Thursday, July 31, 2014

Run Schools Like a Business? Flip that Theory to See Flaws

July 31, 2014 by twalker  
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Lisa Woods, a teacher in North Carolina, is sick and tired of hearing that all public schools should be run like a business and that teachers have extraordinary job protections that don’t exist in the private sector. “Applying the business model to schools is as absurd as applying the “school reality” to business. Until a [...]

What Motivates Teachers?

July 31, 2014 by twalker  
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In a survey of U.S. workplace happiness, Gallup found that teachers are the least likely to say that their opinions count and the least likely to say that their supervisor creates an open and sharing environment - a troubling trend at a time when schools need to continue to attract high quality educators. KQED MindShift asked teachers  what [...]

NEA’s Lily Eskelsen Garcia on Teaching, Testing and Fighting Back

July 30, 2014 by twalker  
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The National Education Association has been moving toward a more confrontational response to the push, from Democrats as well as Republicans, for public education to be more and more dominated by standardized testing. That testing is taking over the time students spend in the classroom, as well as being used as a weapon against their [...]

Race to the Top Is Five Years Old, But Did It Actually Improve Student Achievement?

July 30, 2014 by twalker  
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Race to the Top just had its fifth birthday and almost all of the $4 billion in federal cash states were awarded under the programs has been spent. So did the program actually move the needle on student achievement? Did the money make a difference in states that had it and states that didn’t? We’ll know all [...]

Poor Teacher Evaluation Systems Will Not Improve Education

July 29, 2014 by twalker  
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Arne Duncan recently praised Tennessee for  “not letting the perfect become the enemy of the good” in teacher evaluations.  Teachers aren’t as enthusiastic and don’t see the new system as “the good.” They are, for the second time, suing the state because the system is, in their eyes, arbitrary and flawed. “When it comes to the new [...]

School-To-Prison Pipeline Starts Even Before Kindergarten

July 29, 2014 by twalker  
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Tunette Powell write that her two preschool-aged sons have been suspended from schools a total of eight times, and she wonders if these suspensions might be the result of unintentional biases against black students. “The problem is not that we have a bunch of racist teachers and administrators. I believe most educators want to help [...]

Five U.S. Innovations that Helped Finland’s Schools Improve But that American Reformers Now Ignore

July 27, 2014 by twalker  
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Finnish educator and scholar Pasi Sahlberg is one of the world’s leading experts on school reform and educational practices. Sahlberg believes U.S. innovation has helped many successful education systems around the world even as Americans ignore those very same reforms. “ It is interesting that, according to the OECD, the United States exhibits only modest innovation in its [...]

“You’re Not Just Officer Friendly Anymore”

July 27, 2014 by twalker  
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The string of mass killings at schools over the past 15 years has changed the nature of the school policy officers’ job, adding urgent new duties and risks. Federal education and law enforcement agencies have also encouraged schools to switch from all-purpose lockdown policies and train staff and students to run if they can, hide [...]

‘Blame Teachers First’ Campaign Has a New Leader

July 24, 2014 by twalker  
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For years, Michelle Rhee, the former District of Columbia schools chancellor, has been upheld in the media as someone with the formula and fight required to “fix” public schools. But now that Rhee’s reputation is damaged,  the Blame Teachers First crowd is now eagerly promoting Campbell Brown, the former NBC News reporter. Brown launched the group Partnership for [...]

School Librarian Cutbacks Widen Digital Divide

July 24, 2014 by twalker  
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About one-third of public schools do not have a full-time, state-certified librarian. Members of the American Library Association call it a national crisis, as colleges and careers increasingly require students to have expansive digital literacy skills. Some 20 percent of public school libraries do not have any full- or part-time state-certified librarians, according to a [...]

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