Thursday, December 3, 2015

Guest post: We need a shake-up at Seattle Public Schools | Seattle Education

Guest post: We need a shake-up at Seattle Public Schools | Seattle Education:

Guest post: We need a shake-up at Seattle Public Schools

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The recent storm of controversy created by the announcement of the Seattle Public Schools central office of plans to cut 25-28 teachers across the school district in late October, and well into the semester, required student classroom reshuffling and disruption and necessitated additional grade-split classes. It was another example of irresponsible management by the Seattle Public School district.  If Seattle expects to attract and retain a high caliber workforce and citizenry, our public school central management needs drastic improvement and Seattle parents are uniting to demand it.
What emerged in that controversy was a saga of the school district’s dodgy planning and data gathering, opaque process, blaming and excuses which resulted in more bad decisions that impact tens of thousands of students around the city.
WHERE’S THE DATA? While Seattle Public Schools (SPS) hatched and finalized its plans to cut teaching staff, they were unable to provide supporting enrollment data because “they are still working out those numbers” and relied on enrollment numbers that were not the most current.
BLAMING. Superintendent Nyland and his top staff blamed the severity of the cuts on the September teacher strike but could not point to any data to support their claims. They claimed similar cuts were happening around the state in October but when King 5 News reached out to other districts, only Kent reported making cuts in early September. 
VERY LOW BAR. Washington State has the dubious distinction of being 47th in the nation in class size, with only three states ranking worse. Planned cuts maintained these large classroom sizes thereby subverting Seattle voter’s mandate to reduce class sizes Guest post: We need a shake-up at Seattle Public Schools | Seattle Education:

After a $45 billion announcement, a question looms: What is personalized learning? - The Hechinger Report

After a $45 billion announcement, a question looms: What is personalized learning? - The Hechinger Report:

After a $45 billion announcement, a question looms: What is personalized learning?

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, plans to give away much of his wealth, and cites personalized learning as a particular interest



 remains to be seen exactly how and where Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, will spend the estimated $45 billion they’ve declared they will donate to charitable ventures, including education. But their announcement this week made one thing clear: in education, the two are focused on the potential of “personalized learning.”
For those who don’t follow education trends closely, the couple’s charity announcement Tuesday, in the form of anopen letter to their newborn daughter, served to introduce the idea of “personalized learning.” Many people equate it with any classroom that is technology-rich, but that isn’t always the case. Personalized learning can be achieved without high-tech tools, and the underlying concept reaches back long before computers were commonplace. Generally speaking, personalized learning gives students lessons that match their individual preferences and needs. Children get choice and flexibility in how they will spend their school day. They can move faster or slower than peers; they are, at times, autodidacts. The idea is that this will be more engaging, and also prepare students to be independent and take responsibility for their own progress,
Here’s a look at some of the projects in education that Zuckerberg has already announced. They provide clues to what types of projects might get money and technical support in coming years.
This story was written by The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation After a $45 billion announcement, a question looms: What is personalized learning? - The Hechinger Report:

The College Board under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business | deutsch29

The College Board under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business | deutsch29:

The College Board under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business





In 2009, the College Board was one of three nonprofits that were listed by name on the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to develop the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). (The other two were Achieve, Inc., and ACT.)
Though not specified by name in the CCSS MOU, David Coleman was also there with his standards-writing company that later became a nonprofit, Student Achievement Partners (SAP).
In May 2012, Coleman was selected president of the College Board (effective October 2012)– where he intended to deliver curriculum through College Board tests– but that’s okay because there is a “crisis in education,” and he is here to save the day:
Mr. Coleman’s new position will involve a continued focus on college readiness. “We have a crisis in education, and over the next few years, the main thing on the College Board’s agenda is to deliver its social mission,” he said in an interview on Tuesday. “The College Board is not just about measuring and testing, but designing high-quality curriculum.”
In February 2013, Coleman announced an SAT redesign, “so that it better meets the needs of students, schools, and colleges at all levels.” However, it seems that Coleman is royally botching meeting the needs of students, schools, and colleges before his touted redesign is even launched.
Coleman needs to forget his world-domination aims of revamping the SAT as a means of controlling curriculum. Apparently he is failing at providing an SAT free of typos, preventing widespread cheating due to recycling test forms, and delivering early scores on time.
Consider June 2015: The SAT had a typo in the testing time for one of its sections of the June 06, 2015, admission– 25 minutes instead of the correct 20 minutes. College Board’s response involved refunding testing fees and offering for students to retake in The College Board under David Coleman: Bad for SAT Business | deutsch29:

Through The Wire [This Is Still Not A Test] | The Jose Vilson

Through The Wire [This Is Still Not A Test] | The Jose Vilson:

Through The Wire [This Is Still Not A Test]

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No one asked me to write This Is Not A Test, but I still felt it necessary.
About two years ago, I was in the middle of one of the weirdest weeks of my life, capped off with my father passing away and me finding out 30 minutes before class started. My shoulders buckled, my face felt pulled an inch closer to the earth, and my feet felt light. I knew there was nothing I could do about it since his body was over a thousand miles away in Florida.
When I informed Liliana Segura, my editor, that my father passed, she asked if I needed time. I said, “Nah, gimme more.”
For about a year or two prior to my father passing, I struggled with this idea of a published book. How many people back then got their Internet-based thoughts turned into an IRL cover-bound thingie? In education, the chances were slimmer. I found myself staring at the Education section of Barnes & Noble, doing my research on what publishers call the market. I didn’t know that publishers paid for book placement, and whether the covers faced the customers or the spine did. All I knew was that there were no books that truly spoke to me from a K-12 educator as a K-12 educator.
With all due respect to folks to folks I call colleagues or even friends, all I saw were education professors, politicians, billionaires, journalists, and plenty of former educators who had friends in mainstream media spaces. What was a current classroom teacher to do? I tried the education publisher route, only to be rebuffed for being instructional enough. I tried the agent route, only to be rejected dozens of times, many of them citing that they didn’t know how to sell my story. I tried Through The Wire [This Is Still Not A Test] | The Jose Vilson:

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