Saturday, May 10, 2014

2nd Banana 5-10-14 Recap of Last Week's Best Post #EDchat #EDreform #RealEdTalk #p2




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RECAP OF LAST WEEK'S BEST POST






Education Buzz / AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girls #BringBackOurGirls,
Education Buzz / AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girls: AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girlsPublished: May 7, 2014, 2:01 pm, by Carol McGrawThe American Federation of Teachers is asking people to protest the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls.The AFT and Education International are urging people to take Instagram photo


5-4-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: Video: “Hans Rosling – fossil fuel distribution in two minutes”I’m adding this video to The Best Hans Rosling Videos:by Larry Ferlazzo / 59min  Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Week… 5-3-14 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLarry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFLLARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF T

Mother Crusader: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras Baraka
Mother Crusader: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras Baraka: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras BarakaJust yesterday the Star Ledger reported on the intriguing campaign finance issues swirling around the Newark mayoral race.On the other side of the city, Baraka charged that Jeffries was hiding the identity of his donors through an


This is Common Core in Action. A Music Teacher is “Ineffective” Based on ELA/Math Standards. | Missouri Education Watchdog
This is Common Core in Action. A Music Teacher is “Ineffective” Based on ELA/Math Standards. | Missouri Education Watchdog: This is Common Core in Action. A Music Teacher is “Ineffective” Based on ELA/Math Standards.inShareIn the Common Core world of instruction, music teachers should not tell students to practice musical scales, utilize repetitive strategies, or help students develop individual s
Chris talks with Randi Weingarten and Sabrina Joy Stevens about the controversy over Common Core. All In with Chris Hayes on msnbc
All In with Chris Hayes on msnbc: What’s the case for the common core?Chris talks with Randi Weingarten and Sabrina Joy Stevens about the controversy over Common Core.The war on common coreChris Hayes looks at why millions of Americans are up in arms against the Common Core.Chris Hayes looks at why millions of Americans are up in arms against the Common Core. http://www.msnbc.com/all


Celebrate National Charter Schools Week: Pick Your Favorite CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDAL
CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS:Release: New Report On Charter Industry Exposes $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds Meant For Children Instead Lost To Fraud, Waste & Abuse - Integrity in EducationBlog - Integrity in Education: Release: New Report On Charter Industry Exposes $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds Meant For Children Instead Lost To Fraud, Waste & AbuseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2014CONTACT:Ky


Roaring in the rain at Lake Placid: "Public education is not for sale!" | NYSUT.org
Roaring in the rain at Lake Placid: "Public education is not for sale!" | NYSUT.org: Roaring in the rain at Lake Placid: 'Public education is not for sale!'Author: Liza FrenetteSource: NYSUT CommunicationsCaption: "Picket in the Pines felt more like Maid of the Mist," said one activist in a tweet, "but everyone left today with big smiles!" Photos on this page by Karen


Teachers, be silent no more! TLtBG will be signed, sealed, delivered to Bill and Melinda Gates at #EducatingGates June 26th! | Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates
Teachers, be silent no more! TLtBG will be signed, sealed, delivered to Bill and Melinda Gates at #EducatingGates June 26th! | Teachers' Letters to Bill Gates: Teachers, be silent no more! TLtBG will be signed, sealed, delivered to Bill and Melinda Gates at #EducatingGates June 26th!Posted on May 4, 2014by Teachers'LettersToBillGatesDear Teachers,Katie and I have formally endorsed the Washington B


5-8-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: One-Minute “Ask Smithsonian” Videos Are Good To Watch & Are Useful Models For Student CreationsThe Smithsonian has a series of one-minute “Ask Smithsonian” videos that answer questions on a variety of topics. Here’s an example: There short, sweet and interesting to watch. But I plan on using them for something else, too


Report: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud & Abuse - Integrity in Education
Report: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud & Abuse - Integrity in Education: Report: Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud & AbuseRelease: “A new report released today reveals that fraudulent charter operators in 15 states are responsible for losing, misusing or wasting over $100 million in taxpayer money.”Summary: “Charter School Vulnerabilities to Waste, Fraud And Ab


5-10-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter:  Schools Matter All WeekPoor Children Need More High Stakes Standardized TestingHow much longer will this nation and its political and corporate leaders continue to hide behind standardized testing and accountability for teachers while more children and families slip into poverty because of greedy sociopaths? Answer: as long as parents and teachers allow it.Do you think the Acosta



Nite Cap 5-9-14 #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 CAPRelease: House Passes $300M Giveaway to Charter Industry With Few Accountability or Transparency Measures to Prevent Fraud - Integrity in EducationRelease: House Passes $300M Giveaway to Charter Industry With Few Accountability or Transparency Me


Charter School Submission Package Information - Resources (CA Dept of Education)
Charter School Submission Package Information - Resources (CA Dept of Education): Charter School Submission Package InformationThe following are guidelines for completing the Notice for Charter School Number request form. This form was revised as of May 2014.Guidance for Completing a Charter Submission PackageFor additional information please contact Charlene Schmid at 916-323-1646 or by e-mail at
Star-Ledger abandons Newark. Again. | Bob Braun's Ledger
Star-Ledger abandons Newark. Again. | Bob Braun's Ledger: Star-Ledger abandons Newark. Again.The Star-Ledger will soon leave Newark, making the city one of the few metropolitan centers in the nation not to have even one daily newspaper. But, in truth, the newspaper already has abandoned Newark and there is no better proof than its shameful endorsement of Shavar Jeffries for mayor. Jeffries, as The
Once A Walmart Boycotter, Obama Now On Cozier Terms With Retailer
Once A Walmart Boycotter, Obama Now On Cozier Terms With Retailer: Once A Walmart Boycotter, Obama Now On Cozier Terms With RetailerWASHINGTON -- There was a time when President Barack Obama refused to shop at Walmart.Evidently, he's evolved.The president appear at a Northern California Walmart store Friday morning. The gathering is meant to tout energy efficiency, but it seems to have brought mor
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District)
LA School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD (Los Angeles Unified School District): Program to create college-bound culture in east Los AngelesVia the Los Angeles Times | By Stephen Ceasar An initiative intended to foster a college-going culture in East Los Angeles will grant guaranteed admission to Cal State L.A. to certain students at Garfield High School and East Los Angeles College,

5-9-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Friday Open ThreadI will be taking a short break for a few days as my family will be happily attending the graduation of my youngest son from his university.  We are very proud that he was accepted to the Evans School of Public Affairs at UW to work on his Master's.I am disappointed to report that teacher Jesse Hagopian narrowly lost to Jonathan Knapp for president



Morning Wink 5-9-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSDaughter of NH Arrested Dad Confronts the School Bullies: The School Administrators. | Missouri Education WatchdogDaughter of NH Arrested Dad Confronts the School Bullies: The School Administrators. | Missouri Education Watchdog: Daughter of NH Arrested Dad Confronts the School Bullies: The School Administrators.inSharePut your school administrators on not


LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 5-9-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Arthur Camins: What if We Used Assessment to Learn Rather than to Judge?Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., is an insightful critic of contemporary “reforms.” In this post, he envisions a different way to use assessment


Sacramento News & Review - Teaching to the tech: On Sacramento schools, Common Core and the digital divide - Feature Story - Local Stories - May 8, 2014
Sacramento News & Review - Teaching to the tech: On Sacramento schools, Common Core and the digital divide - Feature Story - Local Stories - May 8, 2014: Teaching to the tech: On Sacramento schools, Common Core and the digital divideWill a contentious test and shiny new computers help bridge the technology gap?It's a rare moment at Leataata Floyd Elementary School: 30 sixth graders are complet
Chris talks with Randi Weingarten and Sabrina Joy Stevens about the controversy over Common Core. All In with Chris Hayes on msnbc
All In with Chris Hayes on msnbc: What’s the case for the common core?Chris talks with Randi Weingarten and Sabrina Joy Stevens about the controversy over Common Core.The war on common coreChris Hayes looks at why millions of Americans are up in arms against the Common Core.Chris Hayes looks at why millions of Americans are up in arms against the Common Core. http://www.msnbc.com/all

Nite Cap 5-8-14 #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 CAPMother Crusader: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras BarakaMother Crusader: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras Baraka: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To De
Mother Crusader: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras Baraka
Mother Crusader: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras Baraka: Education Reform Now Dumps $2.1M Into Newark Super PAC To Defeat Ras BarakaJust yesterday the Star Ledger reported on the intriguing campaign finance issues swirling around the Newark mayoral race.On the other side of the city, Baraka charged that Jeffries was hiding the identity of his donors through an
Is Teachers’ Union Right on H.R. 10 Charter Bill? #edreform | Cloaking Inequity
Is Teachers’ Union Right on H.R. 10 Charter Bill? #edreform | Cloaking Inequity: Is Teachers’ Union Right on H.R. 10 Charter Bill? #edreformThe U.S. House is currently debating H.R.10,  a potentially important Charter school bill. Previously I wrote:I am not of the ilk that charters are all bad news (See all of Cloaking Inequity’s post on charter schools here). As I have mentioned previously, I am
Letter to U.S. Senators: oppose more money, less accountability for charter schools Parents Across America
Parents Across America:   Free speech for teachers has been muzzledBy Danielle Arnold-Schwartz, leader of PAA-Suburban Philadelphia I am grateful to live in a country where we have had First Amendment rights since 1791.  “This clause prohibits the government from banning speech because it does not agree with the message… James Madison pointed to freedom of speech as a vital aspect of a healthy rep
A Dialogue With the Gates Foundation About School Reform | John Thompson
A Dialogue With the Gates Foundation About School Reform | John Thompson: A Dialogue With the Gates Foundation About School ReformOnce again, I would like to thank the American Enterprise Institute's Rick Hess and the Gates Foundation's Steve Cantrell for a dialogue on school reform. Here are my first thoughts on the conversations with Dr. Cantrell, as presented in Hess'Aftermath: My Note to the G

How Not to Get Arrested at a School Board Meeting While Speaking Out Against Common Core. | Missouri Education Watchdog
How Not to Get Arrested at a School Board Meeting While Speaking Out Against Common Core. | Missouri Education Watchdog: How Not to Get Arrested at a School Board Meeting While Speaking Out Against Common Core.inShareSikeston Missouri School Board MembersA story went viral this week about a dad being arrested at a school board meeting.  Concerned citizens spoke out on what they considered pornogra
Problem with 'Grit,' KIPP, and Character-Based Education | New Republic
Problem with 'Grit,' KIPP, and Character-Based Education | New Republic: Teaching Kids 'Grit' is All the Rage. Here's What's Wrong With It.The problem with KIPP's character-education modelBY JEFFREY AARON SNYDERShareImagine attending a high school where your teachers grade you on how well you handle disappointments and failures; respond to the feelings of your peers; and adapt to different social
empathyeducates – Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Teachers and Testing
empathyeducates – Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Teachers and Testing: Obama Administration Sends Mixed Messages on Teachers and TestingPresident Obama and 2014 National Teacher of the Year finalists applaud Sean McComb, second from right, a high school English teacher from Maryland, as the 2014 National Teacher of the Year during an event at the White House. | Photograph Credit/Susa

Morning Wink 5-8-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 5-8-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: NEPC: Charter School “Wait Lists” Are Overstated, Possibly MeaninglessA new report from the National Education Policy Center reviews the “wait lists” that charter advocacy groups regularly public
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 5-8-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: NEPC: Charter School “Wait Lists” Are Overstated, Possibly MeaninglessA new report from the National Education Policy Center reviews the “wait lists” that charter advocacy groups regularly publicize and finds them to be vastly inflated. Charter advocacy groups claim that nearly one million students are wait-listed for admission, bu
5-8-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: One-Minute “Ask Smithsonian” Videos Are Good To Watch & Are Useful Models For Student CreationsThe Smithsonian has a series of one-minute “Ask Smithsonian” videos that answer questions on a variety of topics. Here’s an example: There short, sweet and interesting to watch. But I plan on using them for something else, too

THINK Community schools - Will having a dentist at school keep disadvantaged students on track? | Hechinger Report
Will having a dentist at school keep disadvantaged students on track? | Hechinger Report: Will having a dentist at school keep disadvantaged students on track?Community schools try offering dental, health care and other servicesBy Frank MirabalStruggling schools and students in disadvantaged communities are at ground zero as high school graduation and college completion rates become a growing nati
Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 5-7-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORMThe people buying Newark for Jeffries  Charles Ledley as a young man working for the Clintons Want to know who is buying Newark for Shavar Jeffries?  These are the people who run Education Reform Now, the organization that gave Newark First nearly a million dollars that, in turn, Newark First used to buy attack ads against Ras Baraka in
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Sun-Times tells Karen Lewis to "tone it down".
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Sun-Times tells Karen Lewis to "tone it down".: Sun-Times tells Karen Lewis to "tone it down".Sun-Times KMAIn the eyes of the Sun-Times editorial board, CTU Pres. Karen Lewis has gotten too uppity and disrespectful for Rahm's Chicagoland Plantation. In yesterday's editorial, the board told Lewis in no uncertain terms, as only a parent could scold

Education Buzz / AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girls #BringBackOurGirls,
Education Buzz / AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girls: AFT urges use of social media to protest kidnapping of Nigerian school girlsPublished: May 7, 2014, 2:01 pm, by Carol McGrawThe American Federation of Teachers is asking people to protest the kidnapping of Nigerian school girls.The AFT and Education International are urging people to take Instagram photo


Nite Cap 5-7-14 #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 CAPIs it time for the Money Fairy already? Capitol Alert: California races surpass $5.5 million in independent spendingCapitol Alert: California races surpass $5.5 million in independent spending: California races surpass $5.5 million in independent


5-7-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Possible Tragedy Averted at EcksteinToday at Eckstein (from a reader):Principal messsage: "At approximately 9:30, Eckstein went into Shelter-in-Place. All students and staff were safe. Police reported that there was an Eckstein student in the neighborhood who might be armed. Police apprehended the student at approximately 9:50 and we returned to business as us

5-7-14 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): JFK High librarian removed after allegations of fraud, forgeryJFK High School LA Unified officials are investigating a teacher who has now been removed from John F. Kennedy High School in Granada Hills, over allegations that she mishandled and manipulated record-keeping and stole money from ARC, an after-
The LAUSD Dinosaur: The Truth Behind The Economics Of Scale (And Waste). - Perdaily.com
The LAUSD Dinosaur: The Truth Behind The Economics Of Scale (And Waste). - Perdaily.com: The LAUSD Dinosaur: Dismantling The Economics Of Scale(Mensaje se repite en EspaƱol)The only justification that I have ever heard for the continued existence of LAUSD is the economics of scale. Simply stated, this is the notion that larger organizations can buy goods and services for significantly less money t
Moody’s Blames Philly Charters for Bad Rating
Moody's issues warning on School District's bond rating: Moody’s Blames Philly Charters for Bad RatingMARTHA WOODALL, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERLAST UPDATED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 1:08 AMPOSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 4:55 PMPHILADELPHIA At a time when the Philadelphia School District's financial condition is already dire, Moody's Investors Service is warning that rising charter costs and uncertain fu

Article: CONFLICTED: MSNBC's Mixed Reporting on Common Core and Charter Schools | OpEdNews
Article: CONFLICTED: MSNBC's Mixed Reporting on Common Core and Charter Schools | OpEdNews: CONFLICTED: MSNBC's Mixed Reporting on Common Core and Charter SchoolsBy Gustav Wynn (about the author)  opednews.comby gwLast fall, I asked whether MSNBC hosts like Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes (my two favorite) are pressured not to cover issues like hydrofracking or GMO foods by their bosses (see Is Rach


Morning Wink 5-7-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 5-7-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Patrick Walsh on the Death of Philosophy in a World of PhilistinesMany bloggers have commented on the pretentiousness and vacuousness of the gaggle of politicians, entrepreneurs, and hedge funder


5-7-14 The Answer Sheet
The Answer Sheet: U.S. judge: It’s ridiculous to judge teachers by test scores of students they don’t have, but it’s legal in Florida“Justice? You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law.” ― William Gaddis, A Frolic of His Own   A federal judge in Florida said that it is wildly unfair that the state evaluates many teachers on the standardized test scores of students they don’
5-7-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: I Learn Another Great Game For English Langage Learners From Jimmy FallonLast year, I wrote about a fun game for English Language Learners that I learned from late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon (see Jimmy Fallon Comes Up With A Great Game For English Language Learners). Today, I learned another one… He calls it Word Sne
An educator responds to John Barge's teacher tribute:... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com
An educator responds to John Barge's teacher tribute:... | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com: An educator responds to John Barge's teacher tribute: Appreciate the effort but disagree on the message COMMENT(11) 0 46 1 48Previous PostsWhy did so many elementary schools underperform in DeKalb and Atlanta? Is there a plan? May 6, 2014Teacher Appreciation Day: Google Atlanta chooses to fund wish lists of 356

“Sorry I cannot write more” – A Smarter Balanced Tale | InterACT
“Sorry I cannot write more” – A Smarter Balanced Tale | InterACT: “Sorry I cannot write more” – A Smarter Balanced TaleMAY 7, 2014tags: ccss, Smarter Balanced, vamby David B. CohenThe Common Core transition reached me on a more personal level this week when my 11-year old son came home and asked, “Dad, do you know anyone who made the Smarter Balanced test?” When I replied that I do not, he said, “
The new face of teacher unionism in New York City and beyond | Hechinger Report
The new face of teacher unionism in New York City and beyond | Hechinger Report: The new face of teacher unionism in New York City and beyondIn era of accountability, UFT contract builds on fiscal stability, flexibility, not social mobilityBy David C. BloomfieldI knew Al Shanker, Mr. Mulgrew, and you’re no Al Shanker.Would Al Shanker have agreed to let at least 200 schools, thousands of teachers,
Connected Principals | Sharing. Learning. Leading.
Connected Principals | Sharing. Learning. Leading.: The Advantage of Separating Behaviors and Academics Through a Competency-Based Grading System.As I watched one of our teacher’s training sessions this past Wednesday, I considered how far we had come in grading practices in a fairly short period of time. Our school made the transition to competency-based grading four years ago, and despite some o
Nite Cap 5-6-14 #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 CAPModel SARBs for 2014 - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)Model SARBs for 2014 - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2014 Model Attendance Improvement ProgramsSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instru

NYC Public School Parents: Six Charter School Myths; my testimony before the City Council today
NYC Public School Parents: Six Charter School Myths; my testimony before the City Council today: Six Charter School Myths; my testimony before the City Council todayMy testimony before the City Council hearings today; a  pdf of this testimony is here.Six Charter School MythsTestimony before the NYC Council Education CommitteeLeonie Haimson, Executive Director, Class Size MattersMay 6, 2014Thank yo


empathyeducates – CTU’s Karen Lewis Promises 2015 City Election Will be ‘Contentious’
empathyeducates – CTU’s Karen Lewis Promises 2015 City Election Will be ‘Contentious’: Karen Lewis, President, Chicago Teachers Union from City Club Chicago on Vimeo.12PreviousNextCTU’s Karen Lewis Promises 2015 City Election Will be ‘Contentious’By Ted Cox | Originally Published at DNAinfo Chicago. May 5, 2014RIVER NORTH — Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis threatened Monday to throw an

K-12 News Network | May 1st Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election
K-12 News Network | May 1st Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election: May 1st Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Electionadmin May 6, 2014 Elections, Los Angeles, School Boards 0By Radhika, LAUSD community member.May 1st Candidate Forum: LAUSD School Board District 1 Special Election.I was a fan of the late Marguerite LaMotte, whose sudden death forced a
Celebrate National Charter Schools Week: Pick Your Favorite CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDAL
CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS:Release: New Report On Charter Industry Exposes $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds Meant For Children Instead Lost To Fraud, Waste & Abuse - Integrity in EducationBlog - Integrity in Education: Release: New Report On Charter Industry Exposes $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds Meant For Children Instead Lost To Fraud, Waste & AbuseFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2014CONTACT:Ky
5-6-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Tuesday Open ThreadFun at Teacher Appreciation Day at Arbor Heights Elementary.   I happened to be checking what schools require uniforms (I believe there are only 3-4 elementaries).  K-5 STEM is one of them.  From their webpage, the school certainly has quite a different feel to it.  For example, they have four sections to their Uniforms page and the FAQ is really
5-6-14 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): Carthay Center parents get wish: principal is removedCarthay Center Elementary School As they rallied for the ouster of their school principal this morning, parents at Carthay Center Elementary School were told their efforts had paid off: Crystal Campbell-Shirley was removed from her post. Instructional D
Morning Wink 5-6-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSNewark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka: "I Will Lead a Full Scale Campaign for Local Control of Schools" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week TeacherNewark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka: "I Will Lead a Full Scale Campaign for Local Control of Schools" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Newark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka: "
Newark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka: "I Will Lead a Full Scale Campaign for Local Control of Schools" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Newark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka: "I Will Lead a Full Scale Campaign for Local Control of Schools" - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Newark Mayoral Candidate Ras Baraka: "I Will Lead a Full Scale Campaign for Local Control of Schools"By Anthony Cody on May 6, 2014 10:37 AMWith New Jersey in the news this year, the mayoral race in Newark has emerged as a crucial
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 5-6-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Rick Hess Blasts Duncan’s Waiver PolicyRick Hess of the conservative American Enterprise Institute wrote a hard-hitting and sensible column critical of Arne Duncan’s NCLB waivers. The column is especially pertinent in light of Duncan’s decision to withdraw his waiver from Washington State for daring to defy his will. Duncan will pu
5-6-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: The Best Articles Showing Why Education Reform Is NOT The Best Way To Fight PovertyPaul Bruno has described one of my common frustrations: When charged with “ignoring poverty”, many education reformers will respond that in fact improving education is the best way to fight poverty. Arne Duncan once went so far as to say that

Struggling L.A. schools seek larger class sizes :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
Struggling L.A. schools seek larger class sizes :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet:  MAY 06, 2014Struggling L.A. schools seek larger class sizesby Tom Chorneau(Calif.) Despite an improving economy and robust tax collections, the Los Angeles School District will petition the state to allow larger class sizes in some of its most under-performing
This is Common Core in Action. A Music Teacher is “Ineffective” Based on ELA/Math Standards. | Missouri Education Watchdog
This is Common Core in Action. A Music Teacher is “Ineffective” Based on ELA/Math Standards. | Missouri Education Watchdog: This is Common Core in Action. A Music Teacher is “Ineffective” Based on ELA/Math Standards.inShareIn the Common Core world of instruction, music teachers should not tell students to practice musical scales, utilize repetitive strategies, or help students develop individual s

Measuring a ‘growth mindset’ in a new school accountability system | EdSource Today
Measuring a ‘growth mindset’ in a new school accountability system | EdSource Today: Measuring a ‘growth mindset’ in a new school accountability systemMay 5th, 2014 | Add a Comment | By Jane Meredith AdamsStanford University psychologist Carol Dweck’s research on intelligence, motivation and achievement has changed the thinking of educators around the globe – and now it’s helping to drive a first-
Hey Mulgrew! Where's The Beef For The ATR's?.southbronxschool.com
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Hey Mulgrew! Where's The Beef For The ATR's?I wish to thank UFT President Mike Mulgrew for graciously sending out not one, but two, emailsregarding the new contract. It was chock full of information that I, an informed UFT member, need and which will allow me to properly discuss when mocked by the chimps at the Bronx Zoo for being part of a union that can't do righ
‘Ashamed’ Teacher Calls Common Core Exams ‘Institutional Abuse’ | TheBlaze.com
‘Ashamed’ Teacher Calls Common Core Exams ‘Institutional Abuse’ | TheBlaze.com: ‘Ashamed’ Teacher Calls Common Core Exams ‘Institutional Abuse’A Long Island, New York elementary school teacher who gained national attention for blogging that he was ashamed for his role in administering Common Core tests to students told TheBlaze he wants to see the K-12 math and science standards done away with in
Two More Excerpts from My Book, A Chronicle of Echoes | deutsch29
Two More Excerpts from My Book, A Chronicle of Echoes | deutsch29: Two More Excerpts from My Book, A Chronicle of EchoesMay 5, 2014On April 27, 2014,  I announced my book, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who in the Implosion of American Public Education.Here is the book description:“Corporate reform” is not reform at all. Instead, it is the systematic destruction of the foundational American institut
Title I Acadamic Achievement Schools Named - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
Title I Acadamic Achievement Schools Named - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 2013-14 Title I Academic Achievement Award SchoolsSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 106 public schools will be receiving the 2013-14 Title I Academic Achievement Award."I am proud of what these schools have accomplish

Nite Cap 5-5-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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