November Ed Leadership column: A Buying Guide for Parents

My November 2014 ASCD Educational Leadership Power Up column, A Buying Guide for Parents, can be found online. …

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How to Use Padlet to Manage Tasks

Padlet… is one of my favorite web tools because it can be used in many ways for many purposes. Today, I used it to have teachers share the things that they created during my workshop. In the classroom I have

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The Week in Review – The Most Popular Posts

…Good evening from Greensboro, North Carolina where I spent the day facilitating a workshop for an enthusiastic group of teachers. We spent the day creating multimedia collages, creating videos, creating audio recordings, and trying some student response systems. It was

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How many schools are still named after John F. Kennedy?

How many public K-12 schools are still named after John F. Kennedy, 51 years after the president was assassinated? It was once common for public schools in the United States to be named after presidents, a tradition that some have argued…

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Principal uncovers flawed data in her state’s official education reports

School reformers talk nonstop about using “data” to drive policy, teaching and just about everything else, which, you would think, would require that the data being used be accurate. The following post exposes a troubling problem with the push for…

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State news roundup for November 22, 2014

This week we talk about the proposed insurance cuts in WV, UT’s Bargaining Summit, the new M-STEP assessments in MI and a call for higher wages for CT child care providers.Read More »…

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s communications chief leaving for Teach For America

(Update: Adding Ritsch’s statement) Education Secretary Arne Duncan is losing his second communications chief in two years. Massie Ritsch, the acting assistant secretary for communications and outreach, is leaving his job to take a new position at Teach For America. .@ED_Outreach…

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A Round-up of Ten Thanksgiving Lesson Resources

Over the last month I've published reviews of various Thanksgiving lesson resources. As Thanksgiving is now less than one week away, it's time to put all of those resources into one list. Here they are... When Is Thanksgiving? Colonizing America…

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BFTP: Scott Adams’ questions

Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams writes an insightful, controversial, adult, and humorous eponymous blog. After a day of making decisions with only part of the information he felt he needed, he recently asked, "How do you make descisions …

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Educators look to Congress to finish job started by President Obama’s immigration action

"It can't be just up to President Obama. Congress needs to get their act together and work for a solution that fixes our broken immigration system once and for all."Read More »…

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