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If You Think Ending Charter Co-location is a Good Idea, Read This!

Posted this morning at Memphis Schools Matter: A headline by Chalkbeat Tennessee would lead us assume that public schools have scored a big victory: Shelby County to pull kids from schools shared with ASD: Co-location to end next Fall. Show More Summary

AM News: Torlakson/Tuck Spending Surpasses Governor's Race X3

Schools chief race most expensive statewide race EdSource Today: The battle for California's State Superintendent of Public Instruction race is now the most expensive statewide race this year, surpassing spending in even the Governor's race by three times, and it is also the most expensive State Superintendent race in at least 12 years. Show More Summary

High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’

Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for 17 years as a fourth-grade teacher  in New York’s Great Neck Public School district. Her students consistently  outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests, and  Thomas Dolan, the superintendent of Great Neck schools, signed an affidavit saying “her record is flawless” and that “she is highly […]

High-achieving teacher sues state over evaluation labeling her ‘ineffective’

Sheri G. Lederman has been teaching for 17 years as a fourth-grade teacher  in New York’s Great Neck Public School district. Her students consistently  outperform state averages on math and English standardized tests, and  Thomas Dolan, the superintendent of Great Neck schools, signed an affidavit saying “her record is flawless” and that “she is highly […]

The problem with tests that are not standardized

We know all about the many problems with standardized tests. But what about non-standardized tests? Is there a problem with them, too? Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, believes that there is in, as he explains in the following post. His most recent book is “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: […]

UC Berkeley won’t let students cancel Bill Maher commencement speech

Last May, students and alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Education sought to get Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston disinvited as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker because they disagreed with his embrace of standardized test-based school reform. Johnston wound up speaking, but it was just one episode in what has been called “disinvitation season,” in […]

The problem with tests that are not standardized

We know all about the many problems with standardized tests. But what about non-standardized tests? Is there a problem with them, too? Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org), who is the author of 13 books, believes that there is in, as he explains in the following post. His most recent book is “The Myth of the Spoiled Child: […]

UC Berkeley won’t let students cancel Bill Maher commencement speech

Last May, students and alumni from the Harvard Graduate School of Education sought to get Colorado state Sen. Michael Johnston disinvited as the school’s 2014 commencement speaker because they disagreed with his embrace of standardized test-based school reform. Johnston wound up speaking, but it was just one episode in what has been called “disinvitation season,” in […]

The old body mistaken for a mannikin gag

8 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Workers in a Florida city disposed of a mannikin. Well, what they thought was one: [T]wo workers hired to clean out a house believed the body of a man who hanged himself in the garage was a mannequin used for...

A Third Leg for StreamMode vs StateMode

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by Marco Colin The thing about Mike Caulfied posts is that they work their way into your mind (“Captain, he put CREATURES… in our brains”). In What Iterative Writing Looks LikeShow More Summary

How Can You Decide Among Competing Responsibilities?

Students learn six ideas to consider when there are conflicting responsibilities.

Human dolls from the dead

13 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

"You abandoned your girls in the cold - and I brought them home and warmed them up" A Russian court ruled that a historian was unfit to stand trial. His crime? Digging up corpses, then turning them into dolls. Anatoly...

We shouldn’t be carnies

The carnival comes to town. It’s exciting, it’s thrilling, it is SUPER fun. But then it leaves and we’re back to business as usual. Does this describe our technology integration activities? Or our STEM programs? Or our PBL projects? Momentary, short-term bursts of interest and excitement followed by the regular same old, same old? We [...]

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Here Comes #EduWeen14

Three decades after order, Denver schools struggle to teach English - Denver Post http://ow.ly/DzjJE @yeseniarobles via @annenberginst #5: Sean McComb - 2014 National Teacher Of The Year by Education on Tap http://ow.ly/DAE5O "A strange...Show More Summary

The Architecture of American Literacy

Article from CityLab about Washington, DC's Spy Library proposed additions to the classic Carnegie Library. The request was however denied by District preservationists. Across the nation, the libraries that Andrew Carnegie built have...Show More Summary

The Architechture of American Literacy

Article from CityLab about Washington, DC's Spy Library proposing adding additions to the classic Carnegie Library. The request was however denied by District preservationists. Across the nation, the libraries that Andrew Carnegie built...Show More Summary

An account of exactly how students cheated on SAT in Asia

Counselors at international schools in Asia are reporting allegations of cheating on the Oct. 11 administration of the SAT in more countries than the two  that were the original focus of an investigation — and one counselor said he was struck by the “ease at which one can cheat.” On Wednesday, the Educational Testing Service said […]

An account of exactly how students cheated on SAT in Asia

Counselors at international schools in Asia are reporting allegations of cheating on the Oct. 11 administration of the SAT in more countries than the two  that were the original focus of an investigation — and one counselor said he was struck by the “ease at which one can cheat.” On Wednesday, the Educational Testing Service said […]

professional news and thank yous

This title sounds fancy but mostly I needed to play catch-up and this seems like the best way to do that. Hi. In the past month I’ve done two public speaking type things that went well and some other stuff. I’ve been remiss in sharing them in a timely fashion. So now I’m sharing them [...]

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