Thursday, July 10, 2014

Nite Cap 7-10-14 #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 CAP




7-10-14 The Whole Child Blog — Reflect or Refract: Top 3 Tips for the Reflective Educator
The Whole Child Blog — Whole Child Education: Reflect or Refract: Top 3 Tips for the Reflective EducatorPost written by Barry Saide and Jasper Fox, Sr. The dictionary definition of reflection states that reflection is light bouncing off a flat plane and returning back at the same angle. This allows us to see an image clearly, like when looking in a mirror. Reflection is an almost perfect represent
empathyeducates – The Limits of Reading Rainbow
empathyeducates – The Limits of Reading Rainbow: The Limits of Reading RainbowBy Adrienne Raphel | Originally Published at The New Yorker. July 2, 2014On May 28th, the people behind Reading Rainbow launched a Kickstarter campaign to “Bring Reading Rainbow Back for Every Child, Everywhere.” They gave themselves thirty-five days to raise a million dollars; that took less than twelve hours, so they r
Hemlock on the Rocks : Delaware's "Broad" View of Education....Chaos and Disruption Destabilize Schools and Communities, Making it Easier to Take Over ( Bwhahahahahaahah!)
Hemlock on the Rocks : Delaware's "Broad" View of Education....Chaos and Disruption Destabilize Schools and Communities, Making it Easier to Take Over ( Bwhahahahahaahah!): Delaware's "Broad" View of Education....Chaos and Disruption Destabilize Schools and Communities, Making it Easier to Take Over ( Bwhahahahahaahah!)Evil ? Worse than that! Eli Broad -- the CPA-trained-billio
7-10-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: How Can 2004 Data Prove that Reports in 2007 to 2012 on the Damage Done by NCLB Would Be Wrong?“Estimating the Effects of No Child Left Behind on Teachers and Their Work Environments and Job Attitudes,” by Jason Grissom et. al., uses NCES polling data from 1993-94 to 1999-2000 to 2003-04 to 2007-08. It begins by reviewing and challenging “anecdotal” evidence from great journalist
Netflix CEO Thinks Local School Boards Have To Go | Missouri Education Watchdog
Netflix CEO Thinks Local School Boards Have To Go | Missouri Education Watchdog: Netflix CEO Thinks Local School Boards Have To GoinShareWhy is it that the wildly wealthy: Bill Gates, Eli Broad, Mark Zuckerberg, the Waltons even our own Rex Sinquefield, feel they are uniquely qualified to tell us how to run our school systems? The latest to join the chorus is Netflix CEO Reed Hastings who told a m
7-10-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools and the Search for a SuperintendentA week from today, the Sacramento School Board (they call their members "trustees") will vote on Jose Banda as their new superintendent.  (I am waiting to hear back from their Communications person on details.)I suspect they will vote to offer Banda the contract and that he will accept.  I'm also fairly c
Paul Horton: The Technocrat's Revolution: Progressivism's Dark Side - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher
Paul Horton: The Technocrat's Revolution: Progressivism's Dark Side - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Paul Horton: The Technocrat's Revolution: Progressivism's Dark SideBy Anthony Cody on July 10, 2014 12:09 PMGuest post by Paul Horton.The rhetoric of the Education "Reform" has become truly Orwellian. Those who claim to serve "students first" are funded by corporat
Other People’s Cities | EduShyster
Other People’s Cities | EduShyster: Other People’s CitiesIn Camden, education reform and gentrification go hand in handBy Keith Benson In case you missed it, Camden, NJ will soon be home to a brand new practice facility (*we’re talkin’ about practice!*) for the Philadelphia 76ers that will cost taxpayers $82 million. What does Camden get in exchange for this princely sum? Fifty seasonal—read low-p
7-10-14 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): Morning Read: Firing Centinela Superintendent could take a monthProcess for firing Centinela Superintendent could take a month Although the Centinela Valley school board has voted to fire Superintendent Jose Fernandez following an investigation into his excessive pay, the process of terminating the embatt
Why Do Low-Income Students Take Longer To Graduate? - Janell Ross - The Atlantic
Why Do Low-Income Students Take Longer To Graduate? - Janell Ross - The Atlantic: Why Do Low-Income Students Take Longer To Graduate?Financial-aid restrictions are woefully out of keeping with the way most students attend school today.Nico Paix/flickrThe golden image of college students walking brick-paved paths to attend small classes in ivy-covered buildings hasn't matched the reality of higher
The Answer Sheet 7-10-14
Answer Sheet: What 4 teachers told Obama over lunchPresident Obama sat down this week for lunch at the White House with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and four teachers to talk about education, teaching and school reform. What the teachers said to Obama is explained in the following post by Justin Minkel, the 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, a board member of the […]3 by Valerie Strauss / 47min
Sam Pirozzolo Bares His Soul
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Sam Pirozzolo Bares His SoulPart of the lawsuit spearheaded by NYC Parents Union honchos Mona Davids and Sam Pirozzolo is their complaining about practices that can harm children brought about by teachers.What troubles us here at SBSB is what about practices that can harm children and shock the conscience by the professional complainers?The Crack Team came across S
Shanker Blog » The Language Of Teacher Effectiveness
Shanker Blog » The Language Of Teacher Effectiveness: The Language Of Teacher EffectivenessPosted by Matthew Di Carlo on July 10, 2014There is a tendency in education circles these days, one that I’m sure has been discussed by others, and of which I myself have been “guilty,” on countless occasions. The tendency is to use terms such “effective/ineffective teacher” or “teacher performance” intercha
7-10-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Brant Rosen. Tragedy in Gaza: Reckoning with Root Causes- Rabbi Brant Rosen is a congregational rabbi in Evanston and the co-founder/co-chair of the Jewish Voice for Peace Rabbinical Council. It’s happening again. As of this writing, Israel has dropped 800 tons of explosives on Gaza, a strip of land r
The Face Of Authentic School Reform – redqueeninla
The Face Of Authentic School Reform – redqueeninla:The Face Of Authentic School ReformWritten by redqueeninla in EducationHow do you complain about a system you support? Because it’s been suggested that criticizing LAUSD only feeds its demise by contributing to the atmosphere of fear and/or negativity that ultimately “forces” families into the arms of privatized “public” schools, aka Charter Schoo
7-10-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL, & EF
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL: “‘Collaboration Is Crucial’: An Interview With Carmen Fariña & Laura Kotch”In my latest Education Week Teacher post, I interview Carmen Fariña, Chancellor of the New York City schools, & Laura Kotch, its former Director of Professional Development and Curriculum, about the new edition of their book, A School Leader’
Anger, frustration as hundreds of New Orleans parents turned away from public school enrollment center | NOLA.com
Anger, frustration as hundreds of New Orleans parents turned away from public school enrollment center | NOLA.com: Anger, frustration as hundreds of New Orleans parents turned away from public school enrollment centerNew Orleans public school enrollment faltered badly Wednesday when hundreds of parents arrived at the lone resource center to sign up their children -- only to be turned away for lack
Morning Wink 7-10-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-10-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Reader: That Nonsensical Moratorium on High-StakesThe Gates Foundation called for a two-year suspension of the high stakes evaluation of teachers–ratings and rankings tied to student scores—but not a moratorium o
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-10-14 Diane Ravitch's blog #thankateacher #EDCHAT #P2
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Reader: That Nonsensical Moratorium on High-StakesThe Gates Foundation called for a two-year suspension of the high stakes evaluation of teachers–ratings and rankings tied to student scores—but not a moratorium on the testing. A reader writes: “If there is a moratorium on the evaluations connected to the tests, then there is no poi
7-10-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
Wait What?: Wait What? All WeekStep #1 – Dump the Common Core and its testing maniaStep #2 – Focus on properly funding our schools and helping children overcome the educational challenges associated with poverty, language barriers and unmet special education needs. “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense [or wasteful education reform industry junk] than on
7-10-14 Schools Matter All Week
Schools Matter: Weingarten Riding High on Teacher Union DuesMercedes Schneider has another solid piece on the secret society memberships and sordid political machinations of Rhonda (aka Randi) Weingarten, the corporate manufactured president of the AFT.  Seems that Randi recently plunked down 30K to join and another 100K promised every year to wine and dine with ostensibly liberal billionaires.  Y
7-10-14 Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week
Jersey Jazzman: Teacher Evaluation and the Illusion of PrecisionI testified before the NJ State Board of Education today about our year-old teacher evaluation system, AchieveNJ -- aka Operation Hindenburg. Time was limited to five minutes, so I focused on something I hope to be exploring more fully this month: the illusion of precision found in teacher evaluations.For now, here's today's testimony
7-10-14 Perdido Street School
Perdido Street School: Texas In The Vanguard Of The Anti-Common Core MovementTexas never jumped on the CCSS bandwagon, but the vehemence of this opposition is interesting:AUSTIN — Attorney General Greg Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign turned up the rhetoric against federal education standards Monday, soliciting donations with a fiery call to arms that “We must crush Common Core.”“Help Greg Abbott e
empathyeducates – The Dirty, Little Secret in America’s Education Wars? Money Matters
empathyeducates – The Dirty, Little Secret in America’s Education Wars? Money Matters: The Dirty, Little Secret in America’s Education Wars? Money MattersPhotograph; From left to right: Five year old Taylor Weber, in pink in middle, helps her older brother Andrew Weber, 8, right in green, hold up a protest sign they made by hand. The two go to Hutchinson Elementary School in Lakewood and are on a
Marie Corfield: Educators stand up, speak out, fight back: NJBOE Testimony Part l
Marie Corfield: Educators stand up, speak out, fight back: NJBOE Testimony Part l: Educators stand up, speak out, fight back: NJBOE Testimony Part lYesterday was an NJEA Lobby Day at the NJ State Board of Education, and as usual, our members didn't disappoint. There was a good crowd, among which were many first-time speakers. I'm proud to be part of an association that includes so many articulate
NEA Repudiates Arne Duncan, Demands America Pay Closer Attention | janresseger
NEA Repudiates Arne Duncan, Demands America Pay Closer Attention | janresseger: NEA Repudiates Arne Duncan, Demands America Pay Closer AttentionPosted on July 10, 2014 by janressegerIt shouldn’t really be surprising that the delegates at the National Education Association’s recent convention passed a resolution calling on U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to resign.Arne Duncan, through regul
An Urban Teacher's Education: On Shutting Teachers Up
An Urban Teacher's Education: On Shutting Teachers Up: On Shutting Teachers UpNothing but net for Nancy Flanagan the other day in her post over at Teacher in a Strange Landentitled, "Shutting Teachers Up."She writes, "When practitioners aren't allowed to openly share their critical perspectives, they lose the ability to speak their own truths and use first-hand experience as a lever
Study: Teacher associations in Georgia among nation's weakest | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com
Study: Teacher associations in Georgia among nation's weakest | Get Schooled | www.ajc.com: Study: Teacher associations in Georgia among nation's weakest Previous PostsGet ready: Goodbye CRCT and EOCT. Hello Georgia Milestones. July 9, 2014Which districts get best return on education spending? Gwinnett at top. Atlanta near bottom.July 9, 2014Money matters: More than one in six US teens confused ab
Data is Fool’s Gold of the Common Core | WagTheDog
Data is Fool’s Gold of the Common Core | WagTheDog: Data is Fool’s Gold of the Common CoreTeachers should strive to meet the individual needs of their students, not the “needs” of standards or tests. There should be high academic expectations for all students, but to expect everyone, regardless of ability/disability, to meet those standards simultaneously and in the same way is foolish and inheren
SKrashen: Literacy Education: Need We Start Early?
SKrashen: Literacy Education: Need We Start Early?: Literacy Education: Need We Start Early?Stephen KrashenLanguage and Language Teaching, Vol 3, number 2, issue 6: pp 1-7. 2014Most people are convinced that children will have a powerful head start in reading if they are introduced to sounds and letters well before they start school. The conclusions of this paper are these: For the development of
By getting it half right feds get it all wrong :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet
By getting it half right feds get it all wrong :: SI&A Cabinet Report :: The Essential Resource for Superintendents and the Cabinet: JULY 10, 2014By getting it half right feds get it all wrongby Lee FunkAfter taking a step forward by incorporating student outcomes into the accountability index for students with disabilities, the Office of Special Education Programs promptly took a gigantic lea
Report urges more active state role in Common Core | EdSource
Report urges more active state role in Common Core | EdSource: CREDIT: ALISON YIN FOR EDSOURCEThe Common Core State Standards require non-fiction books in subjects such as history and science, as seen in this Oakland, Calif., classroom.Report urges more active state role in Common CoreJuly 9, 2014 | By John Fensterwald | 1 Comment SHARE THIS ARTICLEThe move to local control under the state’s new
Still Waiting in Lines, Nine Years Later | Crazy Crawfish's Blog
Still Waiting in Lines, Nine Years Later | Crazy Crawfish's Blog: Crazy Crawfish's BlogZesty Louisiana Education PoliticsStill Waiting in Lines, Nine Years LaterPosted on July 10, 20140crazycrawfish:One of the tragic truths behind all the hype about choice. Congrats to all tbe Reformers for extending the tragedy of Katrina out 9 years later and still going. I can’t wait till i can queue in lines a
http://www.southbronxschool.com
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Sam Pirozzolo Loves Money From UnionsMona Davids has been in the news lately due to her publicity seeking, attention seeking lawsuit to have a judge declare tenure and seniority unconstitutional.She has been dissected, but not vilified, hereand here. But she is not alone in this.Where every Kirk has his Spock, every Laurel his Hardy, ever Frick his Frack, every Lav
NYC Educator: Battle of the Titans
NYC Educator: Battle of the Titans: Battle of the TitansIn California, a bunch of rich guys got together and pushed a lawsuit designed to shoot teacher tenure right smack between the eyes. After all, if you can't get the law changed, you go wherever your wallet takes you. So in the case of Vergara they've won for the moment, and those awful teachers will have fewer job protections if appeals aren'
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: More fudging the numbers on Chicago's horrific gun violence
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: More fudging the numbers on Chicago's horrific gun violence: More fudging the numbers on Chicago's horrific gun violenceGwen Ifill interviews Chicago Tonight's Paris Shutz on the PBS News Hourabout the city's killing fields, after the horrible July 4th weekend when 82 people were shot, 14 fatally. Nobody seems to have a handle on the actual numbers from that weekend

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Geaux Teacher!: THIS is CHOICE in the New Orleans RSD Charter Takeover
Geaux Teacher!: THIS is CHOICE in the New Orleans RSD Charter Takeover: THIS is CHOICE in the New Orleans RSD Charter TakeoverToday, New Orleans parent Fiyah Like Ayanna posted the following plea for attention on Facebook. Fiyah showed up to place her child on the Recovery School District Lottery list hoping, she says, for a "B or C school."  (Why not an "A" school?)  This was
Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student Learning | Dennis Van Roekel
Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student Learning | Dennis Van Roekel: Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student LearningThe average American student and teacher now spend about 30 percent of the school year preparing for and taking standardized tests. This is time that schools could use to achieve their primary purpose of educating students. Inst
First English Framework Based On Common Core - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
First English Framework Based On Common Core - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces State Adoption of First English Framework Based on Common CoreSACRAMENTO—California teachers have new guidance in teaching English language arts under the Common Core State Standards with additional support for English learners, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom
The Big Brain of the Right on American Exceptionalism | Bill Ayers
The Big Brain of the Right on American Exceptionalism | Bill Ayers: The Big Brain of the Right on American ExceptionalismDavid Brooks, the moderate “human face” of the plutocrats and its dangerous fang faction within the Repulsican Party, trumpeted the need for “a national greatness agenda” in his New York Times column and managed to evoke a grotesquely mangled and romanticized image of the Black
NYC Public School Parents: Audit on school overcrowding released today confirms our findings that the crisis is getting worse
NYC Public School Parents: Audit on school overcrowding released today confirms our findings that the crisis is getting worse: Audit on school overcrowding released today confirms our findings that the crisis is getting worseToday's Daily News, and no that it not me screaming in facepaint.Today's audit from the City Comptroller reinforces the findings in our recent report,Space Crunch, showing tha
Nite Cap 7-9-14 #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 CAP7-9-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacherFred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Greg Hinz. Rauner and Quinn and Stroger and Madigan.- Greg Hinz If you put tog





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