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AM News: Duncan Addresses Parent Priorities

Duncan: These Are The Things Parents Should Demand From Schools HuffPost: While speaking at the 2015 National Parent Teacher Association Convention and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duncan detailed a handful of rights he said all parents should be able to demand from their children's schools. Show More Summary

My #ISTE2015 Animated GIF Day

For many years I protested that I had no clear need to […]

When an orderly classroom is counterproductive

It seems obvious to assume that teachers try to maintain control of their classrooms to create an environment where kids learn. But, asks educator and writer Alfie Kohn, what if that isn’t always the case? Kohn ( takes an interesting look at the real purposes of classroom management in the following post. He is the […]

Living the Life of Riley: The Myth that Teachers Have It Easty

There has been a myth circulating, probably as old as time itself, that teachers have it easy. It is given credence by the fact teachers have their summers off and still get paid... Yet, if teachers truly had it easy, people would flock to the profession in droves. Show More Summary

Old School Summer

Although I still have two days left to work until I am officially on summer holidays (yes, June 30th this year…) I’ve already started on my summer project: learning to work with Linux through the command line and working on my Python skills. When I was a kid, my dad and I used to constantly […]

Anyone Want To Have a Real Conversation?

The reason I was drawn to blogs 10 years ago was the raw and natural tone they afforded. No longer publishing was relegated to perfectly edited prose but favored conversational, authentic voices. My recent foray into snapchat is largely about exploring the same thing but perhaps to a greater degree. Arriving at ISTE for the […]

5 thoughts from ISTE weekend

Five thoughts from the first couple of days here at the 2015 ISTE Conference… If “it’s not about the technology, it’s about the learning,” then why are we centering so many of our sessions on the tools? Are there uses of technology with students that would offend the majority of us so much that we [...]

Chip Kidd: The art of first impressions — in design and life

Topic: Books Book designer Chip Kidd knows all too well how often we judge things by first appearances. In this hilarious, fast-paced talk, he explains the two techniques designers use to communicate instantly — clarity and mystery — and when, why and how they work. Show More Summary

Three Convictions

The fun part of writing my latest book has begun – the second draft. It’s a bit like sculpting, looking at each paragraph, knocking out words that distract and inserting ones that enlighten. What’s really exciting is reading something that I had expressed poorly, and suddenly being able to fix it because I finally comprehend […]

American Law Librarian Cited in Recent US Supreme Court Decision

John Cannan, research and instructional services librarian at Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law in Philadelphia, made the history books on June 25.The United States Supreme Court opinion King v. Burwell cites Cannan's Law...Show More Summary

2015 Canadian Library Associastion Conference Presentations Available

The presentations from the recent 2015 conference of the Canadian Library Association in Ottawa are now available online: Whether you were unable to be with us in Ottawa or you want to access some of the resources made available by the...Show More Summary

A retiring principal says farewell to graduates, with advice from Winnie the Pooh

For 15 years, Carol Burris has been the award-winning principal of South Side High School in New York’s Rockville Centre School District. She is stepping down for reasons she explained in this recent speech, saying that she could no longer participate in standardized test-based school reforms and educator evaluation systems that she feels are wrong. […]

2015 Andrew Carnegie Winners

Each year, the American Library Association awards the Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. Honoring the festivities at this year’s annual conference in San Francisco were outgoing ALA president Courtney Young,...Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Robert Miller appointed CEO of LYRASIS, Michael Cox named Deputy Director of the Whatcom County Library System, Mary Margaret Farrell is Dean of Libraries at Clemson University, and more new appointments, hires, and promotions and other people news from the June 15, 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Victory, NYSUT and UFT Style

One of the great things about being a teacher union leader is you always win. You win when there are 22 components in Danielson and you fight back Bloomberg's call for only seven. You win again when there's a transfer plan that allows teachers to go where they wish. Show More Summary

Remembering The Team Who Taught Me So Much

Once upon a time in a land far away I met an incredible group of people. We created, collaborated and learned together. Our time together changed me forever. From 2007 to 2011 I was part of a very effective and productive team, we met and worked virtually. At first only through text and later voice […]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

If Jurassic Park Were In Different Geological Eras – YouTube tags: dinosaur video humor weekly Disney Parks Ban Selfie Sticks “Disneyland and Walt Disney World have officially banned selfie sticks inside the parks. In a statement to the press, a Disney spokesperson cited safety concerns as one of the reasons for the ban. “ tags:… Read More


How many of us get the big picture about what is happening to American Education? How many of us have seen the grand scheme? Scholars have followed the attempts to privatize education, one of the biggest industries in America, for 100 years. Show More Summary

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