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Our concerns about the common core are not just "noise"

Sent to Reading Today, November 27, 2014"Moving beyond the noise of the common core" (Nov/Dec 2014) reads like advice from a mature adult to excitable children: don't pay attention to the critics, just embrace the core. Focus on implementation, on making the common core work. Show More Summary

5 Tips about reporting to parents

You may not always think so after a long and gruelling parents' evening, but parents are your friends! By keeping them well-informed of their child's progress, you not only keep them happy but also may be able to enlist their assistance. One...Show More Summary

Walk And Learn With Dinosaurs

Awesome time travel adventure lets kids walk with the dinosaurs

Illuminations: Button Trains

It's filled with terrific lesson plans for pre-K through high school students.

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Contract Law

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is organizing a webinar on December 9, 2014 on contract law: "There are two goals: (i) to give a sense of what law school students study and learn in their first year contracts law class,...Show More Summary

Omaha Public Library director has submitted resignation

Omaha Public Library director Gary Wasdin has officially accepted a library director position with King County Library System. His last day with OPL will be Jan. 16. http://www.ketv.com/news/omaha-public-library-director-has-submitted-resignation/29946614

Beyond Hello: Ignite Your Passion for Discovery

Cross posted on The DEN blogs It’s been a great privilege of mine to organize and host several evenings across Canada called “Ignite Your Passion for Discovery”. These evenings are held in a local watering hole and feature passionate educators from the Discovery Educator Network and beyond sharing a story of passion be it in […]

Why we celebrate Thanksgiving every year. It isn’t what you think.

There is  an enormous amount of misinformation about the origins of the Thanksgiving holiday as we celebrate it today — including when, how and why it became a tradition in the United States. Here’s the real story, which I originally published last year. What Americans think they know about the history of Thanksgiving doesn’t always […]

Fraternities at California school suspended after waving of dildos during march against sexual assault

Leaders of the Greek community at San Diego State University have suspended all activities at the school’s fraternities indefinitely following reports that some frat members waved dildos and cursed at students who were protesting sexual assaults. This comes days after the University of Virginia suspended all campus fraternities — but only until Jan. 9 — […]

My Big Data Infographic

I’ve been working on a long-ish article about big data for my newsletter, Digital Education. To give you a hint of some of my misgivings, here is a diagram I prepared to illustrate some of my points. OK, so I'm sceptical about the value of big data. You may think that it’s not really an infographic, because it doesn’t contain any information. Show More Summary

Another Lesson on Union Officer Pay

An article by Jason Hart appeared on the Fox News web site today headlined “Teachers union boss loses 40,000 members, gets a raise.” It begins: National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel received a huge pay raise this year while the teachers union lost more than 40,000 members. Van Roekel, who retired this summer, was […]

Why can’t assessment be like feedback in eBay?

Can eBay teach us anything about assessment? At the Naace 2009 conference, John Davitt made an interesting point. As I recall, he said that when he started selling stuff on eBay he received more feedback on his performance than he’dShow More Summary

Federal Plans to Suck Remaing Air from Teacher Education Classrooms

Last summer corporate lackey, Arne Duncan, acknowledged that "testing issues today are sucking the oxygen out of the room in a lot of schools." In order to make his statement truer still, Gates and the USDOE just announced a 60 day comment period on a plan to use K-12 student test scores to grade teacher preparation programs. Show More Summary

Medicaid Coverage: Feds Clarify Obligations To Kids With Autism

Melanie Feazell works with Declan Byrne during an ABA session. Federal officials say states must provide treatment services like ABA for kids with autism on Medicaid. (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times/MCT)   “Medicaid programs nationwide...Show More Summary

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