Friday, September 5, 2014

Who is More Popular than US Sec of Education Arne Duncan? - NYTimes.com

Indian Leader’s School Visit Draws Fire - NYTimes.com:



Indian Leader’s School Visit Draws Fire






 NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appeared before millions of India’s schoolchildren, answering respectful questions with an avuncular twinkle for an hour and a half, and telling stories about his own school days.



Yet behind the seeming informality of the format was an elaborate, labor-intensive operation that had been put together in barely a week. The event provoked accusations from Mr. Modi’s opponents that it betrayed the heavy-handedness of his government.



The frantic planning began immediately once Mr. Modi’s aides made clear late last month that they wanted gatherings of students in every state for a broadcast to mark the annual Teachers’ Day.



More than one million students watched the program at their schools in Delhi alone, a representative of the Directorate of Education, which monitored the program’s attendance, told The Press Trust of India.



Mr. Modi has had few encounters with reporters since becoming prime minister and has instructed top government officials to avoid journalists, but he seemed to enjoy the session with the students.



Speaking without notes, he made a brief speech before about 700 children at the Manekshaw Convention Center in Delhi before taking questions, first from students in the auditorium, then from others by satellite, including from very remote parts of India.



He advised one boy with political ambitions to start preparing for the 2024 elections. “Till then, I do not have any threat,” he said.



One child asked him if he had ever played pranks as a schoolboy.



“When two people stood, whoever the two people were, ladies or gentlemen, we would hold their clothes together and staple them, then run away,” he said, amid laughter.



“But promise me you would not do this to anyone,” he quickly added.



A letter from Delhi’s Directorate of Education issued last week came with a list of arrangements to be made for the broadcast. The start of the school day was moved to 1 p.m. and heads of schools were directed to “make available” televisions, projectors and equipment that could be used in case of an electricity shortages. “Any laxity in the arrangements shall be viewed seriously,” wrote Padmini Singla, director of education for Delhi’s schools.



In an open letter to Mr. Modi in The Indian Express newspaper, Yogendra Yadav, a spokesman for the Aam Aadmi Party, complained about the changes the broadcast caused at his own daughter’s school.



He wrote that his daughter had no objection to listening to Mr. Modi, but “what she doesn’t understand is why she could not do so on TV at home.”



“It’s a free country, she says, why can’t I have a choice?”



One student remarked that people say Mr. Modi is like a “headmaster,” but that he appeared to her to be a kind man. “What kind of person are you?” she asked.



“I am a taskmaster,” Mr. Modi replied.



The Rev. Babu Varghese, the principal of the Don Bosco School, a Roman Catholic boys’ school in South Delhi, complained about the short notice for coordinating the session. He said that representatives from the Directorate of Education had told teachers that it was “compulsory.”



At Don Bosco, hundreds of students were corralled into a cramped Indian Leader’s School Visit Draws Fire - NYTimes.com:

All Things Education: Pre-doctoral program warm-up: A look at high school teacher turnover in Hanover County, Virginia

All Things Education: Pre-doctoral program warm-up: A look at high school teacher turnover in Hanover County, Virginia:



Pre-doctoral program warm-up: A look at high school teacher turnover in Hanover County, Virginia

This past summer in conjunction with a local public education advocacy group, Friends of Hanover Schools, that I was a part of, I engaged in a little pre-doctoral program warm-up. 

At a Hanover County School Board forum in the spring, I had expressed concern about high school teacher turnover  and was told more or less that my concerns were unfounded. Other members of the FOHS leadership team had also been long concerned about high school teacher turnover, so after they and I spent some time gathering information from the division, I compiled a report of my findings. Other members of the leadership team gave feedback and provided edits for the final version. I may do something with this later or I may decide it is too J-V :)

Here is a summary with links to the documents I used:


In the 2013-2014 school year, Hanover County Public Schools increased high school teachers’ workload and they went from teaching five of seven classes a day to teaching six of eight. After teachers protested the policy, saying it would affect the quality of instruction and feedback they’d be able to give students, Friends of Hanover Schools began to hear reports of low morale, of higher than average teacher resignations and retirements, and of increasing numbers of teachers seeking positions elsewhere. I took a closer look at the data regarding teacher turnover in Hanover and compiled a report of my findings which was distributed to school division leadership.

According to budget and retirements and resignations data provided by Hanover County Public Schools, the combined turnover rates for all four of the comprehensive high schools are:
School yearResignRetireTotalTotal teachersPercentage turnover
2004-200530636502.1917.17%
2005-200656561480.7312.69%
2006-200753760492.49112.18%
2007-2008551469500.49113.79%
2008-200927431496.3916.25%
2009-2010331043487.1918.83%
2010-2011381149474.19110.33%
2011-201231738465.9918.15%
2012-2013421153452.99111.70%
2013-2014*35540440.9919.07%
10 year average400804804795.64910.01%
*The data for 2013-2014 is as of August 6, 2014.

Other than the schedule re-alignment, several factors may have influenced teacher turnover in Hanover County such All Things Education: Pre-doctoral program warm-up: A look at high school teacher turnover in Hanover County, Virginia:

SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Progressive Lecture Series

SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: Progressive Lecture Series:



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CTA Launches Back to School Ad Campaign- California Teachers Association

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CTA Launches Back to School Ad Campaign

Contact: Frank Wells (562) 708-5425 or Claudia Briggs (916) 325-1550.

TV, Radio, Print Ads Focus on Teacher-Led Reforms and Well-Rounded Education that Ensures Student Success



As educators, we know what really works to improve student learning. It’s why we’ve led efforts to turn around hundreds of lower-performing schools. Work with parents to help their kids at home....and know smaller class sizes matter. A well-rounded education…includes art and music. With career and technical training…and affordable college for everyone. So, if YOU have questions about your local school…or education in California. Ask a teacher. The California Teachers Association. Educators who know quality public schools make a better California for all of us.

BURLINGAME—The California Teachers Association launched a series of television, radio, print and online ads this week. The ads spotlight teacher-led reforms and the need for a well-rounded education as well as stopping the overemphasis on standardized testing, all of which leading to strong public schools and student success.
In the ads, teachers speak up about successful educator efforts to turn around low performing schools, and the need for proven reforms like smaller class sizes and curriculum that includes art, music, and career-technical education and urge the public to discuss education with a classroom teacher who has the expert knowledge about what students need to succeed. All the ads can be viewed and heard here.
The ads will run in every media market in California including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Fresno, Sacramento, and Santa Barbara. Both English and Spanish versions of the ads are in rotation. Print ads in 12 different languages will run in statewide ethnic newspapers—including Asian, Latino and African American. The campaign will also include online ads focusing on the quality public schools and colleges all students deserve.
The educators appearing in the commercials are Rosi Alvarez, Yuba City Teachers Association; Terry Barber, Elk Grove Education Association; Karina Curiel, Gonzales Teachers Association; Charlie Turner, California Faculty Association; Adam Ebrahim, Fresno Teachers Association; Janet Robertson, Fairfield-Suisun Unified Teachers Association; Carol Peek, Ventura Education Support Professionals Association; and Peter Fuentes, Elk Grove Education Association.
“It’s important for the public to hear from educators as we are settling in to the new school year. Bringing educators into homes in our communities creates a connection to what we all want for our students, schools and colleges,” said CTA President Dean E. Vogel. “That’s why these ads are so important. We encourage parents and community members to work with educators in our schools, because when we work together we all make a difference. So, if you have a question about your local public school, ask a teacher.”
The campaign is part of an annual effort to highlight public education issues as California students head back to school in the fall.

Tim Slekar: Ask Scott Walker and Mary Burke meaningful questions about education : Ct

Tim Slekar: Ask Scott Walker and Mary Burke meaningful questions about education : Ct:



Tim Slekar: Ask Scott Walker and Mary Burke meaningful questions about education





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News media are missing the point by covering the political back-and-forth over education policy between Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke, says blogger Tim Slekar.
“Who cares?” writes Slekar, dean of the School of Education at Edgewood College, in response to a Wisconsin State Journal article about Walker’s Twitter attack on Burke’s track record as a member of the Madison School Board.
“Charters, choice, teachers, standards, blah, blah, blah. Our achievement gap is simply a measure of the opportunity we fail to provide children living in poverty,” Slekar writes in Busted Pencils, a new education blog.
Stop with the distractions and ask some meaningful questions. Better yet, ask the candidates one simple question, Slekar writes.
See Slekar's blog for that question.


Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/pat_schneider/tim-slekar-ask-scott-walker-and-mary-burke-meaningful-questions/article_472cb462-350a-11e4-ad04-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz3CUmx4Tjh




BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils

BustED Pencils - Fully Leaded Education Talk - BustED Pencils:






BustED Pencils: Fully Leaded Education Talk is a progressive talk radio show. The show is hosted by Dr. Tim Slekar and Dr. Jed Hopkins.

Nite Cap 9-5-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT



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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