Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Big Education Ape Daily

The Big Education Ape Daily
The Big Education Ape Daily

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - November 22, 2010 has been declared the National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform, promoted by AASA and ASCD. ASCD has gathered 10 articles, in advance of Monday’s Day of National Blogging...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - We know how to teach black kids – and other disadvantaged students — but we don’t do it, writes John McWhorter in The Root.Starting in 1968, a huge federal study called Project Follow Through compa...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Money for a populist ''boot camp'' is far better spent on teachers.THERE is a crisis in public education and the policies of Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Premier John Brumby are making it worse...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - With the demise of tracking, teachers are supposed to “differentiate instruction,” tailoring instruction to advanced, average and struggling students in the same class. It’s not easy, writes Mike P...

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parents4democraticschools.wordpress.com - Assistant Deputy Secretary to Keynote Connecticut Bullying Forum | U.S. Department of Education.Who : Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Departme...

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gse.harvard.edu - Programs and Services The Change Leadership Group works to build school and district leaders' capacities to ensure success for all students. We provide brief professional development programs for...

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Busy, but certainly thankful... - Sabrina's Joy

Busy, but certainly thankful... - Sabrina's Joy

Busy, but certainly thankful... - Sabrina's Joy

...and what better time to catch up with my daily gratitude blogging than the week of Thanksgiving?

Some things that have brightened my smile of late (despite some seriously unhappy events):

  • Denver. I cried the entire time my husband and I prepared to leave Philadelphia. Now, I'm totally in love with this place!!! (Sorry, Mom & Dad, but it's true...)denver greetings.jpg
  • Knitting, knitting, knitting! (In progress: Citron shawlette from Knitty, Winter '09. If you're on Ravelry, look

NYC Public School Parents: Come deliver the petitions with us, opposing the waiver for Cathie Black

NYC Public School Parents: Come deliver the petitions with us, opposing the waiver for Cathie Black

Come deliver the petitions with us, opposing the waiver for Cathie Black


We will be delivering over 12,000 petition signatures and thousands of comments to Commissioner Steiner, from parents and other concerned New Yorkers, about why he should deny a waiver to Cathie Black as NYC Schools Chancellor. Join us!

When: Monday, November 22 at 3:45 PM

Where: In front of Commissioner Steiner’s apartment at 200 E 87th St (betw. 2nd and 3rd Ave.) (Map here.)

The waiver will be considered by an advisory panel headed up by

Schools Matter: Gates, Duncan, Friedman: Connecting the Dopes

Schools Matter: Gates, Duncan, Friedman: Connecting the Dopes

Gates, Duncan, Friedman: Connecting the Dopes

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters (I would call it "Invisible Strings")
As the corporate education deform ship tacks following the grounding of the Oligarchs in DC, it is clear already that their new lay line is bound to take the Billionaire Boys Club into shallow waters once more. The new strategy is based on using the current economic Depression to leverage the continued crushing of the teaching profession by paying all-powerful school CEOs a bundle and by further cutting teacher pay, while basing the remainder on test scores. Gates has some experience with this kind of management, even before the Bankster Revolution. From 2005:
Microsoft's compensation moves have created a haves-vs.-have-nots culture. Newbies work for

Detroit: DFT picket tomorrow | Dailycensored.com

Detroit: DFT picket tomorrow | Dailycensored.com

Detroit: DFT picket tomorrow

Picture of a Detroit School


DFT members: This week we finally end the long DFT retreat, and start to move forward in the fight to defend public education.

1. The DFT is calling its members and all supporters of public education to rally and picket State Rep Fred Durhal’s office, at 4 pm this Monday, November 22. The office is located at 8140 Grand River, about one-half mile north of West Grand Blvd.

Durhal is the state rep who introduced Bobb’s legislation Wednesday.

Bobb’s bills would allow all Michigan school districts operating with financial deficits to impose addendums to their union contracts that would: (a) eliminate seniority; (b) eliminate class size maximums and all other work rules (lesson prep time, etc) that district officials say is an impediment to “financial and academic reforms”; (c) allow for the unilateral implementation of merit pay, a longer school day and school year, and new attendance policies.

As I emphasized at Thursday’s membership meeting, the bill creates a permanent Second-Class Status for majority black and poor white districts of Michigan, where we are already seeing 40 - 50 or more students in classes, and the replacement of a stable teaching corps with a revolving door of teachers modeled after the charter schools.

The DFT membership voted to picket Durhal at last week’s monthly membership meeting. We also voted to call on supporters of public

This Week In Education: Politics: Pro-Charter Dem PAC Expands To CA

This Week In Education: Politics: Pro-Charter Dem PAC Expands To CA

Politics: Pro-Charter Dem PAC Expands To CA

ScreenHunter_04 Nov. 03 14.01Whtiney Tilson says that DFER has hired CA State Senator (D-East LA and Senate education committee chair) Gloria Romero to lead the expansion of DFER to California. "Launched in 2007, DFER has active chapters in New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Colorado, with others on the way. The organization pushes to make Democratic politicians more active participants in efforts to dramatically improve public schools for students." Add the states where Stand For Children has established outpots and you've got quite a handful of states with pro-charter PACs. How they did in 2010 and how they'll fare in 2012 I have no idea. Presser attached.

Nov 01, 2010 11:00 ET

Democrats for Education Reform Taps State Senator Gloria Romero to Lead 2011 California Expansion

SACRAMENTO, CA–(Marketwire – November 1, 2010) – California State Senator Gloria Romero (D — East Los Angeles), Chair of the Senate Education Committee, has been selected to lead the expansion of Democrats for Education Reform to California, the national organization announced today.

“With a bold vision and a fearless approach, Senator Romero has been leading the way on critical education

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