Wednesday, December 18, 2013

AFT’s Weingarten on Trial Urban District Assessment Results

AFT - A Union of Professionals - AFT’s Weingarten on Trial Urban District Assessment Results:

AFT's Weingarten on Trial Urban District Assessment Results



Weingarten: "These results show incremental progress despite the challenges urban schools face, but poverty and economic inequality—as economists and even the Pope have acknowledged—will stymie long-term gains unless policymakers face these issues head-on."
WASHINGTON—Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the Trial Urban District Assessment results:
"These results show incremental progress despite the challenges urban schools face, but poverty and economic inequality—as economists and even the Pope have acknowledged—will stymie long-term gains unless policymakers face these issues head-on.
"Noteworthy are the substantial gains in mathematics and reading made by D.C. fourth-graders since 2003, as they were the first tested group to benefit from the city's universal pre-K program. Conversely, Cleveland was the lowest-scoring district and had the smallest gains in mathematics; it also had the highest percentage of low-income students.
"Data like this is an important reflection point. Some would use it to double down on our country's testing fixation, which more and more is not simply taking the joy out of schools but is not even measuring the skills and knowledge necessary for students to be prepared for the 21st century. Instead, if we want to see sustainable, scalable progress for our kids, it's time to invest in strategies such as preparing teachers, giving them the time and tools to teach, providing students with project-based and experiential learning, and providing timely interventions like pre-K and tutoring to help disadvantaged students—as top-performing U.S. districts and countries do. We must also use assessments to inform instruction and student learning, not as a pretext to punish or sanction.
"Let's take a moment to honor and thank the teachers and students in our urban districts who work hard under difficult conditions."

The Educated Reporter: Closing the Gaps: Improving Outcomes and Opportunities for English Language Learners

The Educated Reporter: Closing the Gaps: Improving Outcomes and Opportunities for English Language Learners:

Closing the Gaps: Improving Outcomes and Opportunities for English Language Learners



This week, we're revisiting some of the top sessions from EWA's 66th National Seminar held at Stanford University. We asked journalists who attended to contribute posts, and today's guest blogger is Trevon Milliard of the Las Vegas Review-JournalStream any session from National Seminar in your browser, or subscribe via RSS or iTunes. For more on diversity in public education, visit EWA's Story Starters online resource. 

More than 5.3 million American public school students would struggle to understand this sentence.

These students need to be taught the English language in addition to the usual material in math, science and social studies, presenting a monumental challenge for educators nationwide, according to Patricia Gandara, a UCLA education professor whom President Barack Obama appointed to the Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She is also co-director of the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles.

“In the words of teachers themselves, they don’t feel qualified,” said Gandara, 

Carmen Farina to be Named New NYC DOE Chancellor southbronxschool.com

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Carmen Farina to be Named New NYC DOE Chancellor

A high level source within the NYC DOE has shared with The Crack Team at SBSB that Carmen Farina will be named as new chancellor of the Department of Education.

Another close source to The Crack Team has given Ms Farina a thumbs up and thinks naming her is a great choice.

Of course, the proof is in the pudding and we don't want to get too far ahead of ourselves with either praise or condemnation. What we do like is that Ms. Farina has risen through the ranks from teacher to principal to superintendent to deputy chancellor. Just with that on her resume she has more cred than anyone in the upper echelon of the DOE.

Just as an aside, our source shared with The Crack Team that to get rid of the current evaluation system we might have to give up retroactive raises. But that is a story for another time.

One way to tell what kind of chancellor Ms Farina will be is to check what the Post, deformers, hedge fund managers, and Eva have to say in the aftermath of making it official. If their 

Scatter-shooting the Sitting Ducks — US Americans Believe Education is Broken | Dissident Voice

Scatter-shooting the Sitting Ducks — US Americans Believe Education is Broken | Dissident Voice:

Scatter-shooting the Sitting Ducks — US Americans Believe Education is Broken

but they still believe the Sun revolves around the Earth . . . and, well, that US of Amerika is the best country since, well, Eden!
“Of all our studies, history is best qualified to reward all research.”
-Malcolm X [el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz]
“If you don’t know history, it is as if you were born yesterday.”
-Howard Zinn
The new hyper rich — the IT-AI-Robotics-Virtual-Info/Data/Surveillance Jammers with their Tweeter IPO orgasm and bit-coin realm of worthless junk trading – they are probably worse than the old robber barons, the Carnegies, the Rockefellers, the entire genocidal and resource and cultural stealing folks with their names not just plastered and etched on concert halls, libraries and philanthropic organizations, but their dead influence on some of the biggest non-profit grant organizations in the world, ones that have people with their loose fingers into everything that should be PUBLIC goods, PUBLIC welfare, PUBLIC safety, PUBLIC space.
This is the issue, now, then, in Amerika, around the globe – Do communities produce anything, learn how to take back and take care, learn that interlopers like the Intels and Boeings and Googles are not members of a community of place?
Our enemies are the virtual people with virtual ideals whose bank accounts swell with the corporate welfare dollars and the dollars of our own national collective health.
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They are the dialing for dollars and Lotto mavens. They want more-more-more. They want disruption, implosion, a new-new world that is imagined by ethically-vacant people who think that the world goes better with Coke and Computers.
They count on false dialogue, false accusations, false science, false ethics. They count on homey stories of America the great, the land of opportunity, the great melted pot, err, melting caldron of false ideas and a buck made a second on idealess ideals.
They live in myth, and they want some idea cooked up in GIS-Computer 

The Ignorant Mindset Destroying American Education

The Ignorant Mindset Destroying American Education:

The Ignorant Mindset Destroying American Education

by EDWARDBERGER on DECEMBER 19, 2013



To get the most out of this blog, view Ted Talks 2011 – Knowledge Is Power.  #1:  Sir Ken Robinson; and  #5: Salman Kahn, and the Kahn Academy.
I selected these two excellent presentations for many reasons, but the most important reveal is when Bill Gates comes on stage with Salman Kahn. His reaction and comments – those of a major player in the reform movement – are perhaps the best example of what billionaires who have never done the hard work necessary to understand our public schools and what teachers do, create ideological, (not real) solutions to complex problems.
These billionaires are able to force the adoption of harmful and destructive ideologies, the consequences of their limited understanding, on America’s schools. Perhaps they have influence because politicians and some bureaucrats assume that Wealth = Intelligence?  How else can one explain inBloom, Common Core, High Stakes Testing, Race To The Top, NCLB, SAT,  teacher evaluation based on false data from student test scores, and other education-adverse implants?
“Reformers,” like Gates, Broad, Rhee, Duncan (and many others) have never learned mastery of subjects and how to teach them, basic knowledge of learning styles, maturation/learning 

CASU | CALIFORNIA STUDENT UNION : : Our struggles are one. Our victories are one. *** This site is currently under construction. Please bare with us as we update resources, links, etc. Thank you. ***

CASU | CALIFORNIA STUDENT UNION : : Our struggles are one. Our victories are one. *** This site is currently under construction. Please bare with us as we update resources, links, etc. Thank you. ***:


Inside Chile's Student Movement

Inside Chile’s Student Movement

The Center for Latin American Studies and the Berkeley Law School present a talk with Giorgio Jackson, one of the leaders of Chile’s student movement, from November 30, 2011. Over the past 20 years Chile has made significant strides in expanding access to higher education. However, much of this expansion has been achieved through for-profit …

Common Core
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Charter Schools
[Synopsis to come... If you would like to help conduct & analyze research, please send us an email at castudentunion@gmail.com and let us know!] Sources Why the racist history of the charter school movement is never discussed | Christopher Bonastia | AlterNet At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice | Motoko Rich | NYTimes.com Charter Schools For […]
On Accessibility & Inequality
[Synopsis to come... If you would like to help conduct & analyze research, please send us an email at castudentunion@gmail.com and let us know!] Sources Report documents how higher education exacerbates racial inequities | Doug Lederman | Inside Higher Ed In budget cuts, low-income students suffer more than wealthy ones | Suzy Khimm | MSNBC […]
The Corporate/Neoliberal Attack on Education
[Synopsis to come... If you would like to help conduct & analyze research, please send us an email at castudentunion@gmail.com and let us know!] Resources ‘Teachers’ Letters To Bill Gates’ Website Reveals 7 Major Things Educators Want The Mogul To Know | Huffington Post Bill Gates Imposes Microsoft Model on School Reform: Only to Have the … Continue reading »

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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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