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Commentary: New paradigm needed for teacher training | EdNewsColorado

Commentary: New paradigm needed for teacher training | EdNewsColorado:

Commentary: New paradigm needed for teacher training

Mark Sass, a teacher since 1994, teaches at Legacy High School in the Adams Five Star School District. He is a member of the Denver New Millennium Initiative.

Many years ago, as I navigated my way through different careers before settling on education, I was a truck mechanic for Ford. I started right out of high school prepping new cars and then worked my way into the apprentice mechanic program. I wanted to work on big trucks. The career path – from apprenticeship to journeyman mechanic – was charted and guided by the union.

According to union procedures, you had to apprentice under the watchful eye of a master mechanic. The length

Oregon seeks OK to judge schools on overall performance, not success with small groups that typically struggle | OregonLive.com

Oregon seeks OK to judge schools on overall performance, not success with small groups that typically struggle | OregonLive.com:

Oregon seeks OK to judge schools on overall performance, not success with small groups that typically struggle

Published: Sunday, January 08, 2012, 3:00 PM Updated: Sunday, January 08, 2012, 5:14 PM

Oregon schools that serve a concentration of low-income students will face a distinctly different accountability system this fall if the U.S. Department of Educationapproves the state's plan.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind law, Oregon schools that receive federal funds to help disadvantaged students have been judged since 2003 mainly by whether they got enough low-income, special education, minority or limited-English students to pass state reading and math tests.

Schools that didn't -- more than 80 in 2011 -- faced a series of escalating consequences, such as having to offer students a transfer to another school or free private tutoring.

Now Oregon, like many other states, proposes to scrap that system for one that measures success




NYC Public School Parents: Would I Send My Child To This School? by Bari L. Katz

NYC Public School Parents: Would I Send My Child To This School? by Bari L. Katz:

Would I Send My Child To This School? by Bari L. Katz

This article was written by a member of the team that founded the Achievement First charter high school in NYC, cross-posted with minor changes from the WE-CAN website, an organization opposed to the opening of a new Achievement First school in Providence RI. See also the recent articles in the Providence Journal, Is this charter better? and A closer look ; as well as videos of former AF middle school parents on our blog.

“Would I send my child to this school?” This is a question I asked myself every day while working at Achievement First and helping to build their first high school in Brooklyn from 2009-2010. I served as the Director of Student Life at Achievement First Crown Heights High School (now called AF Brooklyn High School), which entailed developing and managing all after-school and summer enrichment programs, building the advisory system for both college skills and character development, counseling students, and organizing and leading

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Chicago is Ground Zero for Attacks on Public Education

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