Sotomayor Will Make History When Administers Oath of Office for VP Biden

Justice Sotomayor Will Make History When Administers Oath of Office for VP BidenSonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court, told Efe Thursday that Vice President Joe Biden’s request that she administer the oath of office for his second term is an “improbable” dream and “a tribute to the Latino community.”
Growing up in a poor neighborhood in The Bronx, “they both would have never entered my mind, either one would have been equally improbable,” she said, laughing.
“It is a tribute to the Latino community, to how important we have grown in America that a vice president of the 

Parents demand charter in LAUSD’s first parent trigger campaign


A high-spirited group of nearly 100 parents descended on the Los Angeles Unified district office Thursday and turned in petitions demanding sweeping changes at their failing school in the first use of the controversial parent trigger law in the city.
But parents at 24th Street Elementary School in the West Adams neighborhood got a strikingly different reception in L.A. Unified than their counterparts did in Compton and the High Desert city of Adelanto, where 

Senior Education Official to Address Financial Aid Administrators for Health Professions

David Bergeron, acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education, will give a “Washington Update” in remarks at the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2013 Professional Development Conference for Health Professions at 11:30 a.m. PT, on Friday, Jan. 18, in Phoenix, Ariz.

NYC stands to lose $450M if city, teachers union can't reach deal on evaluation plan

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, is at an impasse with a union representing 75,000 teachers. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, says a deadline of midnight still stands. David Karp/Sipa USA/Pool NEW YORK — New York City and a...

Attendance Rises Slightly on Day Two of School Bus Strike

The Department of Education said student attendance was a little higher on the second day of the school bus strike, about 90 percent overall. But schools serving students with serious disabilities continue to be hardest hit, because their students rely so heavily on yellow buses.
Attendance at District 75 schools, which serve the most severely disabled students, was less than 50 percent

Poodle of the Plutocrats: Dennis Van Roekel

Platonist D Coleman

Van Roekel has an established record of selling out the membership of NEA (hereherehere, and here), just as Randi Weingarten has done for AFT members.  With an uprising imminent over teacher evaluations based on test scores and more high stakes national testing based on a national curriculum written by arrogant elitist, David Coleman, we wonder how long it will take for Van Roekel and Weingarten to decide to spend more time with their families.  In the clips below, Van Roekel defends his position as the handsomely-paid lap dog of philanthrocapitalists.  Here is part of Dennis's latest defense of the rotted Common Core.
. . .NEA has been working to ensure educator input throughout the development and implementation of 

Dartmouth Stops Credits for Excelling on A.P. Test

Dartmouth is concerned that Advanced Placement courses are not as rigorous as college courses.

Sacramento School District slates closure of 11 schools
SACRAMENTO, CA - Eleven schools have been slated to be closed because of under-enrollment in the Sacramento City Unified School District, the school board announced Wednesday afternoon. District Chief Communications Officer Gabe Ross said staff ...

Can the DeKalb school board reinvent itself in 30 days?

This is the digest form of the four-hour state Board of Education hearing today on whether or not to suspend the DeKalb Board of Education. If want all the details, scan my live blog from the hearing.
The DeKalb board is fighting for survival after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the district on probation last month because of board mismanagement, meddling, nepotism and fiscal failings. The General Assembly passed a law in 2011 that gave the governor the legal power to remove errant school boards 

1. Building a professional learning network on Twitter

Added by Thomas Whitby on January 12, 2013

New York City Teacher Evaluation Talks Fail, School Discipline Crisis: Ed Tonight

Deal Or No Deal? This afternoon, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said the union was calling it quits on negotiations with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg over teacher evaluations. Shockingly, each side blames the other. What does this mean? The city will lose oh, a couple hundred million dollars in state budget money. Bloomberg says, via Gothamschools, that it's "too soon to tell" whether the loss will necessitate teacher layoffs.

My question: WWAD? (Stands for: What Will Arne Do? Obviously.) I've left the folks at the U.S. Education Department that question and will update when I hear back. But long story short, the adaption of a teacher evaluation framework was among the terms of the state's Race to the Top grant. U.S. Ed Sec. Arne Duncan has promised to be merciless in holding states accountable for their deadlines; already, Maryland and Hawaii have 

“LA Unified parents file petition for school reform”

Though I still believe it’s safe to say that the parent trigger idea has practically no future as a viable strategy to change schools, parents at a school in Los Angeles are giving it a try.
You can read about it in the San Francisco Chronicle article, LA Unified parents file petition for school reform.

Calling it a night, city and union say their eval talks are over

Michael Mulgrew has left UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway and a union official confirmed that any chance that a deal could be salvaged in the final hours tonight are “dead.”
And the other side also appears to have thrown in the towel. A spokeswoman for the Department of Education said they “called the UFT a couple of hours ago and tried one last time with a proposal and they rejected it.” She did not say what the specifics of that proposal were.
Micah Lasher, a former aide to Mayor Bloomberg who lobbied hard for the evaluations, was optimistic that a deal 

Parents Across America Are Opting Out

Looks like parents have finally had enough testing too. The Superintendent of Montgomery County Maryland called for a three year moratorium on high stakes standardized testing. The budget squeeze is making it impossible to ignore all the money for testing. The perfect storm.

On January 27 at 1:00 PM PST, 3:00 PM Central and 4:00 PM EST, Parents Across America will be hosting an online seminar on high stakes testing and opting out of such tests.

Our guests will be:
  • Jesse Hagopian, teacher at Garfield High School and part of the MAP test boycott 
  • Shaun Johnson, a former public school teacher, current teacher educator and online radio show co-host of At the Chalk Face who is a founder of United Opt Out National. 
  • Monty Neill, Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). Dr. Neill  authored Implementing Performance Assessments: A Guide to Classroom School and System Reform, and Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment Systems, the first comprehensive evaluation of all 50 state testing programs.
  • Tim Slekar, a former public school teacher and now an associate professor of teacher education. Dr. Slekar is also co-host of At the Chalk Face and a founder of United Opt Out National.
There will be a discussion on:
  • How high stakes testing got started.
  • Methods to fairly evaluate a teacher in the classroom.
  • Opting your student out of high stakes testing, why and how.
Each guest speaker will have an opportunity to talk about these subjects and then it will be opened up for questions and discussion.

To sign up for this event, go to Eventbrite. You will be notified of instructions on how to sign onto the webinar a few days before the event.

We can accept a maximum of 100 guests

Big Education Ape - Early Eveving Banana Break 1-17-13 #soschat #edreform

Big Education Ape - Early Eveving  Banana Break

Parents Across America Are Opting Out

Looks like parents have finally had enough testing too. The Superintendent of Montgomery County Maryland called for a three year moratorium on high stakes standardized testing. The budget squeeze is making it impossible to ignore all the money for testing. The perfect storm.

On January 27 at 1:00 PM PST, 3:00 PM Central and 4:00 PM EST, Parents Across America will be hosting an online seminar on high stakes testing and opting out of such tests.

Our guests will be:

On National Education Discourse (Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That)

Enemies in education? Ain’t nobody got time for that!
This is what happens when you start listening to folks who think the answer is square in the middle.
Enemies in education? Ain't nobody got time for that!The first time I took issue with a Michael Petrilli post, I was annoyed because, when it comes to education, only the people in his circle (frenemies or not) mattered and the rest of us (read: people of color) generally didn’t. You’ll note in his post that he calls for people to get familiar with others outside their echo chamber when he clearly has a silo of his own.
So forgive me for using him as a clear example of the national discourse in education.
In his world, you got educators, activists, and other lefty types in one end and all the members of the Billionaire Boys Club (not Pharrell), policymakers, central office types, and conservatives on the other. By looking at who they follow on Twitter, we can tell in which echo chamber they belong where they fit neatly with everyone else 

The Growth Model in Medicine

We all depend on doctors. They have a very good reputation, are highly educated, and we tend to trust them. Here’s a disturbing statistic, though. As western medicine is organized now, 100% of patients tend to die.
Clearly, there’s something wrong with this system. If 100% of patients die, what value are doctors adding. Sure, some say, they can provide medicine, surgery, and advice that often puts off the inevitable. But why should Americans, including children (who we place first) invest countless millions of dollars in something that guarantees only death?
The only solution, as far as I can tell, is to institute a system that rewards good doctors. For example, I myself have seen many doctors, yet I'm not in as good shape as I was twenty years ago. I have less hair, and it's not quite the same color it used to be. 

LAUSD parents deliver petition to Superintendent John Deasy demanding school reform

LOS ANGELES -- Amabilia Villeda received a surprising phone call from her daughter's teacher one day -- the sixth-grader could barely read. "How did this happen?" Villeda asked in Spanish. "Now she's in eighth grade and reads at third-grade level." | More education news

HISD board elects Eastman as president

HISD trustees voted unanimously Thursday to name Anna Eastman president of the school board, avoiding a public battle. Trustees had been unable to unify around a leader early this week, but ultimately settled on Eastman, who has not been a strong supporter of Superintendent Terry Grier. She was the lone trustee to vote against Grier’s  Read More

At the Chalk Face fights for freedom

Filed under: education reform Tagged: at the chalk face, freedom, propaganda, radio

Teaching kids about ‘white privilege’

One Wisconsin school is rocking the race boat: “A school district in Wisconsin said they will review a high school diversity class that exposed students to radical leftist thinkers and promoted a critical race theory that alleges white people are oppressors. The ‘American Diversity’ class was taught to students at Delavan-Darien High School in Wisconsin, Read More

Rooftop Farming in the Urban Jungle

Annie Novack is an organic farmer with a very different kind of farm. Annie farms at Eagle Street Rooftop Farms, which spans over 6,000 square feet on a rooftop in Brooklyn overlooking the city skyline. In addition to bringing farm fresh produce to local restaurants and consumers, Eagle Street works to provide farm based education to children and adults of all ages.

Just Like Michelle Rhee's Students first only BETTER

Astroturf lobbying refers to political organizations or campaigns that appear to be made up of grassroots activists but are actually organized and run by corporate interests seeking to further their own agendas. Such groups are often typified by innocent-sounding names that have been chosen specifically to disguise the group's true backers

Just Like Michelle Rhee's
 Students first Astroturf lobbying (only Better) 
Other Astroturf lobbying groups

الشركات استيلاء التعليم العام
Just Like Michelle Rhee's
 Students first Astroturf lobbying (only Better)