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NYSUT Visits "Clueless" Cuomo and Fabulous Sandra Lee

I understand NYSUT EVP Andrew Pallotta, who bought a whole table at a Cuomo fundraiser and then claimed to oppose him, is sending a bunch of lucky NYSUT folks to a wing-ding over at the Governor's mansion on December 31st. I don't know whether or not Andy is going himself. Show More Summary

From Rap Music to Deep Learning Across the Curriculum

Why is rap artist Eminem considered to be such an impressive lyricist? And how does that help my students learn literature, history, current events, science, or mathematics? Here's why Eminem is an outstanding lyricist: So how does that...Show More Summary

Virginia of ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’ grew up to be a teacher

Whatever became of Virginia of “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” fame? Laura Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City was 8 years old in 1897 when, the story goes, she asked her father, Philip O’Hanlon, a coroner’s assistant, whether Santa Claus was real. O’Hanlon told her write to the Sun, a well-known newspaper, and […]

Macy’s gives its Santa musical to public schools for free — and gets tons of priceless publicity

Yes, Virginia, Macy’s has awarded cash gifts to public schools to perform its musical “Yes, Virginia,” an effort that is part of the company’s “commitment to arts education” — and that just so happens to promote Macy’s to young children and their teachers and parents. If you have no idea who Virginia is, here’s some background: […]

Would you demote a principal for this?

Misspelled school sign costs principal her job http://t.co/rZJctsW2TL — HuffPost Weird News (@HuffPostWeird) December 23, 2014 A sign at a Paterson public school in New Jersey with serious misspellings may have been the cause of the demotion of the school principal. CBS 2 in New York reported that the sign over the entryway to Public […]

A Christmas Miracle

I'm in Montreal right now. We drove here yesterday, and though it rained all day it wasn't really that bad. Sometimes you can be on the NY Thruway and either side of it feels like you're driving though a wading pool. That can be pretty scary on long drives. Show More Summary

Christmas Greetings!

Willow and his family would like to wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list

Here is veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo’s annual list for the best/worst education news of the year. Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. See if […]

Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list

Here is veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo’s annual list for the best/worst education news of the year. Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. See if […]

Revisiting Disintermediation - #Sony 's #TheInterview

Image Source: http://goo.gl/kVJ3Ia Earlier tonight, I had the opportunity to do my patriotic duty and support Sony by renting (via GooglePlay) The Interview. Isn't it amazing that spending money and being patriotic come together so perfectly?...Show More Summary

4th Grade Math Planet – Fun Math Game Curriculum

Combines fun activities, fact drills, and instructional scaffolding

Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)

Christmas is on Dec. 25, but it wasn’t always. Dec. 25 is not the date mentioned in the Bible as the day of Jesus’s birth; the Bible is actually silent on the day or the time of year  when Mary was said to have given birth to him in Bethlehem. The earliest Christians did not […]

Why is Christmas on Dec. 25? (It wasn’t always.)

Christmas is on Dec. 25, but it wasn’t always. Dec. 25 is not the date mentioned in the Bible as the day of Jesus’s birth; the Bible is actually silent on the day or the time of year  when Mary was said to have given birth to him in Bethlehem. The earliest Christians did not […]

Jeb Bush Staking His CorpEd Business Model on "Abject Failure" from Common Core Tests

My favorite part of this Bush clip from 2013 is this unintended candor, where Bush admits the purpose of the Common Core tests is to demonstrate "abject failure": When the NGA and NCSSO came together to approve Common Core, "there was...Show More Summary

A Teacher’s Thoughts on Testing

A colleague of mine shared with me An Open Letter to American From a Public School Teacher, by Michael Mau.  It is a really is a good read and gets you thinking. I know many educators who are questioning why they are still in education. The classroom educational experience has undergone many changes in the […]

Barbic and ASD Corporate Skinheads Draining Public Funds

Former charter CEO and current ASD superintendent, Chris Barbic, collects a salary that is larger than the superintendent of Shelby County Schools, which has over 100,000 students. Barbic oversees 10,000 students and a staff of 30 at ASD's downtown Memphis location. Show More Summary

Kansas NEA’s Finances

Kansas NEA received $813,557 in “NEA Project Advances.” Total membership – 26,278, down 733 Total revenue – $8.4 million (86% came from member dues), down $240,000 Budget surplus – $700,000 Net assets – $6.4 million Total staff – 59 Staff salaries and benefits – $5.9 million Highest paid employee – Claudette Johns, executive director, $110,533 base salary Highest paid […]

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