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Creepy clowns spread north to New York state

The Great Clown Panic of 2016 marched north this week, reaching New York state. On Monday night, a woman at the Fox Run Apartments in Clifton Park reported seeing what she described as a “creepy clown” lurking outside one of...

Understanding KIPP Model Charter Schools, Part 10

In the Part 9 from Work Hard, Be Hard: Journeys through "No Excuses" Teaching, Barbara Veltri provided some details on the role that Teach for America plays in sustaining the paternalistic "no excuses" corporate reform schools. Part 10 picks up where that chapter left off. Show More Summary

Importing CSV into Google Sheets via Google Script

flickr photo shared by OSU Special Collections & Archives : Commons with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) As part of a future project, I’m looking for easy, automated ways to push/pull CSV files around. Initially I thought I’d...Show More Summary

Library Leaders Ignore Organizational Politics at Their Own Risk | Leading from the Library

Do we do ourselves a disservice when we believe that hard work and playing by the rules are enough to be a successful leader? As leaders, do we hurt the library when we fail at institutional politics?

Miami Union Backs Republican Incumbent, State Affiliate Backs Democratic Opponent

A teacher in Miami-Dade County could be such a committed unionist that he/she contributes to both the political action committee of the United Teachers of Dade (UTD) and that of its state affiliate, the Florida Education Association (FEA). That teacher will soon be in the position of contributing to both sides of a state senate […]

Workshopping what’s needed: going deep on elearning

Are you ready to really try to make a change in what you’re doing? It’s past time, both at the level of our elearning design, and at the level of elearning strategy.  And now you have the chance to do something about it, because I’m holding workshops addressing each. Show More Summary

AFT Opens the Door for IBM

The NYTimes reports that IBM's supercomputer has moved beyond winning Jeopardy games against human opponents. With the support and assistance of AFT's Randi Weingarten, IBM's Watson has now taken on Common Core 3rd grade math instruction as the initial step for becoming the lead teacher for U. Show More Summary

Mediation: PERSONS PRESENT AT MEDIATIONS

Mary: We have an attorney and an educational consultant. Attorney suggests educational consultant can not be called as expert witness in our case if we do not reach an adequate Continue Reading ?

Placement: HIGH PERCENT OF SPED STUDENTS IN INDEPENDENT STUDY PROGRAM

Mari:  My school district regularly places special education students in the alternative education independent study school. If the parents complain and threaten to pull their child, they offer it as Continue Reading ?

Classwork: ACCESS TO CLASSWORK

Cynthia:  My children attend a school district where it seems it is unspoken policy that students are not allowed to remove unfinished classwork from the classroom regardless of whether any Continue Reading ?

Parent Rights: CASE MANAGER REMOVES PARENT FROM IEP TEAM

Barbara: I am a special education teacher as well as a parent of a child who is served in the special education program. Our county uses the state online IEP Continue Reading ?

Transportation: UNILATERAL DECISION – NO EC CHILDREN RECEIVE TRANSPORTATION

Andrea:  I have combed through the law and cannot find anywhere where a loophole could possibly allow a school district to make a decision that all EC children do not Continue Reading ?

When The Answer is Both

Should schools prepare students for college and careers or to be good citizens? When it comes to teaching Math, should we focus on procedures or problem solving? Should learning be fun or hard? Do we want students to consume contentShow More Summary

Quotes: Shame On Our Current Education Wars

Like many Washingtonians (from both parties) in those days, [former AFT head Al Shanker] had the capacity to fight you fiercely over issues of disagreement while also teaming up on shared causes... He and I would do battle over vouchers...Show More Summary

School Libraries in Baltimore Don’t Take a Summer Vacation

Even when school is out for the summer, some school libraries in Baltimore are open for business, providing books, activities, and meals to hundreds of Baltimore City students.

Maximizing the Message | LJ 2016 Marketer of the Year Award

Few libraries were untouched by the economic downturn of the 2000s. As systems began to rebound, however, a challenge was to replace the perception that they were down and out with the new reality of extended hours, replenished staff, and improved services. Show More Summary

The world's oldest library gets a 21st century face lift

Topic: Libraries "We were always discovering things as we were ripping out walls," she says. One standout discovery for her was a hidden room that had a 12th century cupola made with intricate lattice wood. "It was this extremely refined and unusual type of roof that was hidden away," she recalls. Show More Summary

Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach

Topic: Librarians "The Connecticut Four" libarians who fought FBI "national security letters" seeking information on patrons and compelling librarians' silence on the demands are speaking out again. Fresh efforts are afoot in the U.S. Show More Summary

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