Thursday, March 29, 2012

Education Radio: Teacher Performance Assessment: A Money Grab for Pearson

Education Radio: Teacher Performance Assessment: A Money Grab for Pearson:


Teacher Performance Assessment: A Money Grab for Pearson



This week on Education Radio we speak with Education Radio producer Barbara Madeloni and two students from the teacher education program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is on the faculty, Amy Lanham and Rachel Hoogstraten, about their experiences coming to understand and resist the incursion of privatizing forces on teacher education. Barbara, Amy and Rachel tell the story of the push for the development of a national teacher performance assessment (TPA) for student teachers, the infiltration of Pearson Inc into the distribution and scoring of the assessment, and the implications of these for public teacher education, teacher development, privacy and confidentiality, and how we understand what it means to teach. Their story reminds us that, as educators with a commitment to social justice, it is our responsibility to understand the neoliberal agenda, name it when we see it at work, educate each other about how it insinuates itself into our institutions and discourses, and stand together in solidarity to resist.

Amy Lanham is a doctoral student in English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Rachel Hoogstraten 

Lehman High School: An Endangered Lion « EdVox

Lehman High School: An Endangered Lion « EdVox:


Lehman High School: An Endangered Lion

A once proud school that was set up for failure


By Ubayed Muhith
I am currently an 11th grader at Herbert H. Lehman High School. From the moment I stepped foot into this school, the threat of closure has loomed over this institution, consuming everyone with apprehension as to what will happen to them the year after, and leading many to give up on their work. The school offers plenty in terms of student diversity, a wide array of courses for honors students, a plethora of programs, a strong music department (Lehman Idol, Coffeehouse), and of course and always, a dedicated teaching staff who put up with the DOE’s constant threats and bad media hype on a daily basis so that they can be with the students they love.  Obviously Lehman has been faltering in its graduation rates and Regents passing rate in the past few years, but these problems have not been spurred on by Lehman itself but rather by the same city educational department that’s supposed to help out schools rather than bully them and shutter them for good. So to avoid writing long essays such as this and bore everyone, I woke up one Sunday morning and decided to draw out my frustrations.
To start off I drew our mascot, the Lehman Lion, shackled in chains to a wall and on its legs, restraining it from roaming around. In essence the school no longer has the right to freely establish its own identity and standards without 

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Times, Do Keep Up

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Times, Do Keep Up:


Times, Do Keep Up

Over at the sleepy T editorial board, they woke up and decided (probably via Councilman Burgess), that they don't like the Creative Approach MOU.    The title of this missive?  "Seattle Public Schools' Innovation Plan Requires Tweaking, Scrutiny"  

Here's what I wrote in the comments:

"The Seattle Public Schools' pursuit of innovation is a work in progress that would benefit from wider, sharper scrutiny." 

Hello Times! Where have you been? Over at the Seattle Schools Community Forum blog, we have been discussing this over and over. Many us spoke out against it at Board meetings.

First, it isn't hard to get 80% of people to agree if you have a good plan. It's the details that count and clearly this detail got missed by the Times and Councilman Burgess who sat silently through the entire Board meeting 

Continuing Education: I shot a gun yesterday.

Continuing Education: I shot a gun yesterday.:

I shot a gun yesterday.


Last night I went with my husband and another couple to a gun range in the suburbs. The only gun I had touched before was the one my dad kept in his underwear drawer when we were growing up. (Yes, Dad, it was a horrible hiding place. I knew where the bullets were too.)


Anyway, it seemed like a fun night out. At first us ladies were pretty scared. (The guys had both shot before.) But it was just like when I scuba-dived for the first (and last) time: Once I had very specific instructions about how to proceed, I focused closely on that and my nerves fell away. It turns out that I am a very good shot. In the moment, it was definitely fun.


But I am fervently, unwaveringly anti-gun. Only the strictest gun control laws would make me happy. So while I was at 



OUSD board adjourns meeting after sit-in - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

OUSD board adjourns meeting after sit-in - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools:

OUSD board adjourns meeting after sit-in

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 at 12:40 am in School board news7 Comments »




OUSD Spokesman Troy Flint said 10 protesters were arrested, beginning at 12:35 a.m., after refusing to leave the building.
Tonight, a group of about a dozen or more activists from BAMN held a sit-in and protest in the midst of the board meeting, saying they wouldn’t leave until the board took back its October decision to close five elementary schools. (At one point Alice Spearman, who serves up at least two colorful quotes and/or insults per meeting, issued this challenge: “I want to say to these revolutionaries who want to camp out: I hope you’ve got your tent. I hope you do. Walk your talk.”)
After an hour-long recess, when the Oakland school board and the television cameras returned to the board room, activists resumed their chanting about children, gentrification and schools not being for sale. (None are for sale that I know of; some might be leased to charter schools or the Emery school district, which some 

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