School Reform: Replace the Coaches – Not the Team

No education reform article I’ve ever read accurately identified the two real stumbling blocks to improving our K-12 school system.  The reason is because almost all of them are written by school administrators and not teachers.

Our schools are melting …

How Do We Really Begin To Leave No Child Behind?

A politician running for office was recently asked how she would make sure that all parents are involved in their children’s education.  While she admitted parental involvement is a huge factor in one’s educational success, she also admitted she had …

Sara Ferguson: “I Represented All Teachers”

Sara Ferguson, a teacher from Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania, was a special guest at President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address Tuesday.

She says:

I’m a runner, and before every race I write students’ names on …

Get students thinking critically about bullying – through comics

Bullying prevention has been generating lots of discussion lately, but one group that we don’t hear from enough is kids. It would be nice if we could ‘solve’ the problem for them, but top-down directives and zero tolerance policies alone …

Test Scores, Test Scores, Almighty Test Scores

A while back I wrote a blog proposing that teachers finally give in and use nothing but test scores to evaluate teachers.  Since that time I’ve been doing some thinking, and I decided why stop there?  Standardized tests should …

Manufactured Controversies: How Non-Educator “Education Experts” Twist the Truth

There are times, as a teacher of biology, when I suffer what I call “math envy.”  See, none of my math teacher colleagues ever have to defend the fact that 2 + 2 = 4.  This is a well-established fact; …

Bullying Is a Social Justice Issue

We are now hearing reports that Hispanic schoolchildren in Alabama face bullying in the wake of that state’s anti-immigrant law.

A 12-year girl who is a citizen and whose father is from Puerto Rico is called a “damn Mexican” by …

Bullying Prevention: School Support Staff Are Essential

Where do you think most student bullying takes place?  While some bullying occurs in the classroom, the most common places are on the school bus, in the hallways, in the stairwells, in the lunchroom, and on the playground.

What do …

Education Budget Cuts in Florida

Cents and Sensibility… Inside Florida Education

We’ve all heard this expression numerous times this year,“We must tighten our belts” with regards to education. Whose belts are we tightening in the education arena anyways?

Or, did they mean a noose …

A Bullying Myth: Is it Bullying or Character Building?

Bullying is vexing.  Bullying creates anxiety and fear, causes students to avoid coming to school, and affects their ability to learn.  We know too well that it can also lead to despair and students’ taking their own lives

But, we …

Ben Carson: New AP U.S. history course will make kids want to ‘sign up for ISIS’

The new Advanced Placement U.S. history framework has become the target of intense criticism from conservatives who charge that it is anti-American, the latest attack coming on Monday from potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, a famed pediatric neurosurgeon who…

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NEA Sues New Mexico Schools Chief Over Teacher Evaluations

New Mexico is the latest state to face legal action over its teacher-evaluation plan. …

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Quotes: Progressive Dems Could Win With Education, Says Pollster

The top testing turnout message overall emphasizes education, specifically Republicans' efforts to cut programs for students while giving tax cuts to the wealthy. - Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, quoted in TruthOut.…

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Weekend Reading: 10 Stories You (Might Have) Missed

Education key topic in PA, KS, AR, TX campaign debates | MSNBC ow.ly/C3Sgn The states versus Secretary Duncan — Mediumow.ly/C1h5r Why Mary Fallin has a case but Bobby Jindal doesn’t Atlanta cheating scandal has changed the way educators approach …

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Are these the best and worst states for teachers?

The WalletHub Web site looked at data to determine the states that they call the “teacher friendliest states in the country.” The data used to come up with the rankings include (see entire methodology below) average starting salaries, median annual…

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Want to be rated ‘highly effective’ in New York? Don’t teach English or math in grades 4-8

English and math teachers in grades 4-8 in New York are much less effective in promoting student growth on state assessments (or comparable measures) than other teachers in the Empire State. Does that sound plausible? That teachers of particular subjects…

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Which High School Reform Strategies Actually Work?

The U.S. Department of Education is hoping to survey 2,000 high schools to find out what works and what doesn't. …

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Magazines: Where Are The Pro-Reform Versions Of The Nation, Mother Jones, Etc?

The new issue of The Nation (Saving Public Schools) includes a feature package of education stories that may pique your interest whatever your position or views. Some highlights include:  The Tough Lessons of the 1968 Teacher Strikes (Goldstein) What …

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When the Digital Divide Meets a Systems Approach

While the ‘digital divide’ is well documented, studies show mixed results when trying to document technology’s influence on learning for at-risk students. In part, this is because the digital learning ecosystem is so complex. The academic realities for at-risk children, …

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Morning Video: FL Mandates Extra 60 Mins. Reading Time For 300 Low-Performing Schools

  "The state of Florida recently mandated the 300 lowest-performing elementary schools add an extra hour of reading instruction each day, the first in the country to do so. But while supporters are convinced the extra time will improve kids' …

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