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 …

#CCSStime: Let’s Get It Right

In April, the Learning First Alliance issued a statement urging states to take the proper time to implement the Common Core State Standards. Believing in the potential that the standards have to transform teaching and learning, we worry about rushing …

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Quotes: Teaching Isn’t Rocket Science

You don’t need to be a genius... You have to know how to manage a discussion. You have to know which problems are the ones most likely to get the lessons across. You have to understand how students make mistakes …

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Morning Video: New Efforts To Engage Emotional Support For Common Core

  Here's an example of how Common Core supporters are going to try and engage the public with outrage over the current inequalities and inadequacies of the education system  - and inspiration about what the new standards can do. From …

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

At the time Race the Top was first rolled out, some researchers noted that many of the policies it favored, especially boosting charter and evaluating teachers based on test scores, didn't have a strong scientific base to back them up.…

Politics K-12 - Education Week

AM News: NY Gets A Vergara Lawsuit (MN, CT, NJ & TN Could Be Next)

New York’s teacher tenure faces second challenge as Campbell Brown’s group files suit Chalkbeat:  In the past, Mayor Bill de Blasio has defended teacher tenure as a way to recruit and retain effective teachers. A spokesman from the state said …

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School puts nearly 100 kindergartners in one class in a teaching experiment

(No, the headline is not from The Onion.) Brenda Scott Academy of Theater Arts is a high-poverty preK-8th school in east Detroit that is part of the Education Achievement Authority, a district run by Michigan authorities for schools identified as…

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Schools That Work For Kids

My son, Nicholas, is your typical child growing up in the 21st Century.  He loves to play outside, swim in the pool, golf in the NYC Junior Golf League, have friends over, and feast on McDonald’s.  Then there is the …

A Principal's Reflections

50 Virginia college presidents protest Obama’s planned school rating system (update)

(Update: Adding statement from Education Department) Fifty presidents of public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia have signed a letter (see text below) to Education Secretary Arne Duncan expressing “serious reservations” about the Obama administration’s “misguided” development of…

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Five Best Blogs & Tweets: You’re Fired — I Mean, Fined

NYC Teachers in Disciplinary Cases More Often Fined Than Fired - WSJ ow.ly/zEQ1a @lesliebrody Salon: The plot to destroy education: Why techn could ruin US classrooms — by trying to fix them" ow.ly/zFflP Not All Discipline Disparities May Be The …

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Obama: This Duck Is Still Mobile

You would think, from all the talk about the midterm elections and the final two years of the Obama Administration, that the president doesn't matter anymore or that absolutely nothing will get done in Washington between now and January 2017.…

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