Thursday, September 20, 2012

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TSJ's Stephanie Hicks on the CTU Strike: Interview by Kevin Powell

TSJ's own Stephanie Hicks was interviewed on writer and public speaker Kevin Powell's blog regarding the CTU strike. Here is an excerpt:
How do you respond to those who say teachers are asking for too much?
To those who say that teachers are asking for too much, I’d say that the conditions under which teachers teach, and students learn, make a world of difference in the educational process. If teachers aren’t compensated fairly, if they don’t have adequate affordable healthcare, and time to attend to their families, or the resources they need in the classroom to teach effectively, their students are going to suffer. Just as students should be able to go to school in healthy, safe, supportive environments, teachers should be able to work in them.
How do you respond to those who say teachers’ strike is affecting the children?
I’d say that the strike is affecting them in the best way possible: they’re learning the most 


New poll: California tax measures are touch-and-go

San Gabriel Valley Tribune -
A labor-backed advertising blitz in recent weeks appears to be turning voters against Proposition 32, the ballot measure that would bar unions, corporations and government contractors from using payroll deductions for political purposes, according to a new poll.
The Public Policy Institute of California survey, conducted Sept. 9 through 16, also found that slightly more than half of California's likely voters support Gov. Jerry Brown's ballot measure to raise income taxes on the rich and sales taxes for all, while fewer support a competing measure that would raise income taxes across the board. But with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day, those numbers mean it's touch-and-go, even for the governor's Proposition 30.
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Skeptical unions pose challenge to districts' Race to the Top

EdSource -
Nearly 900 districts nationwide, including 76 districts and charter schools in California, have told the federal government that they plan to compete for the final $400 million Race to the Top district competition. But with local unions having in effect a veto over their districts’ application, that number could dwindle.
It’s already starting. The executive board of Sacramento City Teachers Association voted last week to decline to participate, putting the kibosh on the district’s hope to join with Oakland Unified, San Francisco Unified, and two other districts on a plan to improve middle school math. The U.S. Department of Education is requiring that an application include the signature of the local union president as a sign that all parties will meet their commitments.
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Eli Broad’s inverted vision

By Felix Salmon

SEPTEMBER 20, 2012
Many years ago, Eli Broad was the very model of the modern enlightened art collector. InDecember 1988, he opened a 22,600-square-foot “lending library for art”, complete with soaring rhetoric:
Broad believes that the new facility is part of the solution to museums’ financial woes and a pointed example of how a collector can demonstrate social responsibility…
In the first place, he said, this center is not a museum. It’s a lending library. “We never wanted to have a building with our name on it that would compete with museums,” he said. “We loan works to museums and make them available to scholars.”
Broad explained that his foundation had already loaned art to more than 100 different museums, and that at any given point in time a good third of his collection was on loan somewhere. You don’t need to have your own museum for the public to see your art; in fact, if you do it the other way, by lending out your art to other museums, everybody wins. More of your collection can be shown at once; more of the global public can see your collection; and you get to support hundreds of great cultural institutions, rather than just your own.
The point here is that although museums lend out works too, it’s rarely a priority for them, and they never consider themselves a failure if they don’t lend out works. A foundation devoted to lending 


What Romney Said That The Media Is Not Talking About

Barbara Miner
By Barbara MinerSept. 20, 2012 ( Barbara Miner’s blog is part of our Purple Wisconsin project. Miner is an award-winning journalist and photographer.)
The rush of commentaries on Mitt Romney’s 47% speech have emphasized his dismissal of just about everyone who isn’t rich, and his fantasy that if he were Latino he’d “have a better shot” at winning the election.
Strikingly absent from mainstream commentaries is Romney’s attitude toward the African American vote.
In an aside during remarks about Hispanics, Romney said: “If the Hispanic voting bloc becomes as committed to 


What's With That: Women's work, standardized tests, & a supersized ban

What’s with the news: Last week, “Good Morning America” picked up a piece on Treds Tire and Wheel, an all-female tire shop located in San Antonio, Texas.

The shop is run by Margaret Rodriguez and her 19-year-old daughter Andrea. It was Andrea’s idea to make the shop all-female, a business strategy resulting from the fact that several tire businesses had already failed at the same location.

Despite the occasional naysayer, the shop now employs six workers and one intern, and business is thriving. Given their work ethic, mix of male and female patrons, and a lack of low-cut tops, I think it’s safe to assume their success is about something more than their boobs.

What’s with us: Kelly Rivas is the president of Fem Dems of the Sacramento Region, an organization that 


“Writing Rules! Advice From The Times on Writing Well”

Writing Rules! Advice From The Times on Writing Well is from The New York Times Learning Network.
It’s a great list!
It isn’t an exact fit with The Best Writing Advice From Famous Authors, but it’s close enough that I’m adding it there.



I Can Think Of So Many People Who Should See “Nice White Lady” Parody

I am SO tired of seeing movies about white teachers “rescuing” inner-city youth, and have posted links to some excellent commentaries on the topic at The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies.
Thanks to Roxanna Elden, who has got to be one of, if not THE, most insightful teacher writer around, I’ve learned about this “Nice White Lady” parody on the genre:
“@smithdl: Teachers: “Nice White Lady” spoof from MAD TV: ://t.co/EGHEqgdc #wjeajday2012” funniest take on teacher hero movies – ever.
— Roxanna Elden (@RoxannaElden) September 20, 2012

Embedding is disabled, so I can’t post it here, but you can check out the short clip on YouTube.



Part of NEW CALIFORNIA TEACHER EVALUATION 




Voices: Social justice in teacher evals crosses line | EdNewsColorado

Voices: Social justice in teacher evals crosses line | EdNewsColorado:


Voices: Social justice in teacher evals crosses line

John Peterson, an economics and U.S. history teacher at Denver’s East High School, says “social justice” is too subjective to be used as part of a teacher’s evaluation.
Many public school parents would be upset to see their child’s liberal teacher rewarding students for participating in an Occupy Denver encampment. Others would be incensed to see a conservative teacher push student involvement in a Tea Party rally.
Denver Public Schools students at a recent rallyDenver Public Schools students participate in a rally in this 2011 EdNews photo.
Neither type of activism would be appropriate. Yet Denver Public Schools has added vague and political language 

School Tech Connect: Democracy Lurches Forward in Chicago

School Tech Connect: Democracy Lurches Forward in Chicago:


Democracy Lurches Forward in Chicago

The indefatigable Wendy Katten from Illinois Raise Your Hand is reporting via email that the ballot advisory referendum concerning the elected, representative school board will be on the ballots in 194 precincts, which is almost all of the precincts covered by the CODE coalition.

There are something like 2,000 precincts in the city, last time I checked, so we have our work cut out, but this is a terrific result for the first time around. These things are achieved with  coalitions, momentum, and determination, and these things are coming together in Chicago.

If you're one of the lucky people who gets to chime in on the question in November, please remember to thank the many petition-gatherers from the CODE groups. The odds are that your precinct was handled by one or two people, walking around at dinner time with a clipboard.

If you don't get to vote on whether or not Chicago should have an elected, representative school board, well, then 

NYC Public School Parents: Don't be fooled by "Won't Back Down"!

NYC Public School Parents: Don't be fooled by "Won't Back Down"!:


Don't be fooled by "Won't Back Down"!


Credit: Center for Media and Democracy

Over the next few weeks, we will be running pieces describing real-life “Won’t Back Down” stories from parents and teachers.  If you’d like to share yours, please email us atinfo@classsizematters.org
Last night I attended a screening of the controversial new film, “Won’t Back Down” about a parent and a teacher who take over their “failing” public school.  I have written a FAQ about the movie which is posted here.  The film was produced by Walden Media, owned by right-wing billionaire Phillip Anschutz, who also co-produced “Waiting for ‘Superman.’” 
Advance screenings have been held around the country, organized by Michelle Rhee’s Students First and other pro-charter lobbying organizations, to promote the “Parent Trigger,” 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 9-20-12 #CTUSTRIKE #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP



In the News: Karen Lewis' moment in the spotlight | catalyst-chicago.org

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 45 minutes ago
In the News: Karen Lewis' moment in the spotlight | catalyst-chicago.org: In the News: Karen Lewis' moment in the spotlight - Share on windycitizenShare on facebookShare on email *By: *Cassandra West / September 20, 2012 *Tags: *Karen Lewis CTU President Karen Lewis has emerged "as a union rock star," the Sun-Times says in introducing an exclusive interview with her. Lewis also joined Amy Goodman on "Democracy Now" to talk about the strike, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and what the strike meant for education reform across the country. "We’ve been micromanaged into doing th... more »

Hey Washington State, Do you really want your very own CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: *Hey Washington State, Do you really want your very own CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS* [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] Velocity International Science and Technology Academy The Perimeter Primate at CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS - 1 hour ago *“Stockton charter closing after just 10 days.”* The Record (CA), 9/20/2012 STOCKTON - With enrollment less than one-third of what was expected, a charter high school that opened only last week in temporary space at Sherwood Mall will shut its doors for the final time Friday after a 10-day run. The imminent closing of troubl... more »

National campaign connects students on issue of school closings | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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National campaign connects students on issue of school closings | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: National campaign connects students on issue of school closingsby thenotebook on Sep 20 2012 Posted in Latest news Photo: Ron Whitehorne Members of Philadelphia Student Union, Youth United for Change, and Action United rally with other youth advocates from across the country outside District headquarters, 440 N. Broad St. - COMMENTS (0)PRINT - EMAIL[image: ""] Tags: - activism - student activism - school closing - transformation blueprint *By Charlott... more »

Pioneer Institute Study Suggests Remedies for Common Core’s Literature Deficit | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Pioneer Institute Study Suggests Remedies for Common Core’s Literature Deficit | Truth in American Education: Pioneer Institute Study Suggests Remedies for Common Core’s Literature Deficit by truthed [image: 240px-Old_book_bindings]BOSTON, MA – State and local education policy makers in the 46 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards should emphasize the literary-historical content that already exists in the standards and add an additional literature-based standard to address Common Core’s lack of literary content, according to a new study published by Pioneer Inst... more »

Five Truths | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Five Truths | Taking Note: Five Truths by John Merrow On Tuesday I received the highest honor of my professional life, the McGraw Prize in Education. The list of those who have been honored includes men and women I have reported on and admire: Ted Sizer, Jim Comer, Governor Richard Riley, Governor Jim Hunt and many more. The black tie gala was held at the New York Public Library, and 14 members of my immediate family were on hand to help celebrate. There was a short video profile to open: After the video, I spoke briefly. My topic was “Five Things I Know to be True about Educati... more »

Mother Crusader: How The Charter System In Florida Is "Working"

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Mother Crusader: How The Charter System In Florida Is "Working": How The Charter System In Florida Is "Working" by darciecima There is an absolutely staggering piece in the Miami Herald today about the closure of three charter schools. Two of the charters, Eagle and SMART, were run by the same management organization, and the third, Touchdowns4life, was founded by former Miami Dolphins running back Terry Kirby. During an on-campus visit to Eagle Charter, school staff could not immediately provide an administrator to comment for this story. A call to the cell phone of Edward Mil... more »

Joravsky explains it to Proco, the Hipster Alderman. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Joravsky explains it to Proco, the Hipster Alderman. « Fred Klonsky: Joravsky explains it to Proco, the Hipster Alderman. by Fred Klonsky Ben Joravsky in the Chicago Reader: Back in the fun-filled early days of the teachers’ strike—before Mayor Emanuel brought in his lawyers and everyone decided to go back to school—it was still possible to get a laugh or two out of the comments of some of our local politicians. Like First Ward alderman Joe Moreno, who on September 10 went on Fox News to discuss public education—god help us all.After attempting to out-Fox the anchor, who was bellow... more »

Paul Vallas: Maybe you should get the New Orleans people to stop calling it “The Vallas Turnaround System” - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Paul Vallas: Maybe you should get the New Orleans people to stop calling it “The Vallas Turnaround System” - Wait, What?: Paul Vallas: Maybe you should get the New Orleans people to stop calling it “The Vallas Turnaround System” by jonpelto *The URL for Vallas’ new corporate website is ** http://www.vallasturnaround.com/.* ***The headline on the website reads, “The V**allas Turnaround System.”* ***They’ve** probably even copy-written the term.* *And certainly the PR people at Vallas’ partner company, the Cambium Learning Group, must be getting increasingly concerned.* Why? Because t... more »

Dealing With Students Who Bully: Part II — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Dealing With Students Who Bully: Part II — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Bob Sullo]Dealing With Students Who Bully: Part II September 20, 2012 by Bob Sullo Once I've reminded myself of my role and goal, I'm ready to deal with Jon, the student introduced in my last post, "Dealing With Students Who Bully: Part I (The Essential First Step)." The next few sentences are a challenge. I'd like to write something that my audience will like. And I know what many of you want: *a recipe for dealing with kids who bully*. The "right" thing to say. Some of you may be wonderi... more »

Guess what? Parents see through the hype Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Guess what? Parents see through the hype: Guess what? Parents see through the hype by admin With all of the millions being spent on charter school, anti-teacher and parent trigger propaganda these days, it’s a wonder we poor parents can keep our heads on straight! But we seem to be doing it. Check out this quote from the Sun-Times this morning: Blanca Hernandez, whose son Octavio is a fourth-grader at Greeley Elementary in Lake View, said she wanted him back in school but felt the teachers needed to take a stand against what... more »

Voices from the Chicago Teachers Strike | Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Voices from the Chicago Teachers Strike | Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility: VOICES FROM THE CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE Submitted by Jinnie Spiegler on Thu, 09/13/2012 - 11:10 Area: Current Issues Grade Level: High School Topic: Economy Education Tags: labor Description: Students learn about what unions and strikes are, then read and discuss different perspectives on the 7-day strike by Chicago Teachers Union strike, which ended on September 19, 2012. *LEARNING OBJECTIVES:* - Students will learn what it means to strike - Students will learn wha... more »

Charter schools would reduce funding for education | Northwest News | The Bellingham Herald

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Charter schools would reduce funding for education | Northwest News | The Bellingham Herald: Charter schools would reduce funding for education Published: September 20, 2012 Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/09/20/2697761/charter-schools-would-reduce-funding.html#storylink=cpy [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] This November, voters will be asked to decide about Initiative 1240, which if approved would allow the creation of charter schools. Public schools in Washington are already faced with the challenge of improving student performance at a time of de... more »

Daily Kos: IA-04 - a brief update from on the ground

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Daily Kos: IA-04 - a brief update from on the ground: IA-04 - a brief update from on the ground by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Hello all. After driving more than 1,000 miles from Arlington VA I arrived in Ames yesterday to volunteer forChristie Vilsack in her campaign against Congressman Steve King in Iowa's 4th Congressional district. There is a lot going on in and around Ames and elsewhere in the district, to which I will get momentarily. I am posting this as I gobble lunch - a vegan sandwich from Wheatfields cooperative natural foods grocery, which is next door to the build... more »

Diane in the Afternoon 9-20-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] My Trip to Chattanooga by dianerav I had a great visit to Chattanooga and met many dedicated, civic-minded people. I was invited to visit by the Benwood Foundation, which has done an amazing job helping local public schools and supporting environmental improvement. Chattanooga is a beautiful city of about 170,000 people. It has a lovely, historic central city. Everything is within walking distance or a short ride. First, I met the local editorial board and had a spirited conversation with them. They litera... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: No on 1240 Tent vs Yes on 1240 Tent

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: No on 1240 Tent vs Yes on 1240 Tent: No on 1240 Tent vs Yes on 1240 Tent by Melissa Westbrook Can you spot the difference? [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] *No On 1240* - Washington State PTA - League of Women Voters - WASA - Washington Association of School Administrators - WSSDA - Washington State School Directors Association Board - Washington Education Association - Japanese-American Citizens League Board - Seattle-King County NAACP - El Centro de la Raza - Parents and Friends for Tacoma Public Schools - Parents... more »

Message from PAA to entertainment media about WBD movie | Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Message from PAA to entertainment media about WBD movie | Parents Across America: Message from PAA to entertainment media about WBD movie by pureparents [image: Stealing Schools = Won't Back Down (click Picture)] As hype for the “Won’t Back Down” movie heats up, PAA sent this message to entertainment media: In case your hosts are preparing to interview the stars of the controversial new film “Won’t Back Down,” Parents Across America would like you to be aware of the following facts: 1. Walden Media which produced the film also co-produced the movie “Waiting for Superman”. ... more »

Chicago: After the Strike, Discussion of Its Outcomes « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Chicago: After the Strike, Discussion of Its Outcomes « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: Chicago: After the Strike, Discussion of Its Outcomes by millerlf *Chicago Teachers Strike Implications? After Strike’s End, Questions Remain* By TAMMY WEBBER and SOPHIA TAREEN 09/20/12 Huffington Post [image: Chicago Teachers Strike News] CHICAGO — Mayor Rahm Emanuel secured an extension of Chicago’s school day and empowered principals to hire the teachers they want. Teachers were able to soften a new evaluation process and win some job protections. As students returned to the classro... more »

Rarely Use The Word “Wrong” And Other Helpful Bits [Edutopia] | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Rarely Use The Word “Wrong” And Other Helpful Bits [Edutopia] | The Jose Vilson: Rarely Use The Word “Wrong” And Other Helpful Bits [Edutopia] by Jose An excerpt from my latest at Edutopia: 1) Rarely Use the Word “Wrong”Students need to know that you’re not going to press a buzzer every time they make a comment or ask a question, no matter how ridiculous. Starting the year off by accepting their errors and misgivings means that you get to know them and their style of learning. Also, you get to show them the way you’ll respond to questions for the rest of the year. The word “wron... more »

Perps or Pupils? Safety Policy Creates Prison-like New York City Schools | JJIE.org

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Perps or Pupils? Safety Policy Creates Prison-like New York City Schools | JJIE.org: Perps or Pupils? Safety Policy Creates Prison-like New York City Schools Written by: Daryl Khan on Sep 20, 2012 inShare *This story was produced in partnership with the Center for Public Integrity * **When Minerva Dickson first saw her high school she thought it looked like a prison. After her first week she realized how right her initial impressions were. Every day when she arrived at the Thomas Jefferson Campus in Brownsville, Brooklyn, she waited in a line that snaked out onto Pennsylvania Avenue.... more »

Don't believe in Eva's Fairytales? Take Action! | New York Communities for Change (NYCC)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Don't believe in Eva's Fairytales? Take Action! | New York Communities for Change (NYCC): Eva Moskowitz, Success Academy Charter Schools are guilty of taking space away from existing public schools, counseling out high needs students and enrolling lower percentages of special education students, English language learners and students receiving free lunch, in respect to public schools. Real success doesn't come at the expense of the highest need students, while demonizing public schools. New York Parents support quality education for all kids!

UPDATE: New research casts doubt on key theory of vocabulary learning - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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New research casts doubt on key theory of vocabulary learning - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] Why the ‘rithmetic of school reform doesn’t add up by Valerie Strauss Sometimes things about school reform just don’t add up. Here, Larry Lee, the former director of the Center for Rural Alabama who coordinated the study, Lessons Learned from Rural Schools, tries to do the math. He can be reached at larrylee33@knology.net Read full article >> New research casts doubt on key theory of vocabulary learning by Valerie Strauss There are times when we learn th... more »

Notes on My Atlantic Profile of David Coleman - Dana Goldstein

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Notes on My Atlantic Profile of David Coleman - Dana Goldstein: Notes on My Atlantic Profile of David Coleman by Dana Goldstein Today *The Atlantic* published my profile of David Coleman, the MicKinsey consultant turned education entrepreneur who is one of the school reform movement's most idealistic believers in the power of the traditional liberals arts as a social justice tool. Coleman is important because his ideas about what students should know (from modernist poetry to Euclid's "Elements") and do (more evidence-based, thesis-driven writing, and less personal narrative) are ... more »

UPDATE: The in box. State Rep. Dan Biss’ forum on state pensions tonight. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
The in box. State Rep. Dan Biss’ forum on state pensions tonight. « Fred Klonsky: The in box. Chest beating? I’m a regular Tarzan. by Fred Klonsky *Fred,* *Highest salaries, shortest school days, and shortest school year + ridiculously embarrassing graduation rates makes for some awfully entitled chest beating.* *- Kevin* Kevin, Chest beating? You bet. When it comes to public schools and public school teachers, I’m a regular Tarzan. Ahooooo! The Hipster Alderman claimed Karen Lewis was keeping teachers on strike against their will. by Fred Klonsky First Ward Alderman, aka The Hi... more »

“Won’t Back Down” fuels education reform wars - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
“Won’t Back Down” fuels education reform wars - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: “Won’t Back Down” fuels education reform wars By Katy Murphy Wednesday, September 19th, 2012 at 10:31 pm in Uncategorized. [image: Liz Sullivan]*Liz Sullivan is an OUSD grandparent, a former teacher and a community organizer. The views expressed in this article are her own.* “Won’t Back Down” will be released in theaters on September 28, but the new film is already stirring up controversy. Produced by the team who brought us “Waiting for Superman,” the movie stars Maggie Gyll... more »

Assessment Webinar by Forum on Educational Accountability

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
About FEA: *FEA PUBLIC EVENTS* *Transforming ESEA: Helping Public Schools Improve*Transforming ESEA is a series of public discussions sponsored by the Forum on Educational Accountability. Forthcoming forums include*Transforming ESEA to Meet the Needs of all Learners*, addressing needs of English language learners and students with disabilities; and on how the federal government can help schools, districts and states build their capacity to serve all students well. _________________________________________________ *CURRENT EVENT:* *High Quality Assessment for Instruction and Accoun... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Roberts Rules of Order and TFA

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Roberts Rules of Order and TFA: Roberts Rules of Order and TFA by Melissa Westbrook I just listened to the KUOW report (not yet available) on the *vote of the TFA member to teach Special Ed at Franklin High.* What a mess and yet, interesting. Here's what I understand happened. They had six members in attendance (I believe Director Smith-Blum was missing). Apparently the vote was 3 yeses (Martin-Morris, DeBell and Carr) and 3 abstained votes. So the Board Manager said it did not pass. DeBell corrected her and said abstaining votes don't count, ... more »

The Education Upstarts - Rachael Brown - The Atlantic

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The Education Upstarts - Rachael Brown - The Atlantic: The Education Upstarts Education policy has long featured two players—the government and teachers unions. But in recent years, a new generation of activists has stepped up to lobby legislators and drive the conversation. A rundown of worthy upstarts. inShare0 By RACHAEL BROWN *Graphics by Kiss Me I'm Polish* *Stand for Children* Who: Co-founder and CEO Jonah Edelman is the son of the civil-rights leader Marian Wright Edelman. What: The most grassroots of these groups. Leads efforts to lobby state governments for reforms such a... more »

On Teachers: Beyond “Good” and “Bad” | Dissident Voice

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On Teachers: Beyond “Good” and “Bad” | Dissident Voice: On Teachers: Beyond “Good” and “Bad” by Tolu Olorunda The teacher must have a genuine interest in mental activity on his own account, a love of knowledge that unconsciously animates his teaching. —John Dewey1 [T]eachers cannot follow the medieval tradition of detached withdrawal from the world. … [They] cannot be pedants or dilettantes, they cannot be mere technicians and higher artisans, they have got to be social statesmen and statesmen of high order. —W.E.B. Du Bois2 Social relations in the classroom that glorify the teach... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, September 20, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: The space shuttle Endeavour took off atop a modified transport plane from a Houston airport Thursday, continuing its journey to retirement in California, where it will be put on permanent display in a museum. Along the way, Endeavour is due to pass low over several places, including Tucson, Ariz., the home of the last person to fly a shuttle, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, and his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Education Headlines *Thursday, September 20, 2012* Monterey school district reduces suspensions by reward... more »

New Middle Schools, Same Old Challenges | Edwize

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
New Middle Schools, Same Old Challenges | Edwize: New Middle Schools, Same Old Challenges by Jackie Bennett [image: New schools find themselves more likely to be identified as Focus schools on the state's new Focus list] A lot of middle schools have closed these past ten years in New York City and a whole lot more have opened up. In fact, nearly a third of our middle schools are new, and when we look at the higher need schools, the proportion jumps to 43%. These new schools opened as part of a reform agenda whose ideas are simple and familiar to all of us: empower principals to pic... more »

Modern School: Is Everything We’re Teaching Garbage?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Modern School: Is Everything We’re Teaching Garbage?: Is Everything We’re Teaching Garbage? by Michael Dunn Artificial intelligence theorist and education reformer Roger Schank has argued that virtually everything we currently teach to kids is a waste of time, according to Good Education. This provocative statement should, of course, be taken with a grain of salt. For one, Good is calling him a “reformer” which, to many teachers, is an epithet most commonly applied to people with little or no training in education who have an ulterior motive (often profit-driven). Second, being a... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm and Mitt try damage control

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm and Mitt try damage control: Rahm and Mitt try damage control by Mike Klonsky I turned on the TV this morning to see the new ad with Rahm doing damage control. He's claiming he won the contract battle that led to the 7-day teachers strike by getting his longer school day in place along with evaluating teachers based on student standardized test scores. The ads are being paid for by DFER hedge-funders* and school voucher advocates, **Whitney Tilson* and R*avenel Boykin Curry IV*. Rahm's attempt to clean up his mess parallels and sounds remarkably ... more »

Community Relationships: A Mutual Return on Investment | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Community Relationships: A Mutual Return on Investment | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Community Relationships: A Mutual Return on Investment by Tarsi Dunlop The purple shaded area in a Venn diagram of two overlapping circles – one blue and one red – is the sometimes uneasy but always necessary connection between traditional public schools and the business community. The extent to which healthy public-private partnerships develop depends entirely on how those partnerships are ultimately managed by those at the local level. It’s not surprising that public schoo... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-20-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] A Postmortem on the Strike by dianerav We will see many discussions of what the strike accomplished, who won, who lost. This one takes a balancedview and sees the strike as a lesson about working with teachers and de-emphasizing test scores. As another reader pointed out, it is interesting that the anti-union forces usually keep hands off police and firefighters, the male-dominated unions, but go after teaching, nursing and social work. Wonder why? What the Strike Taught Teachers by dianerav Kipp Dawson, a ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Missing the Twain and No Absolutes. The Future for our Children?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Missing the Twain and No Absolutes. The Future for our Children?: Missing the Twain and No Absolutes. The Future for our Children? Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook Why do Common Core standards remove a piece of literature teaching absolute truth? Common Core standards mandate more scientific and non-fiction reading in public schools and less emphasis on literature. Huckleberry Finn has been removed from classrooms in Massachusetts as a result of these mandates. From Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass, *Schoolkids Missing the Twain *fr...more »

Thomas: Chicago teachers’ strike raises issues important to S.C. - Editorial Columns - TheState.com

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Thomas: Chicago teachers’ strike raises issues important to S.C. - Editorial Columns - TheState.com: Thomas: Chicago teachers’ strike raises issues important to S.C. By PAUL THOMAS - Guest Columnist [image: Bookmark and Share] [image: email this story to a friend] E-MAIL[image: print story] PRINT REPRINT 0 COMMENTS TEXT SIZE: The Chicago teachers’ strike may seem to be a distant and mostly insignificant event in South Carolina, a right-to-work state, but it matters a great deal for public education in our state. The national discussion of public education and education reform has p... more »

Why You Should Become a Teacher's Fairy Godparent | Education on GOOD

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Why You Should Become a Teacher's Fairy Godparent | Education on GOOD: Why You Should Become a Teacher's Fairy Godparent by Megan Allen *[image: rosemary]* *In our Transforming Schools Together series, teachers affiliated with the Center for Teaching Quality invite us to re-imagine the very concept of school, and suggest small actions we can take to improve existing schools.* Confession: I have a penchant for sticky notes. They are the perfect size for the "sticky-note fairy" (wink, wink...guess who?) to sprinkle kind words of encouragement to surprised students and faculty. One day ... more »

Brown kills bill establishing study committee on school finance | EdSource Today

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Brown kills bill establishing study committee on school finance | EdSource Today: Brown kills bill establishing study committee on school finance - by John Fensterwald by John Fensterwald Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have created a task force to explore options for school finance reform, thus ensuring that his own weighted student formula won’t be drowned out in a marketplace of ideas when the Legislature convenes in January. “I agree that California’s complex school finance laws need urgent attention. Creating a task force, however, may actually delay action on.... more »

“I don’t think there should be public unions, period…” Jeb Bush - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
“I don’t think there should be public unions, period…” Jeb Bush - Wait, What?: “I don’t think there should be public unions, period…” Jeb Bush by jonpelto Jeb Bush (Photo courtesy of CTNewsjunkie) Jeb Bush, the “other” Bush son, who is also known as the former governor of Florida, made a stop in Connecticut yesterday to speak at the Connecticut Policy Institute, a “think-tank” formed by former gubernatorial Tom Foley. After getting done calling unions a “conflict of interest,” Bush went on to salute Governor Malloy’s “Education Reform” legislation. According to the news coverage in ... more »

NYC Educator: New Visions from Chicago--Farewell, TINA, We’re Glad to See You Go

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
NYC Educator: New Visions from Chicago--Farewell, TINA, We’re Glad to See You Go: New Visions from Chicago--Farewell, TINA, We’re Glad to See You Go by NYC Educator *By special guest blogger Michael Fiorillo* Though they may not know it by name, public school teachers everywhere have close contact with TINA (There Is No Alternative). TINA is everywhere in the schools, though often changing shape and contradicting itself. The contradictions don’t matter. What matters is that teachers be constantly told There Is No Alternative, and provided object lessons (u-ratings, scapegoating, ... more »

Last Stand for Children First: LS4C1 Interviews Bruce Louder on Chicago Education Reform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Last Stand for Children First: LS4C1 Interviews Bruce Louder on Chicago Education Reform: LS4C1 Interviews Bruce Louder on Chicago Education Reform by Last Stand for Children Back in 2010 when we were just a fledgling operation with a $12,000,000 operating budget and no idea how to spend it, it was Bruce Louder who suggesting we come to Chicago and make a stand for education reform. The rest, as they say is history. Chicago has just been through a very tumultuous week and a half as the greedy Chicago Teachers Union turned its collective back on the children and went on strike. ... more »

As Teacher Use of New Technologies Has Spread, Have Most Teachers Changed How They Teach? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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As Teacher Use of New Technologies Has Spread, Have Most Teachers Changed How They Teach? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: As Teacher Use of New Technologies Has Spread, Have Most Teachers Changed How They Teach? by larrycuban Historians of technology point out that it took a half-century after the introduction of turbine-generated electric power in the U.S to eventually light streets, power trolleys, create industrial assembly lines, and upgrade the home with incandescent lights, refrigerators, telephones, and automatic washers. It took over five decades in ... more »

The inconvenient truth about charter school Initiative 1240 | Seattle Education

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The inconvenient truth about charter school Initiative 1240 | Seattle Education: The inconvenient truth about charter school Initiative 1240 by seattleducation2011 [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)] Initiative 1240, which is a resolution to set up charter schools in the state of Washington, circumvents our State Constitution because it would set up an alternative state school system not under the supervision of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Randy Dorn, Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction, July 2012 Bill Gates and the Waltons are waging a campaig... more »

New report says education system 'neglects' nearly half of Black and Latino males | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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New report says education system 'neglects' nearly half of Black and Latino males | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: New report says education system 'neglects' nearly half of Black and Latino malesby Dale Mezzacappa on Sep 19 2012 Posted in Latest news - COMMENTS (0)PRINT - EMAIL[image: ""] Tags: - activism - funding equity - dropouts - students of color - graduation rates - juvenile justice A new foundation report that tracks state-by-state data has concluded that the high school graduation rates of Black and Latino males continue to lag... more »

Welcome to Philadelphia, Dr. Hite « City School Stories

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Welcome to Philadelphia, Dr. Hite « City School Stories: Welcome to Philadelphia, Dr. Hite by fmurphy *Notes from the Field* Submitted by Joy of Teaching on September 19, 2012 Dear Dr. Hite, Welcome to Philadelphia, the Cradle of Liberty! We have some amazing historical sites to see during your stay. Do take advantage of them. In the meantime, we the long-time citizens of this wonderful city would like you to know that we do not trust you! We are sorry about this, but we feel this relationship should start out on an honest footing. We have been kicked and beaten down so many tim... more »

Segregation Prominent in Schools, Study Finds - NYTimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Segregation Prominent in Schools, Study Finds - NYTimes.com: Segregation Prominent in Schools, Study Finds Brandon Thibodeaux for The New York Times Students at F. M. Gilbert Elementary School in Irving, Tex. Segregation of Latino students is most pronounced in California, New York and Texas. By MOTOKO RICHPublished: September 19, 2012 - FACEBOOK - TWITTER - GOOGLE+ - E-MAIL - SHARE - PRINT - REPRINTS - The United States is increasingly a multiracial society, with white students accounting for just over half of all students in public schools, down from four-... more »

Teaching Ahead Roundtable at EdWeek « InterACT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Teaching Ahead Roundtable at EdWeek « InterACT: Teaching Ahead Roundtable at EdWeek by David B. Cohen This week I’m one of the guest authors in “Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable” over at EdWeek. The current topic is the public perception of teachers. My post, titled “Four Ways for Teachers to ‘Engage’“, begins: Polls show most Americans have favorable views of their children’s schools and teachers, so how do we explain the amount of negativity in the nation’s broader educational discourse? I think we’re witnessing a collision of factors narrowing the storyline of American public edu... more »

Here's A Great Stock Tip For You All! | K-12 News Network

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Here's A Great Stock Tip For You All! | K-12 News Network: Here’s A Great Stock Tip For You All! by Joseph K. If you want to make a lot of money and screw over millions of children, particularly inner-city children, all at the same time (and who doesn’t want to do that?), then join my favorite Governor Paul LePage and invest heavily in on-line learning. Studies have shown on-line learning to be a total sham when it comes to educating children, but hey, when the State will pay someone like K12 Inc. or Rupert Murdoch or Bill Gates seven to ten thousand dollars or more per student an... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: "Fungagement" Is Necessary in Our Classrooms!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: "Fungagement" Is Necessary in Our Classrooms!: "Fungagement" Is Necessary in Our Classrooms! by Lisa M The video below was shown at our workshop by the presenter, John Kuglin , in May 2012. I think it is so appropriate. What happens when you take the same old thing and make it fun? What happens when educators find another way to engage our students? And just because something is fun, it doesn't mean it is not useful. Let's "fungage" our students, let them enjoy learning. I'm not saying 24 hour party in your room, I'm talking about educational ... more »

Schools Matter: Will TN Dems Be the First to Discover That Segregated Charters May Be a Political Issue?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Schools Matter: Will TN Dems Be the First to Discover That Segregated Charters May Be a Political Issue?: Will TN Dems Be the First to Discover That Segregated Charters May Be a Political Issue? by Jim Horn Since Billionaire Bill Haslam chose one of Jeb Bush's "Chiefs of Change" as his Education Commissioner, Kevin Huffman, or the former Mr. Michelle Rhee, has been working overtime to crush teachers' academic freedom, due process, and job security in Tennessee. He has zealously pursued, too, the expansion of segregated corporate charters, and with the help of Haslam's rubber st... more »

School Tech Connect: Some Very Disturbing News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Some Very Disturbing News: Some Very Disturbing News by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) *PLEASE BE ADVISED* The usual light-hearted tone of this blog is suspended immediately due to emergency circumstances. Dear Readers: I have sent a letter to Governor Quinn begging him to consider activating the National Guard at once. I have sent similar letters appealing for intervention from the Justice Department and from Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano. You possibly have not heard, but *I *have heard, through certain chatter intercepts, that there is... more »

UPDATE: Diane in the evening 9-19-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: *DIANE RAVITCH WEBSITE* *http://dianeravitch.com/about-diane/* Salman Rushdie Said: Don’t Be Afraid by dianerav The novelist Salman Rushdie lived under a death threat for many years after the Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini ordered his death in 1989. He was interviewed by the New York Times. Something he said struck a chord: *Q. What advice do you have for someone who might find himself under a similar threat?* A. Two bits of advice, really. One has to do with the head and the other is practical. The thing in the head is: Don’t compromise. It’s a question ... more »

Remainders: Ravitch declares teacher win regardless of contract | GothamSchools

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Remainders: Ravitch declares teacher win regardless of contract | GothamSchools: [image: save image] Remainders: Ravitch declares teacher win regardless of contractby Philissa Cramer, at 7:22 pm - Diane Ravitch: In Chicago, “regardless of the terms of the contract, the teachers won.” (DR’s Blog) - Throughout the strike, Rahm Emanuel gave the most access to the New York Times. (ChicagoMag) - A look back at 150 years of teachers union activity, from the NEA’s formation to Chicago. (Hechinger) - A 9-year-old rapper whose hit rails against sagging pants goes to ... more »

SCVP Training Schedule - Violence Prevention (CA Dept of Education)

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SCVP Training Schedule - Violence Prevention (CA Dept of Education): SCVP Training ScheduleSchool Community Violence Prevention (SCVP) training schedule for bullying, crisis response, and safe school planning, which is funded through the SCVP program. ------------------------------ Contact a Safe Schools Training Regional Coordinator in your area for information on SCVP trainings. Bullying Prevention and Intervention Training sessions assist teachers, administrators, parents, students, certificated staff, risk management, and community members to increase their knowledge of the ... more »




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