AM News: NYC Union, LA Governor Both Fighting Former Allies

Teachers union steps into legal battle over tenure, against a former ally ChalkbeatNY: The lawsuit pits the union against a former ally, Mona Davids, who is among the parents suing to undo the tenure laws. Davids heads the New York …

A sacred obligation

My title has multiple meanings.

Perhaps that will become clear.

How did you spend your weekend?

At 1:30 AM Thursday I got in my car and drove for about 6 hours through the night to the mountains of Southwest Virginia, …

Response to 2016 MDE Assessment Survey

The Michigan Department of Education has issued a “2016 Assessment Survey” that I encourage every teacher and parent in our state to reply to ASAP.

There is a public hearing on the future of assessment in Michigan that …

Five Best Blogs & Tweets: What If Colleges Don’t Agree About "College-Ready"?

"The awkward truth is that *colleges* determine what “college-ready” means." http://ow.ly/zsA5D  @ChadAldeman

Liberal oppo to Common Core isn't as new as Slate's @daveweigel seems to think – but the NY polls *are* a problem http://ow.ly/zrMGu 

5 [Good] Reasons Education Reformers …

N.Y.C. Union Will Join Tenure Lawsuit as Defendant

The UFT will intervene in a lawsuit tackling New York’s due-process and tenure laws.

Bundling and Re-bundling

I’m at the Knewton Symposium – an event focusing on the future of digital learning. This is the second year that I’ve attended. It’s a small event (last year had ~20 attendees, this year it’s closer to 60+). Knewton brings …

A Better Definition Of “Personalization”

David Wiley:

For me, personalization comes down to being interesting. You have successfully personalized learning when a learner finds it genuinely interesting. Providing me with an adaptive, customized pathway through educational materials that bore me out of my …

Is There a Mismatch Between Ed. Dept.’s Teacher-Equity Plans and NCLB Waivers?

NCLB waivers and Race to the Top look at outcomes, like a teachers’ ability to improve test scores; a new strategy aims mostly at inputs, like years of experience.

Magazines: 12 New Yorker Ed Articles Vox Missed/Got Wrong

Vox's Libby Nelson has a good starter list of 12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free but I think she might have missed and/or gotten a few wrong. 

No problem — that's what I'm here …

Charts: Not Nearly As Many Poor Kids As US Principals Seem To Think

"Only 13 percent of American children meet an international definition of disadvantage, lower than in many other countries. [And yet] in a survey of 29 countries, more principals in the United States reported having at least 30 percent of students …