Saturday, November 17, 2012

Fourth-graders who flunk reading have faces marked | General Headlines | Comcast

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Fourth-graders who flunk reading have faces marked

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DECLO, Idaho — A fourth-grade teacher in southern Idaho is being criticized after having her students use permanent markers to draw on the faces of classmates who failed to meet reading goals.
Some parents and administrators say the punishments given to nine students in Summer Larsen's class were inappropriate and left the children feeling shamed.
Cindy Hurst said recently her 10-year-old son came home from school Nov. 5 with his entire face — including his eyelids — scribbled on with green, red and purple markers.
"He was humiliated, he hung his head and wanted to go wash his face," Hurst told The Times-News of Twin Falls ( http://bit.ly/QMwMTJ). "He knows he's a slow reader. Now he thinks he should be punished for it."
Larsen, who has taught at the school for six years, didn't respond to requests for comment. But Cassia County School District Superintendent Gaylen Smyer confirmed what took place in her classroom, 

RIP Hostess


Hostess closing all plants and laying off 18,500 to avoid labor deal

By David Ferguson
Friday, November 16, 2012 10:24 EST
Twinkies by Christian Cable via Flickr Commons
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Texas-based Hostess Brands, the company that makes Twinkies, Hostess Cupcakes and Wonder Bread has announced that it is laying off all of its 18,500 employees and closing all of its U.S. facilities in response to a labor strike that has paralyzed the company since last weekend.
Hostess announced on Friday morning that workers had failed to meet a Thursday deadline to bring factory outputs back up to normal levels and end their strike.  The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union began the strike last weekend in protest of conditions imposed on the company under the terms of its most recent bankruptcy filing.
The union called the contract “outrageous.”  The company, which stopped contributing to worker pensions in August, 2011, had announced that worker wages would be cut by 8 percent.
“You put in the time, you put in the years, I mean, we all have dedicated our lives to the company and they just don’t appreciate it,” said one worker.
On Monday, Greg Rayburn, CEO of Hostess, which also owns Dolly Madison bakeries and Merita bread, announced that the company intended to close plants in St. Louis, Cincinnati and Seattle in response to the strike.  St. Louis mayor Francis Slay said in an interview on Tuesday that he was given notice earlier this year about the closing in his city.
“I was told months ago they were planning on closing the site in St. Louis,” he said. “And there was no indication at that time that it had anything to do with the strike the workers were waging.”
Bakers’ union representative Frank Hurst told the Kansas City Business Journal that Rayburn’s attempt to blame the closures on the strike is part of “a disturbing pattern by the company of issuing public statements that are erroneous at best and disingenuous at worst.”
Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 protection in January of this year, its second bankruptcy, the first having taken place in 2004.  A statement on the company’s website said that Hostess products which have already been baked will be shipped to stores and sold and bakery retail stores will stay open to sell through their supplies.

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Kimble's Corner: Congressman Kimble Demands Snack Cake Bailout

Kimble's Corner: Congressman Kimble Demands Snack Cake Bailout:


Congressman Kimble Demands Snack Cake Bailout

Like any red-blooded patriotic American, I was horrified to hear that Hostess was going out of business.  Surely, a company that hasn't demanded concessions from its workers in over 7 years deserves a break.  I put this tragedy surely on the head of President Obama and his administration.   The American Snack Cake Industry must survive.  Our nation is too big for it to fail.   Courageous steps must be taken in order to ensure that future generations are able to enjoy golden sponge cake with rich creamy filling or a flaky crust with real fruit filling.  I am making my proposal respectfully to President Obama in the form of four non-negotiable demands.   Mr. President, do not let us go off this snack cake cliff:

1. Sign and executive order dismissing all Hostess Workers unwilling to work for what the company is offering.  In 1987, President Reagan courageously fired striking airline workers who asked for it.  Even your President Roosevelt ordered miners back into the mines at a time of national emergency.  This is a national emergency!

2. Provide tax breaks for snack cake creators.  We will not be out of this crisis until those with the resources and machinery to create snack cakes do so.   We must give targeted tax breaks not only to Hostess, but to 

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James Baldwin said it best: 

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

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4LAKids - UTLA Tuesday Talking Points: VICTORY FOR SCHOOLS

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 minutes ago
4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: UTLA Tuesday Talking Points: VICTORY FOR SCHOOLS: UTLA Tuesday Talking Points: VICTORY FOR SCHOOLS [image: image] *NOVEMBER 13, 2012 **LATEST NEWS AND ISSUES | HTTP://BIT.LY/SCW1BD**1. **Voters stand with us to pass Prop 30 and defeat Prop 32: *Prop. 30 does not solve all of our schools’ fiscal problems but it begins to repair the damage done by years of budget cuts. This victory paves the way for a full school year for 2012-13 and the cancellation of furlough days. On Prop 32, voters saw through the deceptive power grab by wealthy busin... more »

I know nothing…but I’m learning « Cooperative Catalyst

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I know nothing…but I’m learning « Cooperative Catalyst: I know nothing…but I’m learning by Paul Freedman I had a wonderful meandering conversation recently with Co-op Cat, Scott Nine. We shred ideas and thoughts on a wide range of topics. But one has really stuck with me: “maybe we should be less focused on knowing and more focused on learning.” Our educational system and our culture as a whole has seriously privileged knowledge. To know things, to have knowledge of facts and to possess skills these are *the* goals, aren’t they? That is why we teach at, and lecture to, and tes... more »

My Election Dashboard | Lefty Parent

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 45 minutes ago
My Election Dashboard | Lefty Parent: My Election Dashboard by Cooper Zale My “ministry” is all about celebrating and championing human development at an individual and societal level. A key thread in that development (at both the individual and societal level) is our society’s transition from hierarchies of control towards circles of equals. So in that regard, what light (if any) does the recent election shed on our path forward? I’m a lover of lists, and here is my list of the areas of this transition that continue to be of most interest to me… *1. The engagement between youth and... more »

The Failure of Those in Charge Permeates District 7.southbronxschool.com

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http://www.southbronxschool.com: The Failure of Those in Charge Permeates District 7 by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Juan Gonzalez wrote a great piece in yesterday's Daily News on how the Young Leaders Elementary School, a school opened up by Uncle Mike in 2008, is now on the list of possible closures. Funny thing is, Young Leaders Elementary School replaced another closed school, PS 220 back in 2008. PS 220 was run by one of the classiest principals ever to work for the DOE, Michelle Kahn. I know Michelle is up above having the last laugh. She should. Again, students and ... more »

An Urban Teacher's Education: Resources from NCTE

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
An Urban Teacher's Education: Resources from NCTE: Resources from NCTE by James Boutin This week I have the pleasure of attending the NCTE national convention in Las Vegas. I've gathered a few resources so far I thought might be worth sharing. I'll write more about the conference later, but for now, here are some links: http://www.nwp.org/ http://kellygallagher.org/ www.informationisbeautiful.net http://www.heinemann.com/authors/902.aspx http://pennykittle.net/ https://depts.washington.edu/pswpuw/

Jersey Jazzman: Does the Newark Teacher Contract Really "Involve Teachers"?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Does the Newark Teacher Contract Really "Involve Teachers"?: Does the Newark Teacher Contract Really "Involve Teachers"? by Duke Back to NJ Governor Chris Christie and AFT President Randi Weingarten's love-fest on *Morning Joe* yesterday. Both are selling this deal as great for teachers, because NTU's members will be "involved" in their evaluations: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Christie: "*It's no longer just seniority or degrees received. But now it's how you perform in the classroom. And that evaluation is not just ... more »

Overcoming Digital Dualism | Ideas and Thoughts

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Overcoming Digital Dualism | Ideas and Thoughts: Overcoming Digital Dualism by Dean Shareski *Digital dualism is the belief that the on and offline are largely separate and distinct realities. Digital dualists view digital content as part of a "virtual" world separate from a "real" world found in physical space. * I had a great day yesterday at Dakota Collegiate in Winnipeg. This is a school that is in their 3rd year of a BYOD initiative and for the most part, they are making some wonderful headway. My observations and conversations with them suggest they are really trying to be th... more »

Diane in the Evening 11-17-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: EduShyster Finds the Biggest Turkey Idea of School Reform by dianerav EduShyster has done it again. Imagine a conference on the freshest, boldest education idea of ever. Who would you want to hear from? Of LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-17-12 Diane Ravitch's blog coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] If Baseball Were Like Race to the Top by dianerav I recently posted a hilarious item that asked what would happen if basketball leagues were run in accordance with the rules of N... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie: Massive, Divisive Hypocrite

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Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie: Massive, Divisive Hypocrite: Chris Christie: Massive, Divisive Hypocrite by Duke This week, Newark's teachers ratified a controversial contract that includes merit pay. As usual, Governor Chris Christie decided to take his victory lap on MSNBC's *Morning Joe*, where he is regularly showered with praise and insulated form any criticism whatsoever. Christie is nationally known as one of the biggest teachers union bashers in the country, which made the segment even more strange, as he was joined in praising the Newark deal by American Federation of Teac... more »

Questions remain after I-1240, charter schools, passes - North Kitsap Herald

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Questions remain after I-1240, charter schools, passes - North Kitsap Herald: Questions remain after I-1240, charter schools, passes By KIPP ROBERTSON [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] North Kitsap Herald Education/Sports Reporter NOVEMBER 16, 2012 · UPDATED 2:52 PM - - - inShare - - 0COMMENTS - EMAIL STORY - PRINT STORY - EMAIL AUTHOR - LETTER/EDITOR OLYMPIA — The initiative to allow charter schools in Washington has been approved by state voters. But questions about how it will affect public schools remain, even for t... more »

Enrollment Projections and School Construction « PWC Education Reform Blog

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Enrollment Projections and School Construction « PWC Education Reform Blog: Enrollment Projections and School Construction by pwceducationreform Nothing gets parents hot an bothered more than overcrowded schools, boundary changes, and new school construction. When coupled with accusations of preferential treatment in one end of the county and allegations of paybacks, discussions about school overcrowding, transfers, and construction are bound to engender controversy. On November 20th the school division will host a work session on enrollment projections and school construction. ... more »

AIR Pollution in NY State? Comments on the NY State Teacher/Principal Rating Models/Report « School Finance 101

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AIR Pollution in NY State? Comments on the NY State Teacher/Principal Rating Models/Report « School Finance 101: AIR Pollution in NY State? Comments on the NY State Teacher/Principal Rating Models/Report by schoolfinance101 I was immediately intrigued the other day when a friend passed along a link to the recent technical report on the New York State growth model, the results of which are expected/required to be integrated into district level teacher and principal evaluation systems under that state’s new teacher evaluation regulations. I did as I often do and went straight for t... more »

#ncte12: when they came for us, they came with standards « Cooperative Catalyst

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#ncte12: when they came for us, they came with standards « Cooperative Catalyst: #ncte12: when they came for us, they came with standards by Chad Sansing [image: Maker Faire Bay Area 2011: Learning With The Exlporatorium]Maker Faire Bay Area 2011: Learning With The Exlporatorium There’s really no better way to silence us teachers (apart from the crippling, self-imposed professional norm of not admitting to our students and parents that have an opinion on anything) than to give us thousands of standards. When a teacher is busy delivering content and designing lessons to appease pol... more »

On the Stability (or not) of Being Irreplaceable « School Finance 101

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On the Stability (or not) of Being Irreplaceable « School Finance 101: On the Stability (or not) of Being Irreplaceable by schoolfinance101 This is just a quick note with a few pictures in response to the TNTP “Irreplaceables” report that came out a few weeks back – a report that is utterly ridiculous at many levels (especially this graph!)… but due to the storm I just didn’t get a chance address it. But let’s just entertain for the moment the premise that teachers who achieve a value-added rating in the top 20% in a given year are… just plain freakin’ awesome…. and that distric... more »

Jeb and Arne, together again

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Jeb and Arne, together again: Jeb and Arne, together again by Valerie Strauss Several months ago Jeb Bush publicly praised President Obama for selecting Arne Duncan as education secretary. "I think Arne Duncan has done a good job," the former Florida governor said in this CBS interview.Perhaps to return the favor, Duncan is now scheduled to deliver a keynote address at Bush's fifth annual Excellence in Action Summit later this month in Washington. There's no real surprise in the Jeb and Arne show. Duncan has spoken at earlier Bush summits. Obama himself stood on a stage with Bu... more »

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed - Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Parents Across America: The Weekly Update: Milken is ready to milk us in WA State, Louisiana wants to test the toddlers, some awesome school teachers and much, much more by DoraTaylor *The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed.* Bill Gates and the Waltons have had their way with Washington State. With ads running continuously on TV channels for the last three weeks up to November 6th, Bill Gates and the Waltons finally got their way with us….unless there is a legal challenge regarding the state’sconstitutional demand for oversight by OSPI. Stay tuned. The passag... more »

Unpacking Fox's lies about Hostess

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Teamster Nation: Unpacking Fox's lies about Hostess: Unpacking Fox's lies about Hostess Billionaire Rupert Murdoch's Fox News predictably came out with a bunch of crap about the tragic Hostess liquidation. Martha MacCallum, on "Today's Plutocrat Propaganda" "America's Newsroom," said Hostess is "blaming a worker's strike for crippling their ability to make and deliver their products." Then Bill Hemmer blamed the job losses on "a labor dispute." He suggested the union put "18,000 jobs on the line." MacCallum said the employees were "paying dues to the union and then the union won't... more »

Black Girl in Maine | Musings of a black woman living in the nation's whitest state

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Black Girl in Maine | Musings of a black woman living in the nation's whitest state: The GOP and their Personal Responsibility Problem It’s become increasingly clear since last week’s U.S. Presidential election (though it was pretty clear even before that) that there are a fair number of people who are in crisis. People who are now going off the rails. Wives running over their husbands, people committing suicide, relationships in tatters, and so on—so much of it related to post-election angst. It sure doesn’t help that the fella who had the not-so-good fortune of losing seems to b... more »

A Real Turkey of an Idea | EduShyster

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A Real Turkey of an Idea | EduShyster: A Real Turkey of an Idea by edushyster2012 The recent Daily Beast Innovators Summit produced one idea so spectacularly bad that is deserving of the EduShyster “turkey” award. For those of you who are new to the fast-paced, exciting world of great edu-idea production, allow me to bring you up to speed. The process starts by convening a great many smart people™ to discuss big ideas™ for solving complicated problems, like how to fix our union stifled public schools. For example, the Daily Beast’s recent Innovators Summit brought together bold, fr... more »

International Students’ Day « Student Activism

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
International Students’ Day « Student Activism: International Students’ Day by Angus Johnston On this day in 1939, the Nazis shut down Czechoslovakia’s colleges and universities, executing nine student and faculty leaders and sending another 1200 to concentration camps. On this day in 1973, the Greek junta staged a tank attack on Athens Polytechnic university to put down a student uprising, killing least two dozen people. It’s International Students’ Day. Follow along with what’s happening on the #N17 Twitter hashtag.

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: You may be walking wounded, but Teacher, stay in the game!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Cool Cat Teacher Blog: You may be walking wounded, but Teacher, stay in the game!: You may be walking wounded, but Teacher, stay in the game! by coolcatteacher@gmail.com (Victoria A Davis, Cool Cat Teacher) We are all walking wounded. We all have things that have hurt is in life: personal or professional situations that have left us limping. While it would be nice to go into the struggles of our lives with muscles rippling like a well-oiled Apollo or Athena in all the grandeur of a fresh rest on Olympus and a brief appearance to do battle among humankind -- that isn't what happe... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 11-17-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Poverty and Stress Can Damage Children’s Lives by dianerav The latest research studies from Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child demonstrate how “toxic stress” can severely damage children’s minds. Everyone needs to learn to deal with adversity, says Dr. Jack Shonkoff of the Harvard Center, and some stress is a good learning experience. But the conditions associated with living in poverty harms children’s development. *“The same brain flexibility, called plasticity, that makes children open ... more »

Daily Kos: What Does Labor Want?

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Daily Kos: What Does Labor Want?: What Does Labor Want? by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) What Does Labor Want?We want more schoolhouses and less jails; More books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; More leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; In fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better lives . . . These are words of Samuel Gompers, which you can read on the wall of the meeting room in AfL-CIO headquarters in Washington, DC.We have come through an election cycle in which Labor played a major role. We are in a time where workers are now asser... more »

NYC Educator: Today's Cartoon

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NYC Educator: Today's Cartoon: Today's Cartoon by NYC Educator

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Newark teachers got the shaft

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Newark teachers got the shaft: Newark teachers got the shaft by Mike Klonsky Popout Warning to teachers. Please don't watch this video immediately after eating. I was sickened to see *Randi Weingarten* and Tea-Party *Gov. Christie* on Morning Joe, fawning over each other and over the deal they cut on the Newark teachers' contract. It was the worst display of seat-at-the-table unionism I have seen in years. Both are hailing the deal as a "model" for the rest of the country. I hope against hope that it isn't. Christie called it "the most gratifying day o... more »

Teachers Deserve This ‘Thank You’ | toteachornototeach

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Teachers Deserve This ‘Thank You’ | toteachornototeach: Teachers Deserve This ‘Thank You’ by aristotlethewise *Teachers Deserve This ‘Thank You’* by Eli Broad and Andy Stern With unemployment lines growing shorter, and the hopes of a regular paycheck starting to rise, our nation continues to push forward to get more Americans back to work. At the same time, millions of working Americans continue to work hard at their job each day, but earn nowhere near the value they bring to their workplace and this country, nor what they need to give their children a better life than they had. ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Common Core State Standards Explained.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: Common Core State Standards Explained.: Common Core State Standards Explained. by stlgretchen Just one reason to oppose federally funded standards that are REALLY not "state led" The American Principles Project, Concerned Women for America of Georgia and stopcommoncore.com have prepared a five part youtube series about the Common Core State Standards. Attorney Jane Robbins provides historical information about the standards, how they are not "state led" and how they will lead to a nationalized curriculum. *Share this video series with your local schoo... more »

“Zombie Ideas” and Online Instruction | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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“Zombie Ideas” and Online Instruction | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: “Zombie Ideas” and Online Instruction by larrycuban “Zombie ideas” are “beliefs about policy that have been repeatedly refuted with evidence and analysis but refuse to die,” according to Paul Krugman. The astonishment that Krugman expresses about the return of erroneous ideas again and again that simply won’t die regardless of how much evidence there is to destroy them springs from Krugman’s belief in policymakers being rational beings. Policymakers consider research studies and rational... more »

The corporate press has become irrelevant | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
The corporate press has become irrelevant | Seattle Education: The corporate press has become irrelevant by seattleducation2011 The corporate press has become irrelevant. I realized that while watching the sun come up over Gaza on live stream last night with someone giving us first hand reports and information flowing in from different sources via twitter. The press as we know it has simply become a propaganda machine that fewer and fewer are listening to. These are the real images.

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 11-17-12

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
*4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:* *4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT* TEACHERS’ OBSESSION WITH TECHNOLOGY SEE GADGETS WORTH MILLIONS SIT IN CUPBOARDS smf at 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit - 1 hour ago ACROSS THE POND: Millions of pounds (£) of technology is languishing in school cupboards because teachers are being lured into buying the latest gadgets, according to research. By Graeme Paton, Education Editor, The Telegraph (UK) | http://bit.ly/U5lOrG The study was based on an analysis of more than 1,000 research papers on the use of technology in... more »

This Week's Education Research Report 11-17-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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Education Research Report: *THIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORT* * * Swimming kids are smarter Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report - 17 hours ago Children who learn how to swim at a young age are reaching many developmental milestones earlier than the norm. Researchers from the Griffith Institute for Educational Research surveyed parents of 7000 under-fives from Australia, New Zealand and the US over three years. A further 180 children aged 3, 4 and 5 years have been involved in intensive testing, making it the world’s most comprehensive study into early-years swimm... more »

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… 11-17-12 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL *LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY* [image: Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Problems.] Video Gives A Sense Of What People With Autism Might Experience Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 38 minutes ago Here’s how the creators of this video describe it: Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once. This animation gives the viewer a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often our sensory experiences in... more »

Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here's the Recap | K-12 News Network

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here's the Recap | K-12 News Network: Miss the #KidsNotCuts Twitter Party? Here’s the Recap by cynthia In case you missed the #kidsnotcuts Twitter party with our expert Lily Eskelsen (@NEAToday) as the featured guest, I’ve collected some of the tweet highlights. Good morning, all! Let’s get #kidsnotcuts Twitter Party started! Thanks for joining us Lily. Use @neatoday 2 any Qs u have re fed school $ — K-12 News Network (@K12NN) November 15, 2012 A brief excerpt from Ms. Eskelsen’s bio: President Obama recently appointed Lily to the White House... more »

New L.A. teachers too often placed with neediest students, study finds - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
New L.A. teachers too often placed with neediest students, study finds - latimes.com: New L.A. teachers too often placed with neediest students, study finds A new study has found that inexperienced teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are disproportionately more likely to be assigned to lower-performing math students, perpetuating the achievement gap. The study also found that L.A. Unified teachers “vary substantially” in their effectiveness, with top teachers able to give students the equivalent of eight additional months of learning in a year compared with weaker ... more »

Education for Profit in Detroit | Dissident Voice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Education for Profit in Detroit | Dissident Voice: Education for Profit in Detroit by Tolu Olorunda Here is fruit for the crows to pluck. — *Strange Fruit* — Billie Holiday It seemed like a scene from an auction block. This past Tuesday at the House of Representatives in Lansing, MI, the education committee held a hearing on a bill (HB 6004) which would help drive a deeper stake into the heart of public education in Detroit, transferring absolute power to the Education Achievement Authority (EAA), a “public body corporate,” as its chancellor, John Covington, defined during his te... more »

Marzano on Evaluation That Helps Teachers Improve — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Marzano on Evaluation That Helps Teachers Improve — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]Marzano on Evaluation That Helps Teachers Improve November 16, 2012 by Klea Scharberg What is shared and different, about evaluation systems that rate, and evaluation systems that raise, the skills of teachers? In this video, *Educational Leadership* Editor-in-Chief Marge Scherer talks with Bob Marzano on what's driving renewed interest in teacher evaluation and how evaluation systems differ if their primary purpose is rating teachers, versus improving teaching. Lear... more »

SignOn.org - President Obama: Replace Arne Duncan with Linda Darling-Hammond

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
SignOn.org - President Obama: Replace Arne Duncan with Linda Darling-Hammond: President Obama: Replace Arne Duncan with Linda Darling-Hammond *By Bill Ayers* (Contact) To be delivered to: President Barack Obama PETITION STATEMENT Mr. President: Prove your support for a deep and rich curriculum for all students regardless of circumstance or background. Fire Arne Duncan and appoint Linda Darling-Hammond as Secretary of Education. Petition Background Dear Mr. President: You and Secretary Arne Duncan—endorsed in your efforts by Newt Gingrich, Paul Ryan, and a host of reactionary polit... more »

“This is not a deficit…It’s a shortfall” - Governor Malloy 11-15-2012 - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
“This is not a deficit…It’s a shortfall” - Governor Malloy 11-15-2012 - Wait, What?: “This is not a deficit…It’s a shortfall” – Governor Malloy 11-15-2012 by jonpelto No, this is not a segment on the Daily Show, although it is certainly worthy of what John Stewart and his team of award winning writers come up with. Let’s take a step back, a deep breath and try this again… What we do know is that Connecticut is facing a “fiscal problem.” The Governor proposed, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed a state budget into law. Now, state revenue is coming in below what was projec... more »

Declaraciones Del Presidente En Conferencia De Prensa | The White House

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Declaraciones Del Presidente En Conferencia De Prensa | The White House: DECLARACIONES DEL PRESIDENTE EN CONFERENCIA DE PRENSA Sala Este 1:34 p.m. EST PRESIDENTE: Buenas tardes a todos. Siéntense, por favor. Me han dicho que ustedes tienen algunas preguntas para mí. (Risas.) Déjenme decir algunas cosas al principio y luego les dejo que me pregunten. Antes que nada, deseo reiterar lo que dije el viernes. Ahora mismo, nuestra economía todavía está recuperándose de una crisis muy profunda y perniciosa; por ello, los empleos y el crecimiento tienen que ser nuestra prioridad. Tenemos ... more »

The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseSave Our Schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseSave Our Schools: The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsense by Server The newest rhetoric on teacher evaluation — and why it is nonsenseOriginally Published at *The Washington Post*. By Valerie Strauss. November 13, 2012 *Carol Burris is the award-winning principal of South Side High School in Rockville Centre, New York, and a frequent Answer Sheet blogger.* She just underwent an ordeal as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Here’s what she wrote: (Photograph by Mike Stobe/AFP/Getty Images) Physical... more »







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