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Fun Interview – Check it out!

I was recently interviewed by Angela Hursh, the Content Team Leader for the Marketing Department at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Angela has a cool new blog called Content Marketing for Libraries. Go subscribe to it right now! Anyway … it was a fun interview. Here are the questions she asked me. If […]

Send More Fan Mail to Arne on His Teacher Prep Plans

The oligarchs and the education industry are pushing for teacher education to be turned into paternalistic test prep, and it will happen unless those who came up with this ill-advised plan know that to do so will be too dangerous or too expensive, or both. Show More Summary

Library social worker helps homeless seeking quiet refuge

Meet the nation's first full-time library social worker. Instead of trying to keep homeless residents from taking shelter in the urban haven of public libraries, San Francisco has adopted a new approach: employing a trained professional to address the needs of these visitors. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports.

AM News: Spending On K-12 Education Dropped - Again

Nation’s per-pupil K-12 funding fell for second consecutive year in 2012 Washington Post: After more than a decade of increases in per-pupil funding for K-12 public schools, the nation’s per-pupil spending dropped in 2012 for the second year in a row, according to data released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Show More Summary

Rookie Javascript Mistakes

I frequently can accomplish things by cobbling together code I find on Stack Overflow and various tutorials/examples found elsewhere. Sometimes I have a decent idea what’s going. Other times... my lack of real understanding slows me down much more than I’d like. The following bits of increased knowledge come from playing around … Continue reading Rookie Javascript Mistakes

Can I Insist on an Evidenced-Based Reading Program?

I have a quick reading question. My 5 year old has Down syndrome.  I’ve read the research about an evidenced-based intervention program designed to teach reading and language skills to children with DS. I think it is the very best approach to teaching him to read. How can I insist the school use this program? […]

Teacher Torture Takes Tumble

On Monday, I'm told that the 80-minute session of whatever was canceled due to the impending snowstorm. Doubtless that broke the hearts of teachers citywide, who were eager to do inquiry, listen to speeches about precisely how perfidious...Show More Summary

Statistics Canada Article on Twenty-Year Decline in Crime Rate

Statistics Canada has started a series on "Megatrends" that highlights some of the sweeping changes that have had a lasting impact on Canadian society.The most recent Megatrends article is Canada's crime rate: Two decades of decline:...Show More Summary

Interview With Newly Retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louis LeBel

The National, the magazine of the Canadian Bar Association, has published an article based on a recent interview with Justice Louis LeBel who retired from the Supreme Court of Canada on November 30, 2014: "Many of LeBel’s former colleagues describe him as a distinguished and sharp-witted legal intellectual. Show More Summary

How school reform has failed the test

Few education policies are built from a deep knowledge of schools, the teachers who work in them, or the students who attend them. In an article in The American Scholar’s Winter, 2015 edition, scholar Mike Rose takes us into life in the classroom, and from that vantage point examines the pitfalls of contemporary school reform. […]

Journalism: Washington Post Doubles Down In National Coverage

Some of you have noticed Emma Brown's byline on national education stories coming out of the Washington Post recently, and indeed the former DC Public Schools reporter is joining Lyndsey Layton covering the big beat starting this month. Show More Summary

ALA Midwinter Schedule - 2015

This is tentative, and, as always subject to change. Unlike my friend Aaron Dobbs, I did not break the scheduler this year.

Expanding Support for Chromebook #Istation #dell

In August last year Gartner forecast that Chromebook sales would reach 5.2 million units in 2014, a 79 percent increase from 2013, and that by 2017 sales would grow to 14.4 million units. (Source: ZDnet) Before we get to the two announcements,...Show More Summary

Campaign 2015: LA School Board Candidate Won't Attend United Way Debates

Pay no attention to the mis-captioned candidate pictures (the names for Rodriguez and Thomas were switched but have now been fixed) or or the hipster spelling of "yamaka" (I blame Hillel) or even the sloppy screenshot job of the original version of the captions (courtesy: me). Show More Summary

Why a new Bill Gates interview depressed Larry Ferlazzo

Larry Ferlazzo is an award-winning veteran educator who teaches English and social studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. Ferlazzo just read an interview that Bill Gates — the biggest […]

NEA Rhode Island’s Finances

Here are the figures for NEA Rhode Island. Total membership – 11,216, up 424 Total revenue – $4.4 million (82% came from member dues), down $28,000 Budget deficit – $210,000 Net assets – $3.3 million Total staff – 30 Staff salaries and benefits – $3.3 million Highest paid employee – Robert Walsh, executive director, $261,012 base salary […]

Will Rudd Hold Open Meetings on Corporate Teacher Training Plans at UofM?

On January, 14 U. of Memphis president, David Rudd, attended a faculty meeting to provide some answers regarding the plan to create a teacher education caste system inside the College of Education. (See previous stories here, here, here,...Show More Summary

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