Friday, September 17, 2010

Remainders: Role-reversing parents to city: Shut our school | GothamSchools

Remainders: Role-reversing parents to city: Shut our school | GothamSchools

Analysis of Why Michelle Rhee Can’t Stand the Heat � Larry Miller's Blog

Analysis of Why Michelle Rhee Can’t Stand the Heat � Larry Miller's Blog

Citigroup Sheds Its Student Loan Business : NPR

Citigroup Sheds Its Student Loan Business : NPR

This Week In Education: Twitter Friday: Blogs And Commentary

This Week In Education: Twitter Friday: Blogs And Commentary

Twitter Friday: Blogs And Commentary

Links, news, commentary all in one place - because it's Friday and you're going to have to get used to this real time / social media thing sooner or later:Deniro meets popeye by dan schultz

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    N.J. Senate Democrats plan to subpoena Race to the Top officials | NJ.com

    N.J. Senate Democrats plan to subpoena Race to the Top officials | NJ.com

    N.J. Senate Democrats plan to subpoena Race to the Top officials

    Published: Friday, September 17, 2010, 4:13 PM Updated: Friday, September 17, 2010, 4:13 PM
    schundler-race-to-the-top.jpgGov. Chris Christie, left, and Education Commissioner Bret Schundler speak at the E. Raymond Appleby Elementary School in Spotswood in this file photo.

    TRENTON — Senate Democrats plan to invoke subpoena power to force top members of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration to testify on the state’s bungled “Race to the Top” application.

    Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D- Middlesex) said she will introduce a resolution Monday that would grant the Senate Legislative Oversight Committee that power, which has only been invoked only five times in the last 20 years. The committee will also subpoena documents the administration did not provide in response to an Open Public Records Act request, Buono said.

    “This is an absolutely necessary step that we need to take in order to do our job,” said Buono, who added that Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), who will have to post the resolution for a vote, supports the move. “And it should come as no surprise given the administration’s disturbing pattern of rejecting requests for information.”

    Buono said she has not heard back from two top Christie administration officials

    School Tech Connect: Update On My So-Called Summit

    School Tech Connect: Update On My So-Called Summit

    Update On My So-Called Summit

    I should pay more attention. I'm seeing some email traffic from the steering committee members of Teachers' Letters To Obama indicating that this NBC Summit thingy is more of a teachers-may-listen-but-not-participate.

    Typical. Clearly the only people who know anything about education are people not involved with it day to day.

    Eduwonk � Blog Archive � Teacher Town Hall! And…

    Eduwonk � Blog Archive � Teacher Town Hall! And…

    Teacher Town Hall! And…

    NBC’s Education Week is fast upon us. They want to kick it off with a virtual town hall for teachers but you need to register. By the way, I’m not getting paid to post that but now that I read this story, I think I should be!

    Secretary Duncan Celebrates Constitution Day with the HistoryMakers – ED.gov Blog

    Secretary Duncan Celebrates Constitution Day with the HistoryMakers – ED.gov Blog

    Secretary Duncan Celebrates Constitution Day with the HistoryMakers

    To celebrate Constitution Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined civil rights leaders and educators at the Dorothy I. Height Community Public Charter School in Washington.

    To celebrate Constitution Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined civil rights leaders and educators at the Dorothy I. Height Community Public Charter School in Washington.

    To celebrate Constitution Day, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan joined civil rights leaders and educators at the Dorothy I. Height Community Public Charter School in Washington. The speakers encouraged students to honor the freedoms provided by the Constitution by working hard to shape their own destiny.

    Julieanna Richardson, the founder of HistoryMakers, kicked off the program, explaining that her motivation to study history came when she was embarrassed as a child in school. When everyone in her class was asked to describe their ancestors, Richardson had nothing to say. “Others talked about their rich European heritage,” she explained, but the only African Americans she had learned about were George Washington Carver and slaves. The experience later motivated Richardson to begin the HistoryMakers project, which is a 7,000-hour video archive of testimony from well-known and unsung African American heroes.

    Both Secretary Duncan and featured speaker Rev. Al Sharpton said that as children they were inspired by great African American leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Dorothy I. Height, for whom the school is named.

    Roger Wilkins, who worked with Dr. King and other civil rights leaders in the 1950s and 1960s, described growing up in a segregated Kansas City in the 1930s and attending a segregated school with a roof so leaky that rain dripped into his classroom.

    The speakers urged students to not let their circumstances or backgrounds determine their future. “If you work hard and get a good education, there is nothing you can’t achieve,” Duncan said. Sharpton echoed Duncan, reminding students not to take short cuts along the way. “Talent is good,” he said, “but undisciplined talent is a disaster.”

    In a question-and-answer session, Secretary Duncan described the importance of remembering the Constitution and using it to make decisions for today. “The signing of the Constitution was a seminal moment in our country’s history,” he said. “We learn about what to do now by studying history.”

    Principal Kent Amos, who left a successful career at Xerox to start the Dorothy I. Height Charter School, introduced a class of students who would be leaving later in the day to continue their study of the Constitution at a local history museum.
    Learn more about Constitution Day.


    Click here for an accessible version of the video.

    Laurie Calvert
    Washington Teacher Ambassador Fellow

    DREAM Act could be voted on next week | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

    DREAM Act could be voted on next week | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

    DREAM Act could be voted on next week

    Organizers in support of the DREAM Act are calling senators to help get the 60 votes needed to pass the much-anticipated federal bill. After reaching the 10,000 phone-call mark on Thursday, activists now hope to make 5,000 more before the vote.

    Just this week

    Worst. Questions. Ever. � The Quick and the Ed

    Worst. Questions. Ever. � The Quick and the Ed

    Measuring Teacher Effectiveness - California Teachers Association

    Measuring Teacher Effectiveness - California Teachers Association

    Where We Stand


    CTA President David A. Sanchez's response to the controversial Los Angeles Times article, Grading the Teacher: Who's Teaching LA's Kids?:

    "Publishing the database assembled by the LA Times as an accurate measure of teacher effectiveness or even as a 'value-added' assessment model is irresponsible and disrespectful to the hard-working teachers of Los Angeles. This LA Times model oversimplifies what defines an effective teacher and is based solely on one set of student test scores -- tests, I might add, that were never designed to measure teacher effectiveness or even student growth. The California Standards Tests are designed to measure grade-level standards, not student growth from the beginning of the school year to the end of the year. So trying to use that single test to create a value-added model in Los Angeles is impossible. In addition, all education research has concluded that using value-added models as a primary measure for evaluating teachers is not appropriate as the measures are too unstable and too vulnerable. It is impossible to fully separate out the influences of students' other teachers as well as school conditions, classroom assignments, and student attendance. Parents know their child is more than a test score, and so are teachers.”

    What are your thoughts? How do you feel about the article and what it is proposing? Your stories are needed to help educate the public - what is it really like in the classroom? How do your students react to standardized testing?

    In the News

    Politics, not evidence, drive education reform | SFGate.com

    Method to grade teachers provokes battles | New York Times

    One number can't illustrate teacher effectiveness | Los Angeles Times

    Big questions about the LA Times teachers project | Washington Post

    There's teaching, and there's learning | Los Angeles Times

    Judging teacher performance is difficult, experts say | California Watch

    Research

    EPI Briefing Paper | Economic Policy Institute
    Recently released research co-authored by scholars convened by the Economic Policy Institute focuses on problems with the use of student test scores to evaluate teachers.

    Teacher Effectiveness | CTA
    For any high stakes purpose associated with personnel decision making or compensation, multiple measures should be used, as all measures give a partial picture of teacher performance and are subject to error.

    Using Student Test Scores | CTA
    Research includes many cautions about the problems of basing teacher evaluations substantially on student test scores.

    Letter Report to the U.S. Department of Education on the Race to the Top Fund | National Academies
    Value-added methods to assess teachers not ready for use in high-stakes decisions.

    'Value Added' Gauge of Teaching Probed | Education Week [multiple sources]
    Studies suggests that “value added” methods for determining the effectiveness of classroom teachers are built on some shaky assumptions and may be misleading.

    Blogs

    Media Advisories | U.S. Department of Education

    Media Advisories | U.S. Department of Education

    Media Advisories
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    White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders to Swear in President's Advisory Commission Members Tuesday

    Washington — More than a dozen new members of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders will be sworn in at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday.

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

    Assistant Secretary Ochoa To Participate in Panel on New Report on Immigrant Workers

    U.S. Assistant Secretary Eduardo Ochoa will participate in a panel discussion on the Migration Policy Institute’s new report: “Still an Hourglass: Immigrant Workers in Middle Skills Jobs,” at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, in Washington, D.C.

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

    U.S. Education Department Convenes Summit to Explore Transition to Sustainable, Green Economy

    The U.S. Department of Education will host the "Sustainability Education Summit: Citizenship and Pathways for a Green Economy" Monday and Tuesday in Washington, D.C. More than 300 experts will come together to begin developing an action plan for a broad national approach to economic sustainability, centering on higher education and the education system in general.

    SEPTEMBER 18, 2010

    Assistant Secretary Ochoa to Address Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Annual Conference in San Diego

    Eduardo Ochoa, U.S. assistant secretary of postsecondary education, will deliver a keynote address at the 24th annual conference of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, in San Diego, Calif.

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

    Rehabilitation Services Commissioner to Participate in Panel Discussions on Disability Employment

    Lynnae Ruttledge, commissioner of the U.S. Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration, will participate in panel discussions examining disability employment issues as part of the 2010 U.S. Business Leadership Network Annual Conference and Expo Monday in Chicago.

    SEPTEMBER 20, 2010

    Department of Education Opens Exhibit of Art Works from Maryland High School Students

    The U.S. Department of Education will host the opening of Maryland High School Artists: A Juried Exhibition, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Department’s Auditorium on Monday, Sept. 20 at 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, D.C.

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