Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Jersey Jazzman: Update: Happy "Where's Cerf's Charter Report?" Day!

Jersey Jazzman: Update: Happy "Where's Cerf's Charter Report?" Day!: Update: Happy "Where's Cerf's Charter Report?" Day!byDukeProfessor Bakerrightly chides me for not being clear in my message about"Where's Cerf's Charter Report?" Day.@jerseyjazzmanI beg of you. Please don't push for an analysis to be done that can't be done well with current data. You know what we'll getIt's a good point, and I need to be clear about this: another b.s. report from the NJ DOE about the wonders of charters is ... more »

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Early Afternoon Posts 3-7 #SOSchat #p2 #edreform

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Mid Day Posts 3-7 #edreform #soschatBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-14 minutes agoDirectory Scholarships, Internships, Programs for Latino Students - Hispanically Speaking NewsBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-10 minutes agoDirectory Scholarships, Internships, Programs for Latino Students - Hispanically Speaking News:Check Out: Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Programs for Latino StudentsMarch 6, 2012 | by HS News StaffPhoto Credits: CHCI Scholarships ResourceCheck Out “Directory of Scholarships, Internships ... more »

NYC Public School Parents: NYC parents boycotting the state tests ask other parents to join them

NYC Public School Parents: NYC parents boycotting the state tests ask other parents to join them:NYC parents boycotting the state tests ask other parents to join themby Leonie HaimsonAnne StoneStandardized testing has become an obsession for those in charge our our schools at DOE; as they increasingly base nearly all important decisions on the unreliable results of these exams. The new NY state teacher evaluation system will just make matters worse. To add insult to injury, this year'sstate tests will ... more »

Bang for the buck? « Fred Klonsky

Bang for the buck? « Fred Klonsky:Bang for the buck?by Fred KlonskyA year ago I was standing in front of the IEA state offices on Edwards Street in Springfield talking to IEA President Cinda Klickna.“It’s not like it was in the old days,” Klickna said. “Back then we could walk across the street to the legislative offices and tell them what we wanted. And for the most part, we got it. What’s different now is that we don’t have

Data Analysis of Value Added Teacher Model Shows No Correlation | FDL News Desk

Data Analysis of Value Added Teacher Model Shows No Correlation | FDL News Desk:Data Analysis of Value Added Teacher Ratings Shows They’re Uselessby David DayenWould you use this data to rate a teacher’s performance?The New York Times released “value-added” data for 18,000 elementary school teachers in New York City recently, joining the Los Angeles Times, which released data for LA teachers last year. But unlike in LA, the New York Times allowed the data itself to be released, allowing analysts ... more »

What Works — Whole Child Education

What Works — Whole Child Education:Making Learning Relevant for the Whole ChildASCD Whole Child Bloggers at Whole Child Education » The Whole Child Blog - 16 minutes ago21st century skills development can offer new platforms for students to explore through project-based learning, to integrate the use of real world information, and apply newly acquired knowledge and skills to address the most pressing problems of our time; the very challenges our young people are already engaged in and will need to ... more »

Firing of D.C. teacher reveals flaws in value-added evaluation - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Firing of D.C. teacher reveals flaws in value-added evaluation - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:Firing of D.C. teacher reveals flaws in value-added evaluationby Valerie StraussThe firing of a D.C. teacher called “creative,” “visionary” and “motivating” is the latest example of the many things wrong with value-added methods to evaluate teachers, the newest trend in school reform that is sweeping states with a push from the Obama administration.Read full article

Shanker Blog » The ‘Snob’ Debate: Making High School Matter For Non-College-Bound Students

Shanker Blog » The ‘Snob’ Debate: Making High School Matter For Non-College-Bound Students:The ‘Snob’ Debate: Making High School Matter For Non-College-Bound Studentsby James R. StoneOur guest author today is James R. Stone, professor and director of the National Research Center for Career Technical Education at the University of Louisville.The current debate about “college for all” centers on a recent speech made by President Obama in Troy, MI, in which he argued that all young people should get at least some ... more »

PURE » Theater of the Oppressed: Play about Chicago parent advocates

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Theater of the Oppressed: Play about Chicago parent advocates:Theater of the Oppressed: Play about Chicago parent advocatesby adminInvitation from our friend, Tania Giordani:Event: Theatre of the Oppressed on Thursday March 8th at Francis W.Parker School, 330 W. Webster Ave., Chicago. The play,” The End Game at Jansen School” is based on the lives of parent advocates in Chicago. Discussion will follow.Please share this with others who may be interested.As you may ...more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Inner City School Failures - Is It A Case Of Too Many Carrots?

Missouri Education Watchdog: Inner City School Failures - Is It A Case Of Too Many Carrots?:Inner City School Failures - Is It A Case Of Too Many Carrots?by AnngieST LOUIS - The Turner v. Clayton and King-Willmann v. Webster Groves cases continue to wind their way through the court system. It is expected that the Turner case will wind up today in St Louis County Courts. The question the court is addressing is whether or not surrounding districts must allow ... more »

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Mid Day Posts 3-7 #edreform #soschat

Directory Scholarships, Internships, Programs for Latino Students - Hispanically Speaking NewsBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-10 minutes agoDirectory Scholarships, Internships, Programs for Latino Students - Hispanically Speaking News:Check Out: Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Programs for Latino StudentsMarch 6, 2012 | by HS News StaffPhoto Credits: CHCI Scholarships ResourceCheck Out “Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Programs for Latino Students”. This directory was prepared by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute with the support of State ... more »

Are College Students a Privileged Elite? « Student Activism

Are College Students a Privileged Elite? « Student Activism:Are College Students a Privileged Elite?by Angus JohnstonA little while ago I linked to a piece by Malcolm Harris on what he calls the “generational war” being waged against American youth. Harris’s argument has been criticized from the left by a blogger named Freddie DeBoer who writes that he’s “using the language of revolution to justify what is, at its essence, a dispute among the ruling class,” making “a case that is ...more »

AERA Erasing Line Between Scholarship and Partisanship :: Frederick M. Hess

AERA Erasing Line Between Scholarship and Partisanship :: Frederick M. Hess:AERA Erasing Line Between Scholarship and Partisanshipby Frederick M. Hess • Mar 7, 2012 at 10:03 amCross-posted from Education Week Print Send RSS ShareThe American Educational Research Association (of which I am a member) modestly labels itself "the nation's leading scientific and scholarly association...devoted to advancing knowledge about education." Readers may assume that AERA does its best to avoid gratuitous partisan political fights.Ha!! Hah-hah! Silly readers. Indeed, it often seems ... more »

Teachers, Parents, and the Economy….Important Results from the Metlife Survey of the American Teacher | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

Teachers, Parents, and the Economy….Important Results from the Metlife Survey of the American Teacher | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights:Teachers, Parents, and the Economy….Important Results from the Metlife Survey of the American Teacherby Cheryl S. WilliamsIn this year’s Metlife Survey of the American Teacher there’s good news and there’s bad news.In the good news column, parent engagement has increased in the past 25 years, though it still remains a challenge for many schools. The bad news exposed ...more »

Modern School: Teen Harassed by School for Comparing Schools to Slavery

Modern School: Teen Harassed by School for Comparing Schools to Slavery:Teen Harassed by School for Comparing Schools to Slaveryby Michael DunnIn a scathing indictment of public education, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that today's education system, like slavery, keeps children of color from meaningful learning. According to Good Education, Williams essayreferred to a quote by Frederick Douglass, who said that his slave master, Mr. Auld, told his wife, "If you ... more »

PPB: Value-added, value subtracted. Children are not strawberries.

PPB: Value-added, value subtracted. Children are not strawberries.:Value-added, value subtracted. Children are not strawberries.by Anne GeigerPart 1--Before I finish another post I'm struggling with, I wanted to share this article by Bill Turque of the Washington Post- 'Creative and motivating".....and fired! It's a personal story of a teacher, Sarah Wysocki, who had been positively reviewed by her principal but later fired under D.C.'s new teacher evaluation system.Wysocki, 31, was let go because the reading and math scores of her students ... more »

Is Occupy Wall Street a Youth Movement? « Student Activism

Is Occupy Wall Street a Youth Movement? « Student Activism:Is Occupy Wall Street a Youth Movement?by Angus JohnstonOver at The New Inquiry, Malcolm Harris is taking a look at the dismal circumstances today’s young people find themselves in. Youth unemployment is at record levels. Youth arrest rates are skyrocketing even as youth crime plummets. College tuition is going through the roof, as is youth debt, and household incomes of youth-headed families are lagging far behind those of other age cohorts.It’s ... more »

Teachers living in the 39th IL State Rep district: Vote Will Guzzardi. « Fred Klonsky

Teachers living in the 39th IL State Rep district: Vote Will Guzzardi. « Fred Klonsky:Teachers living in the 39th IL State Rep district: Vote Will Guzzardi.by Fred KlonskyThe 39th State Representative district stretches from Logan Square up through the north west side of Chicago.It is the home of many Chicago and suburban teachers.Over the past two weeks my little green mailbox has been filled with expensive four color negative ads for Machine Boss Joe Berrios’ daughter, Toni Berrios.“Guzzardi in the ... more »

Hechinger Report | Magnet-school resurgence? A Q&A with Richard Kahlenberg

Hechinger Report | Magnet-school resurgence? A QA with Richard Kahlenberg:Magnet-school resurgence? A QA with Richard Kahlenbergby Sarah CarrRichard KahlenbergCharter schools have become the fastest growing and most politically popular school-choice option over the last two decades. But a group of researchers hope to draw political attention back to what they have described as “the forgotten choice”: magnet schools.A report last month by UCLA’s Civil Rights Project highlights various strengths of magnet schools, particularly when it comes to their historic purpose ... more »

Directory Scholarships, Internships, Programs for Latino Students - Hispanically Speaking News

Directory Scholarships, Internships, Programs for Latino Students - Hispanically Speaking News:Check Out: Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Programs for Latino StudentsMarch 6, 2012 | by HS News StaffPhoto Credits: CHCI Scholarships ResourceCheck Out “Directory of Scholarships, Internships and Programs for Latino Students”. This directory was prepared by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute with the support of State Farm. There is a lot of useful information and resources for Latino students here.Click here to access.

DCPS budget: RHEEFORM IMPACT’s impact - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post

DCPS budget: IMPACT’s impact - D.C. Schools Insider - The Washington Post:DCPS budget: IMPACT’s impactby Bill TurqueThere’s plenty for DCPS stakeholders to dislike in the newly released school-based budget allocations proposed for 2012-13. While they reflect a two-percent increase in the Uniform Per Student Funding Formula, they will still mean larger class sizes--as in, fewer teachers--at the middle and high school levels, along with cuts in positions such as special education coordinator.Read full article

Estimados padres de las escuelas públicas de NYC….. | United Opt Out National

Estimados padres de las escuelas públicas de NYC….. | United Opt Out National:Estimados padres de las escuelas públicas de NYC…..by adminEstimados padres de las escuelas públicas de NYC:Somos los padres de dos niños que asisten a dos escuelas elementales en Manhattan. Hasta el presente, hemos estado muy satisfechos con la educación que nuestros hijos han recibido en las escuelas públicas de NY. Sus directores y maestros, sin excepción, han demostrado ser profesionales inteligentes con un conocimiento amplio sobre la formación ... more »

School Tech Connect: Arne Duncan's Genie, Part 2

School Tech Connect: Arne Duncan's Genie, Part 2:Arne Duncan's Genie, Part 2by noreply@blogger.com (Tim)I'm sure this all sounds very appealing to people who don't understand test scores.Check out the article title:

Focusing On Neighborhood Assets — One Of My Favorite Lessons! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Focusing On Neighborhood Assets — One Of My Favorite Lessons! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…:Focusing On Neighborhood Assets — One Of My Favorite Lessons!by Larry FerlazzoWe’re in the middle of one of my favorite units — where we focus on our neighborhood’s assets instead of its deficits.I explain it more in detail at A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits, and have a complete lesson plan, including hand-outs, in my book on Helping Students Motivate Themselves. In ... more »

California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - School Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)

California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program - School Nutrition (CA Dept of Education):California Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, administered by the California Dept of Education, provides schools with funding to offer students a free fresh fruit or vegetable snack during the school day.Program DescriptionThe United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) administers the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) at the federal level. At the state level, the FFVP is administered by the California Department ... more »

Federal Suspension and Expulsion Report - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

Federal Suspension and Expulsion Report - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education):State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Responds to FederalReport on Student Suspension and Expulsion RatesSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today applauded efforts by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights (OCR) to shed light on the problem of excessive use of suspension and expulsion of students as a disciplinary tool in the nation's schools."Collecting this data helps us start crucial conversations at the local school level ... more »

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Early Evening Posts 3-6 #SOSchat #p2 #edreform

Motion to Cancel Teach for America, Inc. Contract in Seattle | Seattle EducationBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-1 hour agoMotion to Cancel Teach for America, Inc. Contract in Seattle | Seattle Education:Motion to Cancel Teach for America, Inc. in Seattleby seattleducation2011On February 16th, there was a motion to cancel the Teach for America, Inc. contract by one of the school board members in the Board Curriculum and Instruction Committee meeting. Five board members were in attendance. A majority of ...more »

Career Technical Education (CTE)Assembly Bill 1330 - Letters (CA Dept of Education)

Implementation of Assembly Bill 1330 - Letters (CA Dept of Education):Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and High School Principals:IMPLEMENTATION OF ASSEMBLY BILL 1330The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance on the implementation of Assembly Bill 1330 (Chapter 621, Statutes of 2011) in districts and schools offering instruction in any of grades nine through twelve, inclusive.Existing state law requires all graduating high school students to complete one course in visual or performing arts or foreign language. ... more »

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