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Video Tutorial: Chromebook (Samsung Series 3) Training

Today's video offers a preview of what's covered in the Chromebook (Samsung Series 3) Training series.

Wondering about Wonder at UT Arlington

I will be first to say today’s invited talk at the UT Arlington LINK Research Lab was my own trip through the Time Tunnel, with the year 1989 dialed in. An archive of the talk is available — here are el slides A bit of a mashup of some...Show More Summary

Time of the ratcopter

A father, son, and friend too a taxidermied pet and mounted it on a quadricopter. Behold the ratcopter! (thanks to Jason K)

Recently Released Research from Public Safety Canada on Witness Protection Programs

The latest issue of the Weekly Checklist of Canadian Government Publications includes a "Research Brief" from Public Safety Canada on Witness Protection Programs in Selected Countries:"This paper reviews the practices and outcomes of...Show More Summary

Recently Released Research from Justice Canada on Malicious Referrals to Child Welfare Agencies

The latest issue of the Weekly Checklist of Canadian Government Publications includes a Justice Canada research report from 2013 on Malicious Referrals, Custody Disputes and Police Involvement in the Canadian Child Welfare System: Data...Show More Summary

Florida drops test after kindergarten teacher took public stand against it

Last week I published a highly popular post that included a letter that kindergarten teacher Susan Bowles of Lawton Chiles Elementary School in Gainesville, Fla., posted on Facebook telling parents that she was refusing to administer the Florida Assessments for Instruction in Reading, or FAIR. She explained what she said were serious problems with administering […]

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Why Are There Still So Few Quality Voc-Ed Programs?

MA vocational schools unable to educate enough - The Boston Globe In face of broad vendor claims, some districts rate#commoncore materials for quality Eduwonk also questions @libbyanelson's Vox critique of HSShow More Summary

Will Dog the Bounty Hunter Save School Enrollment in a Dying City?

Every day brings a new reason to wonder why anyone would ever move to Memphis to teach. Salary schedules are a thing of the past, and pay raises are now bonuses that are based on test scores. Teachers are in constant fear of being surplussed or excessed or some other term to disguise the ugly truth of teacher firing. Show More Summary

Thompson: How Chicago Increased Graduation Rates

The single most successful reform in any of my old schools was the establishment of Freshmen Academies. We had very little money to invest in school improvements, but our high schools got the biggest bang for the buck from a "High Touch," team effort to get 9th graders on track. Show More Summary

To Chris Barbic: There Will Be No Civility for Child Abusers and Corporate Profiteers

When Tennessee received its $501 million Race to the Top (RTTT) grant, it also accepted the requirement to annually label the bottom five percent of TN public schools for turnaround or charter conversion. The Achievement School District...Show More Summary

Pier Gothic

Here's a friendly sculpture from a Lithuanian dock: EDITED TO ADD: it's the "Juodasis Vaiduoklis" (""The Black Ghost"), according to this site: Near the castle remains, just past the swing bridge, stands bronze sculpture of ghostly silhouette, which just stepped...

A warning to U.S. about ‘educational authoritarianism’ — from a Chinese scholar

Yong Zhao is a respected education scholar who has been a fierce critic of high-stakes standardized testing, both in China and the United States. Zhao, the presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the University of Oregon’s College of Education,  has written a new book entited “Who’s Afraid of […]

How one middle school handled 136 unruly students

Normandy Middle School in north St. Louis — a few miles away from Ferguson, where the August killing of a black teenager by a white police officer sparked civil unrest — has been the worst-performing district in Missouri for several years. As a result, the state took over the Normandy School District, replaced 45 percent of […]

Media: This More Diverse List Of "Top Education Tweeters" Needs More Names

A somewhat more diverse version of Education Dive's recent 12 education thought leaders you should follow on Twitter might include who(m), exactly? Off the top of my head -- without much concern for how much I agree or disagree withShow More Summary

NYSUT Local Wants to Withhold AFT PAC Money

Some local affiliate presidents of the New York State United Teachers are unusual in that they forcefully and publicly blast the higher-ups in their own union. We’re reminded of Eric D. Przykuta, president of the Lancaster Central Teachers Association, who was colorful and bombastic when describing NYSUT’s policies and leaders. Show More Summary

Wrightslaw Training Coming to Grand Rapids, MI

Wrightslaw Training coming to Grand Rapids, MI on November 1, 2014! Join speaker Wayne Steedman, Esq., and sponsors the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan and the Kent Independent School District. This Wrightslaw Special Education...Show More Summary

Quotes: A Parent's Response To Her Child's Test Anxiety

Yes, she has test anxiety. Yes, she has cried... I comfort her, but I tell her: ‘I make $14.42 an hour. What are you going to do to have a better life?.' - Success Academy parent Natasha Shannon in the NYT (The Battle for New York Schools).

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