Monday, March 4, 2013

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 3-4-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2


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Wealth Inequality in America [Video]

This is why every American who makes a middle class living should care about millionaires’ and billionaires’ dabbling in education reform. Why sequestration is hogwash. Why anyone who tells you there is no money for school buildings or public school teachers or health care or medical benefits is full of it. There is more than enough to go around.
Commence reality check.
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Walmart Foundation vs. Walton Foundation

Earlier today when I posted about President Obama’s decision to name the Sylvia Mathews Burwell, CEO of the Walmart Foundation, to become the head of the Office of Management and Budget, I made the error of identifying her as CEO of the Walton Family Foundation. It was obviously a mistake, and readers quickly called my attention to it. I made the change at once. I didn’t realize that the Walton billionaires have two different foundations. In addition, members of the family give a lot of money to political campaigns for candidates and issues, always on the same side of the political spectrum.
The Walton Family Foundation has given $158 million for each of the

Reminder: My Ed Week Webinar Is Tomorrow (Tuesday)

Developing Intrinsic Motivation in Students
Teacher Larry Ferlazzo and principal Chris Wejr will provide background and actionable strategies for creating conditions in classrooms and schools that inspire students to take greater ownership of their learning and futures. Register.
March 5, 2013 at 4pm ET
Motivating students to engage fully with their schoolwork is a perennial challenge for educators. What’s more, many time-honored motivational tactics, such as offering incentives or rewards for specific outcomes, tend to produce only short-term effects-and sometimes backfire completely. This webinar provides teaching strategies to sustain students’ levels of interest and effort.
Our expert guests-teacher and author Larry Ferlazzo and principal Chris Wejr-will provide background and actionable strategies for creating conditions in classrooms and schools that inspire students to take greater ownership of their learning and futures. Among the topics they will address are relationship-building, collaborative learning, praise strategies, opportunity-based instruction, and meaningful communication of expectations. They’ll also respond to viewers’ questions on specific challenges and problem-areas concerning motivation. Registrants will also receive an exclusive discount offer for Ferlazzo’s newest book: Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation.

Lumina Foundation pushing privatization of education in Mexico

An interesting report out of Mexico concerning corruption charges against the head of the Mexican teacher’s union has appeared at Al Jazeera.  The report, found [...] The post Lumina Foundation pushing privatization of education in Mexico appeared first on DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored...

Space Coast, Florida and Chicago: 50 years later, school (closing) discrimination becomes an issue

The people on the Space Coast, home of Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, are faced with the issue of school discrimination and civil rights issues. Black and white supporters stood together as an attorney announced that one mother and one grandmother were seeking an injunction to stop the Brevard County School District from closing specific schools.
Yes, one mother and one grandmother.
Parents must lead and demand. Without that, the children become victims.
Brevard school closing objection Stop means stop.
Stop means stop. No means no. Even in the land of Tea Party Governor Rick Scott, previously the CEO of a healthcare corporation that was fined over $1 billion for defrauding Medicare. Even with this super-majority republican state legislature someone must yell, “STOP!”

I See You, I Got You, & I Love You

IgotuCross posted at: PHSdirectorBLOG
What happens when 75 adults and 300 teenagers “lower the waterline” and let others really know them?  What is the affect of bullies telling their victims they are sorry in front of a large crowd of their peers?  How do students react when they find out that many of their school peers have experienced some horrible emotional situations?  What is it like for students when their teachers, school administrators, school board members, and other community members share true stories about their lives and shed a tear or two?  What is the affect of six hours of laughing, dancing, listening, crying, hugging, and caring for people in ways never thought of before?  CULTURE CHANGE!  The building of empathy and understanding. The realization that we are all so much more alike than different.  The awareness of what we say, do with and to others has a major effect that can be both life affirming or devastating.
I have said before, many times, that our students don’t care what we know until they know we care.  We have tried very hard to build school community and trust here the past several years in an effort to improve school performance.  I think we may have really turned a corner this past week.  We shut down the bell system, slowed down the prescribed learning and perhaps learned the most important lesson of all; We all matter!  I hope what 


Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter

Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter:


This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter

Guest Post by Joe Mazza
everythingesl.net
This week on #PTchat we will be sharing strategies on how to involve the diverse families of English language learners (ELL) in order to foster the partnership between the home and school. 

@JudieHaynes
Schools must constantly seek ways to improve the communication with ELL families and recognize how it parallels with the communication with non-ELL families.  How are schools reaching out to their ELL families?  Are traditional parental involvement approaches appropriate for ELL families?  

ESL Advocate and author of several books including The Essential Guide for Educating Beginning English Learners will join us this Wednesday at 9pm EDT on #PTchat to discuss how schools can effectively engage ELL families using both traditional and non-traditional approaches to increase family engagement.  Please join us!

Guest Post By John Thompson: The Texas Standardized Test Revolt | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Guest Post By John Thompson: The Texas Standardized Test Revolt | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…:


Guest Post By John Thompson: The Texas Standardized Test Revolt

School “reformers” complain that the Garfield High School teachers’ boycott of testing, and the protests by teachers, parents, and students in Georgia, New York, and Massachusetts, are bringing the backlash against bubble-in accountability to a “crescendo.” Perhaps the best education news is that 818 Texas school districts oppose the educational malpractice encouraged by standardized testing. On February 23, I joined thousands of Texans in the Save Texas Schools rally in Austin.
For decades, many top Oklahoma teachers fled to the better schools south of the Red River. An increasing number of them became trapped in the Texas testing mania and returned with horror stories. But, recently, Oklahoma adopted an “accountability” regime that is just as bad, even though we do not have nearly as much money to mitigate the damage. And, two years ago the Texas legislature cut public schools by $5.4 billion, even as they are sending $1.2 billion to overseas testing companies. This means that the Lone Star State also faces the worst of both worlds.
Former Education Commissioner Robert Scott told the crowd that continued testing is not like the tail “wagging 

Are school closings the new urban renewal? | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Are school closings the new urban renewal? | Philadelphia Public School Notebook:



Are school closings the new urban renewal?
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by Elaine Simon
Recent analyses show that most students from schools recommended for closing in Philadelphia would not end up in better-performing schools. They are likely to wind up in schools much like the ones they were in before, as a recent study by Research for Action shows.
Most of the displaced students will not benefit academically from the closings as planned. In addition, they would have to travel a distance outside their neighborhoods, because the closings would create education deserts in areas of the city with the highest concentration of minority and low-income residents.
Disturbingly, this scenario echoes the urban renewal of the mid-20th century. Just as urban renewal decimated neighborhoods and dispersed the mostly poor and minority residents without benefiting them, the school-closings agenda of the current wave of school reform probably will lead to the same outcomes.
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Charter schools ‘undemocratic’ – @ the chalk face

Charter schools ‘undemocratic’ – @ the chalk face:


Charter schools ‘undemocratic’
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As part of the New Zealand government’s mindless rush to show like minded governments that they too can implement GERM without rhyme or reason, the process of establishing charter schools is underway, in as undemocratic a fashion as it is possible to imagine in the New Zealand environment. Public and expert opinion is being, and will continue to be, totally disregarded in this process. Sadly, this mindset isn’t just restricted to education, and as a result any concept of true democracy is diminishing by the day.
Recently Massey University Professor John O’Neill wrote an opinion piece for the New Zealand Herald newspaper, in an attempt to counteract the main stream media’s lack of attention to the issues around charter schools. John has kindly agreed for this article to be published on this blog. Readers will, I am sure, notice some familiar themes appearing in the New Zealand context.
Allan
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Charter schools ‘undemocratic’
JohnO'NeillThe Education Amendment Bill before Parliament’s Education and Science Select Committee provides for a new type of public private partnership (PPP) school in New Zealand. The Government has gone to considerable lengths to trumpet New Zealand’s first PPP to build and maintain school buildings at Hobsonville Point. It is, however, a lot quieter about the far more radical changes that its Bill proposes for school governance, funding, accountability and teaching quality in its other PPP model.




Big Education Ape Nite Cap 3-4-13 #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




Big Education Ape - SPECIAL Mid Day Banana Break 3-4-13 #soschat #edreform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 45 minutes ago
*Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break* Sequestration Cuts Forcing Schools That Serve Military, Native American Students To Squeeze by Joy Resmovits When President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday night mandating across-the-board spending cuts known as sequestration, Henry Strom, the superintendent of public schools in Mt. Adams, Wash., was prepared. But the preparations hurt. Mt. Adams serves Washington's Yakima Reservation -- many of its students are Native Americans who live in poverty. That means that unlike most U.S. school districts, Strom counts on a fund... more »

Daily Kos: Is teaching an art or a science?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Daily Kos: Is teaching an art or a science?: Is teaching an art or a science? by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) The thoughts in this piece were occasioned by a conversation where i was asked if I thought teaching more of an art rather than a science. I responded that the question was a false frame, and was asked to explain. My explanation comes in part from my background and formal education in music. I think what we are seeing in education is neither art nor science, but the attempt to turn education into an engineering problem. In engineering, it is of course important to have ... more »

Diane in the Evening 3-4-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: CEO of Walmart Foundation Picked for Key Obama Job: UPDATE by dianerav Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the head of the Walmart Foundation, has been selected by President Obama to take charge of the Office of Management and Budget. This is one of the most important policy jobs in the federal government. The director of OMB decides how money should be allocated, which programs should live and which should die. There are often intra-agency battles, but New York: Educators Have “Initiative Fatigue” by dianerav Please th... more »

No Kid Hungry Starts with Breakfast — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
No Kid Hungry Starts with Breakfast — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Kumar Chandran]No Kid Hungry Starts with Breakfast March 4, 2013 by Kumar Chandran [image: No Kid Hungry - Share Our Strength] More than 16 million children in the U.S. struggle with hunger, or one out of five American kids. Teachers see this hunger first-hand in their classrooms. In a recent survey, three out of five K–8 public school teachers said they taught kids who regularly came to school hungry because they weren't getting enough to eat at home. What if I told you that there was a solutio... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NJ Special Education Under Attack

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: NJ Special Education Under Attack: NJ Special Education Under Attack by Duke Last week, I reported on proposed changes to the NJ administrative code that would shift the responsibility for special education case management away from full-time Child Study Teams. *These changes would allow districts to fire case managers and either dump their caseloads on to teachers and other staff, or allow the privatization of special education case management.* *This is a horrendous idea.* Under the guise of "flexibility," special education students would no longer have a full-... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Complete Letter to AG about 1240

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Complete Letter to AG about 1240: Complete Letter to AG about 1240 by Melissa Westbrook Here's the complete letter sent to Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office by the League of Women Voters, El Centro de la Raza, and the WEA. From the first paragraph: *We request that your office investigate and promptly institute legal proceedings to remedy the constitutional violations arising from ...(it continues on with the RCWs in question).* * Specifically, the Charter School Act improperly diverts public school funds to private non-profits in violation ... more »

NYC Educator: Why Is Unity/ New Action Waving White Flag Without a Fight?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
NYC Educator: Why Is Unity/ New Action Waving White Flag Without a Fight?: Why Is Unity/ New Action Waving White Flag Without a Fight? by NYC Educator It's remarkable to see where we've come over the last decade with Mayor4Life Bloomberg in charge. We have a Board of Education in which he's got 8 of 13 votes, and it's served as a rubber stamp for the richest and most reformy guy in the richest city in the world. Worse, Unity/ New Action leadership endorsed mayoral dictatorship not once, but twice. If I'm not mistaken, the UFT offered measures to improve the system, but then chose t... more »

First Interim Status Reports for 2012-13 - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
First Interim Status Reports for 2012-13 - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Reports Smaller Number of Districts in Financial Jeopardy SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson reported today that 500,000 fewer California students attend school districts in financial jeopardy now than last May, though an unacceptably high number of districts still face deep fiscal challenges. The state's First Interim Status Report for 2012-13 shows that 124 local educational agencies (LEAs) serving 2.1 million students are in either a ... more »

National School Breakfast Week 2013 — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
National School Breakfast Week 2013 — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Kristen Pekarek]National School Breakfast Week 2013 March 4, 2013 by Kristen Pekarek [image: National School Breakfast Week] This week, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the School Nutrition Association are co-sponsoring National School Breakfast Week! Launched in 1989, the event is used to educate students, parents, and the community across the U.S. about the benefits of a healthy school breakfast. A recent study titled *Ending Childhood Hunger: A Social Impact Analysis* by whole child partner Sh... more »

People can be awesome - Facing History and Ourselves at Palo Alto High School

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Facing History and Ourselves at Palo Alto High School: People can be awesome In discussion of such a satanic topic, it becomes hard not to assume a somber attitude. There is such unwritten devastation, such disgusting injustice, such grotesque images that we can sometimes forget that people are willing to do good, too. A recent article in the New York Times reminds me that people can be awesome! A recent demonstration in Dresden had Neo-Nazis outnumbered 12:1 by counter-demonstrators consisting of police and anti-fascists. Over 10,000 people attended the anti-Nazi march, reaffir... more »

Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he misspoke concerning pink slips - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he misspoke concerning pink slips - The Washington Post: Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he misspoke concerning pink slips Chris Usher/CBS News via Getty Images - Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on "Face the Nation" on Feb. 24. - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - E-mail - Reprints By Lyndsey Layton, Monday, March 4, 10:37 AM Education Secretary Arne Duncan offered a mea culpa of sorts Monday, saying that hemisspoke on national television last week when he said that teachers were already losing job... more »

Family: Slain Alabama mayoral candidate beaten, burned : page 1 - NorthJersey.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Family: Slain Alabama mayoral candidate beaten, burned : page 1 - NorthJersey.com: Family: Slain Alabama mayoral candidate beaten, burned MONDAY MARCH 4, 2013, 1:37 PM ASSOCIATED PRESS PAGES: 1 2 > DISPLAY ON ONE PAGE | PRINT | E-MAIL JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The body of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate was beaten and burned, a family member said Monday. Marco McMillian's godfather, Carter Womack, said McMillian's family received the information from the Coahoma County coroner. Coroner Scotty Meredith declined to comment Monday, and a spokesman for the Coahoma County Sheriff's Dep... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: The Language of the Ownership Society

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: The Language of the Ownership Society: The Language of the Ownership Society by Mike Klonsky I'm always taken by the language of the Ownership Society. I'm dazzled by how it's used and misused to obfuscate and mystify. For example, I love the word *sequestration*. For one thing, as a blogger, I've gone about as far as I can go with the *fiscal cliff*, as in:* "We're not afraid of the fiscal cliff. Many of us are already over it."* I even had the term banned as own of my New Year's resolutions. You've never heard it since then. Have you? Of cou... more »

States Fighting Back | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
States Fighting Back | Truth in American Education: States Fighting Back by Shane Vander Hart James Wilson has updated our map. [image: RetainMap030313v2] Below is the list of bills and stories outlining the battle currently underway. *Alabama* - SB 190 - Alabama Exists National Common Core Tests *Colorado* - Common Core’s Race to the Middle in Colorado Dec. 6, 2012 *Florida* - HB 377 SB 524 - Should Florida postpone implementation of the Common Core? - Florida Lawmakers Might Delay New Education Standards, Testing for some Grades. - Lawmakers, commissioner... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Sequestration: The language of the ownership society

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Sequestration: The language of the ownership society: Sequestration: The language of the ownership society by Mike Klonsky I'm always taken by the language of the Ownership Society. I'm dazzled by how it's used and misused to obfuscate and mystify. For example, I love the word*sequestration*. For one thing, as a blogger, I've gone about as far as I can go with the *fiscal cliff*, as in:*"We're not afraid of the fiscal cliff. Many of us are already over it."* I even had the term banned as own of my New Year's resolutions. You've never heard it since t... more »

State auditors call for better oversight of migrant worker ed program SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: *State auditors call for better oversight of migrant worker ed program* *By Kimberly Beltran* Monday, March 04, 2013 Despite recent efforts to improve its oversight of the federally-funded migrant education program, the California Department of Education has not provided adequate guidance to the regional offices that administer the services, says a report from the state auditor released late last week. Instead, CDE has relied largely on the judgment of regional administrators and its individual program staff for decisions about allowable expen... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, March 4, 2013

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: [image: Stop Closing Schools]*Election 2013: Reform at center of LA Unified race* Education Headlines *Monday, March 4, 2013* Too much candy at school? Not everyone agreesClassroom snacks, incentive prizes and the goodies parents provide for holidays and birthdays are at the discretion of individual school districts, and there are very different rules among school boards about how to handle them. Sacramento region rural schools see rapid enrollment declinesSacramento City Unified captured headlines last month with its decision to... more »

UPDATE: It gets worse….Bridgeport: Finch puts Deputy Mayor Thompson in attack mode to protect Paul Vallas… - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Bridgeport: Finch puts Deputy Mayor Thompson in attack mode to protect Paul Vallas… - Wait, What?: It gets worse…. by jonpelto One of the votes in favor of extending Paul Vallas’ contract as Superintendent of Bridgeport Schools tonight will certainly be Democrat Reverend Kenneth Moales, Jr. Unlike the spectacular “It Gets Better Project” which communicates to youth around the world that it gets better, and seeks to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them, Kenneth Moales Jr. is a sad reminder that when it comes to politics, sometimes it actually gets wors... more »

UPDATE: SPS and Graduation Requirements Seattle Schools Community Forum: School Nurses Work Out Compromise on School Health Bill

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: School Nurses Work Out Compromise on School Health Bill: SPS and Graduation Requirements by Melissa Westbrook Well, color me surprised because I just did a spot-check of graduation requirements at some of our SPS high schools. SPS requires 20 credits to graduate. I'm not printing everything required but here are some basics: LA - 3 credits Social Studies - 3 credits Science - 2 credits PE - 2 credits What I jogged me to look this up was a comment I read that The Center School is a "prep" high school and has higher graduation requirements than SP... more »

Sequestration will devastate the most vulnerable school children | Lily's Blackboard

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Sequestration will devastate the most vulnerable school children | Lily's Blackboard: Pull Congress Over For Drunk Driving by Lily [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] The Spanish word for “hold hostage” is SECUESTRAR – The sequester is holding hostage all those who are about to get hit by the across-the-board meat ax. And these across-the-board automatic cuts *fall heavily on the heads of little children who are being held hostage in this political standoff.* I was talking to a radio host yesterday who assured me that the hostage-takers in Congress would inevitably h... more »

Principal: ‘I was naïve about Common Core’

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Principal: ‘I was naïve about Common Core’: Principal: ‘I was naïve about Common Core’ Posted by Valerie Strauss on March 4, 2013 at 10:15 am [image: common core 1]Here’s a powerful piece about how an award-winning principal went from being a Common Core supporter to an opponent. This was written by Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York. She was named the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. She is one of the co-authors of the principals’ letter against evaluating teachers by student test scores,... more »

A Tale of Two (Virtual) Students | EduShyster

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
A Tale of Two (Virtual) Students | EduShyster: A Virtual Charter Miracle (But Not a Milagro…) by edushyster2012 Virtual twins Chandra and Polly are exactly the same except that Chandra attends an academy of excellence and innovation while Polly goes to a union-stifled public school. Meet virtual twins Chandra and Polly. The two share a common strand of demographic and testing DNA, but while Chandra attends a local academy of excellence and innovation, Polly whiles away her short and ineffective days at a union-stifled public school in Boston. Now, thanks to some expert data analysi... more »

Schools Matter: Bruce Baker on the Final Piece of KIPP's 4 Million Dollar Study

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Schools Matter: Bruce Baker on the Final Piece of KIPP's 4 Million Dollar Study: Bruce Baker on the Final Piece of KIPP's 4 Million Dollar Study Not to worry. Gates, alone, has given tens of millions to the KIPP home office and many of its chains. Hundreds of millions of tax-sheltered dollars have been given by hedge funds, CEOs, corporate foundations, etc. Gates has a history with Mathematica, having paid almost a half-million dollars for some research in 2009 on another of his projects. If there is any doubt that Gates expects to get his money's worth, have a look at the des... more »

Shanker Blog » Data Driving Under The Influence

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Shanker Blog » Data Driving Under The Influence: Data Driving Under The Influence by Matthew Di Carlo In his State of the City address last month, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made some brief comments about the upcoming adoption of new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), including the following statement: But no matter where the definition of proficiency is arbitrarily set on the new tests, I expect that our students’ progress will continue outpacing the rest of the State’s[,] the only meaningful measurement of progress we have. On the surfa... more »

Schools Matter: Why Can't Corporate "Reformers" Get Their Spin Straight?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Schools Matter: Why Can't Corporate "Reformers" Get Their Spin Straight?: Why Can't Corporate "Reformers" Get Their Spin Straight? by John Thompson My first question was why Rick Hess took a sabbatical from his blog, Rick Hess Straight Up, and turned it over to someone who would promote the opposite of the “Billionaires Boys Club’s” vision of “reform.” Guest blogger Becca Bracy Knight wrote that system leaders should take a “team of rivals” approach. They should start with a listening tour and solicit ideas from the entire community. Knight promoted a decentralized approach whe... more »

Oberlin Cancels Classes After String of Bias Incidents |

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Oberlin Cancels Classes After String of Bias Incidents |: Oberlin Cancels Classes After String of Bias Incidents by Angus Johnston Oberlin College has cancelled classes for the day in the wake of “a report of a person wearing a hood and robe resembling a KKK outfit” walking around campus. But the cancellation isn’t a public-safety lockdown. The KKK sighting, which is still under investigation, is the latest in a string of bias incidents on campus. On five separate occasions in February, graffiti bearing swastikas and racial and homophobic slurs were left at various campus location... more »

Joy Resmovits: Saturday Night Live On Sequester; West Virginia Reform Battles: Ed Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Joy Resmovits: Saturday Night Live On Sequester; West Virginia Reform Battles: Ed Today: Saturday Night Live On Sequester; West Virginia Reform Battles: Ed Today by Joy Resmovits *SNL Takes On Sequester..* On Friday night, President Barack Obama signed an executive order activating the across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration" that came as a result of an ongoing political budget standoff. Saturday Night Live explains the sequester, having an Obama impersonator bring up examples of folks affected by these cuts. Start at 1:15 to see a Philadelphia public schools teach... more »

Pass / Fail : SAT college entrance exam, a dreaded rite of passage, to get another makeover | 89.3 KPCC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Pass / Fail : SAT college entrance exam, a dreaded rite of passage, to get another makeover | 89.3 KPCC: SAT, dreaded rite of passage, to get another makeover by Vanessa Romo *The SAT – that dreaded rite of passage for teenagers planning to go to college – will get a thorough redesign by the College Board. Credit: Sorcha/Flickr* Sometimes even a test can use a makeover. The SAT – that dreaded rite of passage for teenagers planning to go to college – will get a thorough redesign by the College Board. Details are about the changes have not yet been released. The last time the test wa... more »

Modern School: Even Union Run Charters Suck

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Modern School: Even Union Run Charters Suck: Even Union Run Charters Suck by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons The State University of New York’s (SUNY) Board of Trustees is voting today on whether or not to close the UFT Charter School in East New York, Brooklyn. UFT Charter School, which is run by the New York Teachers union (UFT) with UFT President Michael Mulgrew on its board of trustees, has been charged with a number of academic, financial and management failures, the New York Post reports. SUNY reviewers recently concluded that the school’s overspending has resul... more »

UPDATE: Who is Ernie Fuhr Jr.? + “We don’t have the votes yet.” – Nekritz. Keep calling those legislators. | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
“We don’t have the votes yet.” – Nekritz. Keep calling those legislators. | Fred Klonsky: Who is Ernie Fuhr Jr.? by Fred Klonsky The IEA posted the Vimeo of Jim Reed this weekend on Facebook. He was reporting on the IEA’s support for a progressive income tax and the return of Lobby Day on May 15th. Commenting on the post was a guy. Ernie Fuhr Jr. *I am a member and I’m a government teacher and here’s my “training session” for you: * *1) Please don’t presume that you speak for all of our members when you advocate for another tax increase. I do not recall that you asked my opinion.... more »

Schools Matter: NYT Loves Charter...Propaganda

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Schools Matter: NYT Loves Charter...Propaganda: NYT Loves Charter...Propaganda by P. L. Thomas I sent the letter below to the NYT, but it wasn't included. See the letters they did post HERE. Re: “Better Charter Schools in New York City” The recent editorial on NY charter schools (Stanford CREDO report) offers misleading praise about charter-based educational outcomes and reform. Carefully considered, charter school data from NY, like charter school data across the U.S., tend to have a range of student outcomes strongly associated with factors such as race and class. Those same cl... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Common Core is Not Just About Standards, it's also about Data Mining.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: Common Core is Not Just About Standards, it's also about Data Mining.: Common Core is Not Just About Standards, it's also about Data Mining. by stlgretchen Who knows where your child's data will end up and for what purpose? We've written through the years about Common Core and have been concerned about the data mining allowed to occur now that states use common assessments. The data mining is not just centered on educational information. This educational reform also requires personal information on students and their families. This is to create a man... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-4-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Breaking News: Louisiana Judge Tosses Out Jindal Tenure Law by dianerav A state district judge in Louisiana, R. Michael Caldwell, threw out the state law that was intended to make teacher tenure extremely difficult to get or keep. This is the same judge that held most of the law constitutional only a few months ago. He just reversed himself. Last December Bobby Jindal and John White were celebrating and praising the judge. Now the teachers of Louisiana are cele... more »

Louisiana Educator: What Do Real Edcuators Think About the Jindal Reforms?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Louisiana Educator: What Do Real Edcuators Think About the Jindal Reforms?: What Do Real Edcuators Think About the Jindal Reforms? by Michael Deshotels The recent LAE forums across the state highlighted much of the frustration teachers feel about the Jindal reforms, but also demonstrated the high level of professionalism and dedication of Louisiana teachers. I interviewed Ouachita Parish teacher, April Stockley after she made comments directed at local legislators at the forum in West Monroe. Ms Stockley, a 15 year veteran teacher who possesses National Board Certification, told ... more »

Parents United statement: Contracts should advance teaching & learning, not degrade them | Parents United for Public Education

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Parents United statement: Contracts should advance teaching & learning, not degrade them | Parents United for Public Education: Parents United statement: Contracts should advance teaching & learning, not degrade them by parentsunitedphila [image: Image] Last week’s announcement about appalling District proposals had us thinking that this cartoon might just be like negotiations at 440. Source: New Yorker, March 2013 [image: parents_united5.gif] *Parents United for Public Education: Statement on Philadelphia Teachers contract* Parents United for Public Education believes that the upco... more »

Keep promise to California’s new teachers and their students | EdSource Today

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Keep promise to California’s new teachers and their students | EdSource Today: Keep promise to California’s new teachers and their students - by Liam Goldrick by Liam Goldrick [image: liam-goldrick-200x252] California’s recognized national leadership on developing and supporting new teachers is at risk. That’s bad news for beginning teachers—and for the students they teach. Here’s why—and how we can fix it. More than 200,000 new teachers enter the profession annually across the United States—10 percent of them in California alone. As New Teacher Center (NTC) reported in our* **Rev... more »

What is digital literacy? | Connected Principals

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What is digital literacy? | Connected Principals: What is digital literacy? by Lyn Hilt [image: CC licensed photo shared via Flickr by s@lly]CC licensed photo shared via Flickr by s@lly Digital literacy is the topic that made the ETMOOC learning space so irresistible to me… I think as educators we spout off about wanting our students to be digitally literate, but not many of us (myself included) have a firm grasp about what that actually means, and quite a number of us are still attempting to become digitally literate ourselves. Whatever that means. It turns out, defining digital l... more »

The Education Games Endure – @ the chalk face

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
The Education Games Endure – @ the chalk face: The Education Games Endure by plthomasedd [image: @TCF on Blog Talk Radio] Writing about his students exploring George Orwell’s *Nineteen Eighty-Four* , Chris Gilbert explains: This idea is relevant because corporate education reformers deliberately mask history. In fact, their reforms require a forced forgetting, as the public will only embrace irrational notions if opposing ideas are concealed. Orwell’s words (below in quotes) are used here, as they were in my classroom, to expose misguided narratives and the history they obscure. ... more »

The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates, a national data bank, Wireless Gen…and FERPA? | Seattle Education

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The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates, a national data bank, Wireless Gen…and FERPA? | Seattle Education: The Road Map Project, Race to the Top, Bill Gates, a national data bank, Wireless Gen…and FERPA? by seattleducation2011 [image: road-of-money-e1356761688385-93125_700x309] One of the deals that we made with the devil when it comes to accepting Race to the Top dollars is the relinquishing of our children’s information. Gates and others have begun to collect information about our children from New York to LA and it is about to happen in Seattle thanks to the efforts o... more »

Big outside money pouring into L.A. school board races

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Big outside money pouring into L.A. school board races: Big outside money pouring into L.A. school board races Posted by Valerie Strauss on March 4, 2013 at 6:00 am 0 Comments More [image: l.a.]Local school board races used to be decided by local voters, but not anymore, at least in Los Angeles. Tuesday’s elections have attracted millions of dollars from outsiders who have a stake in the future of school reform in the country’s second-largest district. In fact, there is nothing ordinary about the races for three Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education: *Not the money*... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Center School Race and Social Justice Class Issue Heats Up

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Center School Race and Social Justice Class Issue Heats Up: Center School Race and Social Justice Class Issue Heats Up by Melissa Westbrook As Charlie previously reported (via The Stranger Slog), an issue has arisen in a class at The Center School where a student and his/her parents feel some of the material created"intolerable discomfort" for their student. I still don't have all the whys and whats about this issue but I am seeking clarification. I will put forth that I was wrong about further appeals. Upon examining the Superintendent procedure... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLES by Mike Klonsky Quotes are the actual fabric with which the mind weaves: internalizing them, but also turning them inside out, quarreling with them, adding to them, wandering through their architecture as if a single sentence were an expansible labyrinthine space. -- We Are What We Quote, Geoffrey O’Brien New York Times Editorial *The justices heard oral argument on the Shelby County case last Wednesday. This week’s events in Alabama should remind them of the enormous cost many Americans have paid to win the righ... more »

The Educated Reporter: EWA Webinar: Make the Most of Your Campus Visits

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
The Educated Reporter: EWA Webinar: Make the Most of Your Campus Visits: EWA Webinar: Make the Most of Your Campus Visits by Emily Richmond [image: EWA Logo] For education reporters, visiting schools is a chance to observe students, teachers, and administrators carrying out the business of learning. Unfortunately, the time available for these visits is often limited, which makes the occasions when you can get on campus all the more valuable. On Wednesday, EWA will host a webinar to introduce the latest in our series of Reporters' Guides, focusing on how to make the most of classro... more »

Daniel Borenstein: Time to slow West Contra Costa's deceptive school construction program - ContraCostaTimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Daniel Borenstein: Time to slow West Contra Costa's deceptive school construction program - ContraCostaTimes.com: Daniel Borenstein: Time to slow West Contra Costa's deceptive school construction program By Dan Borenstein Staff columnist Posted: 03/01/2013 05:00:00 PM PST Updated: 03/01/2013 05:13:52 PM PST Related - Document: West Contra Costa school district tax rate projections The West Contra Costa school district should slow its deceptive school construction program because it's pushing too much debt onto property owners and will soon exceed tax limits it promised voter... more »

As common core deadline looms, teacher training becomes major hurdle SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: As common core deadline looms, teacher training becomes major hurdle As common core deadline looms, teacher training becomes major hurdle *By Tom Chorneau* Monday, March 04, 2013 Most of the effort over the past two years aimed at preparing schools for the new common core curriculum has focused on developing instructional materials and assessments tied to the new standards. Now, as lawmakers consider a plan that calls for making the switch formal by the 2014-15 school year, there’s growing concern that the state’s 300,000 teachers may not b... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Wrap-Up of Board Retreat

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Wrap-Up of Board Retreat: Wrap-Up of Board Retreat by Melissa Westbrook (This is a quite long wrap-up of the latest Board retreat held this past Saturday. Not all will want to wade through it but I can say it allowed me to see how the Board is interacting and some issues within the group. I believe that all seem to have high regard for Superintendent Banda.) First, I have to say that this was a slightly odd Retreat as I had never been to this venue, The Hub Seattle, before. The set-up had us sitting in a seating area - with couches and chairs... more »

All Education Matters: Book Sold On Behalf of the Indentured Educated Class . . .

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
All Education Matters: Book Sold On Behalf of the Indentured Educated Class . . .: Book Sold On Behalf of the Indentured Educated Class . . . by Cryn Johannsen I am so pleased to announce that I just sold my book about the student loan debt crisis to Seven Stories Press. This is a great opportunity to widen the reach of our message, and it is a privilege to be working with such an amazing publishing house. The book's title is *Higher Ed, Greater Debt: The Student Loan Crisis*, and I am honored that Barbara Ehrenreich will be writing the Foreword (she also played a pivotal role in s... more »

K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents | Reuters

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents | Reuters: K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents (Reuters) - An education technology conference this week in Austin, Texas, will clang with bells and whistles as startups eagerly show off their latest wares. But the most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, addre... more »

Short Notes: The Realest Podcast You’ll Hear All Month (Thanks, Zac Chase) | The Jose Vilson

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Short Notes: The Realest Podcast You’ll Hear All Month (Thanks, Zac Chase) | The Jose Vilson: Short Notes: The Realest Podcast You’ll Hear All Month (Thanks, Zac Chase) by Jose Vilson [image: bin Laden Shake] bin Laden Shake A few notes: - Zac Chase interviews me on math, wrong answers, and *MisEducation of the Negro.* Gangsta.[Autodizactic] - Umair Haque spit some serious critique about the TED talk genre. Yes, I’ve done a TED talk. This is worth a read, still. [Storify] - Daniel Pink does a cool interview with Copyblogger on how he writes. Not every writer has ... more »

Bad O-PR-ah for TFA | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Bad O-PR-ah for TFA | Gary Rubinstein's Blog: Bad O-PR-ah by Gary Rubinstein Yesterday I watched, for the first time, an episode of Oprah’s new reality show ‘Blackboard Wars.’ The show chronicles a first year ‘turnaround’ high school in New Orleans which has been taken over by a charter company. New Orleans is ‘ground zero’ for the corporate reform model with a TFAer as state education commissioner and the Recovery School District which is mostly charters, often run and staffed by TFAers. I had not planned to watch this show and avoided the first two episodes. I know that a lo... more »

School Tech Connect: In Which I Allow You To Access This Content

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
School Tech Connect: In Which I Allow You To Access This Content: In Which I Allow You To Access This Content by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) I just read this comment from "Anonymous" over at *Catalyst. *Apparently it's some verbiage from the Charlotte Danielson framework, which has swept the nation. I don't know if it's real or not. Please tell me it's not real. "Teacher coordinates in-depth knowledge of content, students’ various needs, and available resources (including technology), to design units and lessons. Learning activities are fully aligned to standards-based learn... more »

We spoke to John Stoffel from Indiana tonight, make sure you give him a listen – @ the chalk face

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
We spoke to John Stoffel from Indiana tonight, make sure you give him a listen – @ the chalk face: We spoke to John Stoffel from Indiana tonight, make sure you give him a listen by Chalk Face, PhD [image: @TCF on Blog Talk Radio] You can listen to the show here. One brief comment about it, largely based on a good final point John made. Our little show means to give voices to people who are fighting this stuff, like teachers. I know this from personal experience: if you speak out against what you know is wrong, what the evidence says is wrong, you ARE going to be pegged “crazy,” ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Education This Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Education This Week: Seattle Education This Week by Melissa Westbrook *Wednesday, March 6th* Announcement of Charter Commission members by the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker of the House. Two-hour early dismissal for SPS. School Board meeting at 4:15 p.m. Agenda. It includes: - action on approving the contracts for the Arbor Heights rebuild (at about $24M which is much more in line with the costs in other districts) as well as for Cedar Park, Van Asselt*, John Marshall**, Thornton Creek (or "equivalent site), Pinehurst*** and Wilson... more »

Meet the L.A. school board candidates - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Meet the L.A. school board candidates - latimes.com: Meet the L.A. school board candidates Ten candidates are on the ballot next Tuesday for three seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Four of them are backed by high-cost independent campaigns on their behalf; the others have had difficulty getting their messages out. The campaign also has been marked by misleading negative campaign mail as well as by exaggerated claims. Here are thumbnails of all the candidates: *BOARD DISTRICT 2* * * [image: Robert D. Skeels for LAUSD School Board] * * *Robert D. Skeels*, 47, writer and rese... more »

Cornell University to offer the “hypodermic needle theory” of education in an attempt to colonize and groom future elites

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Cornell University to offer the “hypodermic needle theory” of education in an attempt to colonize and groom future elites: Cornell University to offer the “hypodermic needle theory” of education in an attempt to colonize and groom future elites by Danny Weil Before we explore elite Cornell University’s new course offering entitled “Waiting for Superman” and the connection between Bill Gates, Wall Street and the elite university a little history is in order. *The Powell Memo and the Growth of the Reactionary Right * As I wrote at Truthout.org back in August of 2012:[image: teacher] T... more »

PTA Children's Clothes Closet Sacramento Council PTA

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Sacramento Council PTA: [image: SAC COUNCIL LOGO] PTA Children's Clothes Closet PURPOSES OF THE PTA To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship. To raise the standards of home life. To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth. To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth. To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest adva... more »

Daily Kos: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Daily Kos: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking: The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) is the title of this story in today's *New York Times* by Eric Lichtblau. Lichtblau begins by telling of an effort begun 13 years ago at the Holocaust Museum to all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust. The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spannin... more »

Diane in the Evening 3-3-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Hopkinson: Is School Reform About Escaping Blackness? by dianerav Natalie Hopkinson is one of our nation’s most interesting and provocative writers. In this article, she asks the question that is the title of this post. She could have gone further to look at the strict disciplinary rules of the “no excuses” schools. Or the nearly all-white young teaching staffs in all-black schools. What is the subtext? I am sure we will more about these issues from her. Des Moines Reader Ask for Advice by dianerav A question ... more »

New Mexico Education Secretary's Hearings Bring More Light to Corruption in Education Reform - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
New Mexico Education Secretary's Hearings Bring More Light to Corruption in Education Reform - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: New Mexico Education Secretary's Hearings Bring More Light to Corruption in Education Reform by Anthony Cody Confirmation hearings for acting state secretary of Education Hanna Skandera in New Mexico took a decided turn towards the sensational yesterday, as testimony revealed details of the inner workings of what is looking more like a political machine advancing the combined interests of education "reformers" and the companies whose interest... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Michelle Rhee's Book Is A Huge Failure

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: Michelle Rhee's Book Is A Huge Failure: Michelle Rhee's Book Is A Huge Failure by Duke A week ago, I asked if Michelle Rhee's anti-teacher, anti-union screed book *Radical* was a flop. It hadn't cracked the *NY Times* bestseller list, and sales were not strong on Amazon: As I said, I know nothing about publishing, so maybe a book like *Radical* needs time to get traction - even if Rhee has been on a dream book tour that included many national media outlets including *The Daily Show*,*Charlie Rose*, and *This Week *(let's see if Diane Ravitch gets the same bookings ... more »






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