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Florida: Gia Arbogast Appointed as New Director for the Miami?Dade Public Library System

From the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) The Miami?Dade Public Library System is proud to announce that Gia Arbogast has been appointed as the new Director for the Library Department. Ms. Arbogast brings to this position more than 20 years of administrative and operational experience. [Clip] As Director she will be responsible for a County […]

Blood versus cemetery: Texas Gothic

A small Texan town displayed a touch of that state's flair for the Gothic, when some Farmersville citizens threatened to drown a cemetery in blood. This wasn't just any cemetery, but one local Muslims would run and staff. And not...

Save Tales To Terrify

Tales To Terrify is one of the best horror podcasts out there. Ever since they launched in January 2012 hosts Larry Santoro (RIP) and Stephen Kilpatrick have produced 183 shows. The content includes classic horror and current tales, ranging from...

The future of libraries?

I had lunch recently with Paul Signorelli, who’s active in helping libraries with digital literacy, and during the conversation he talked about his vision of the future of the library. What I heard was a vision of libraries moving beyond content to be about learning, and this had several facets I found thought-provoking. Now, as context, I’ve always […]

Silicon Valley Has Great Public Schools—and Teachers Can Barely Afford to Work in Them

In the second season of Silicon Valley, Richard, the ever-afflicted CEO of the struggling startup Pied Piper, explodes at his meddlesome neighbor for harassing him about illegally conducting business out of a private residence: You’re always going on and on about how this is such a good neighborhood. Show More Summary

The Wired Library – The User Experience

When we say "user experience" we are talking about something that can be measured. While user experience designers are motivated to make awesome things an decrease worldsuck, library stakeholders may not always understand the motivation behind user-driven decisions. Show More Summary

The Future of Library Services for and with Teens

As you look around libraryland, you’ll see quite a bit about 21st century libraries, services, and 21st century literacies. In 2014, after a yearlong forum, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) released the report, The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action, which specifically addresses 21st century teens and their needs.[1]

Can I Bring My Gun to the Library?

Keeping up with the changing landscape of gun control in all fifty states.

Rick Hess Recants Common Core...or does he?

By Ken Derstine @ Defend Public Education! July 29, 2015 Rick Hess, the resident scholar and director of education policy studies at the right-wing American Policy Institute, has an article in the Fall 2014 issue of National Affairs: “ How the Common Core Went Wrong ”. Show More Summary

The Real Story Behind Mike Pence’s Charter School Speech

by Doug Martin at Hoosier School Heist Blog In an address to a large crowd yesterday at the Westin Hotel, Mike Pence announced that 22 new charter schools will open in Indiana in the next three years. Pence spoke at a conference sponsored by Charter Schools USA, a Florida-based company ran by longtime Bush family friend Jon Hage. Show More Summary

Mailman's plea for books gets worldwide response

Topic: Literacy Mailman's plea for books gets worldwide response Utah boy was sifting through junk mail for something to read A postal carrier has delivered more than the mail to a Sandy, Utah boy. Show More Summary

Former Union Officers Revolt Against NEA Trusteeship in Alabama

After months of silence and a media blackout, the trusteeship NEA placed upon the Alabama Education Association erupted into public view in a big way. A group of former AEA officers and staff calling itself The Steering Committee sent a memo to NEA president Lily Eskelsen Garcia demanding an end to the NEA “takeover.” Noting that […]

Perdido--Fariña Unwittingly Admits VAM Is Invalid for All

Perdido Street School nails Carmen Fariña to her own words. Fariña thinks there should be an asterisk to so called highly effective teachers who move into renewal schools. After all, if they're highly effective at one place, how canShow More Summary

An offer teacher Ruby ‘couldn’t refuse': $80 million guaranteed over six years with incentives — based on test scores

You have to watch this video, from Comedy Center’s “Key and Peele” show. It’s a spoof on SportsCenter, called TeachingCenter, complete with a fake BMW commercial, and here is a taste of the latest in the world of standardized tests and teachers: Teacher Ruby Ruhf: I’ve enjoyed my time in Ohio very much, but I’m […]

J.K. Rowling reveals how much Hogwarts school cost Harry Potter to attend

A few weeks ago, ran a piece about how much it would cost to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It said: Exactly how much money would it cost to attend Hogwarts in American dollars? Thanks to J.K. Rowling, Pottermore and the Internet at large, we can figure out how much Muggle money […]

Four unintended consequences of using student test scores to evaluate teachers

As any even semi-regular reader of this blog knows, the practice of using student standardized test scores to evaluate teachers is riddled with problems. I’ve written before about some of the more ridiculous consequences, such as teachers being evaluated by students they don’t have and/or by subjects they don’t teach. (See here and here.) There […]

Quotes: In NYC, Reformers Oppose Mayoral Control

When a group professing to support education reform opposes mayoral control of schools, it calls into question what exactly it stands for. --Wiley Norvell in NYT (Groups That Back Bloomberg’s Education Agenda Enjoy Success in Albany...

Maps: Handful Of States Like Indiana & Missouri Where Common Core/Testing Is Hotly Debated

"The landscape hasn’t changed drastically since the winter, as most of the Common Core climate has shifted more politically than legislatively. That, however, could change we enter election season and are faced with possible new implications...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Black Students More Likely to Receive "Stigmatizing" SPED Labels

"The data shows that black students are often times two or three times more likely than white students to be identified, especially in the most stigmatizing categories such as emotional disturbance, mental retardation or intellectual disabilities and some other categories," said Daniel Losen, director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies. Show More Summary

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