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5 ways to Make Your Classroom LGBT Inclusive

Anthony Nicodemo | Posted 08.25.2015 | Education
Anthony Nicodemo

After coming out as gay two years ago, I've had such an incredible journey. So many people have shared personal stories, and I've learned so much about myself. Unfortunately, many of the stories I've heard make me shake my head.

National Leaders Fail In School Reform

Jack Jennings | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Jack Jennings

The American public has given its grade to national elected leaders for their attempts to improve the country's public schools. The verdict is an "F" for failure. Public schools need to do better but that will only occur when there is cooperation in government, not antagonism.

Noteworthy: No Federal Sanctions for New York Opt-out

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.24.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Test-centered American public education has had its day, and based upon the growing appeal to parents of opting their children out of mandated tests, that day has more than passed.

Barbecuing [With] the Common Core

Stephen Chiger | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Stephen Chiger

As the 2016 presidential race revs up, we can expect that the Common Core standards will remain the boogeyman of U.S. education. A mere mention of their name is enough to inspire terror.

Common Core: The Lego Kit of Education

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.22.2015 | Education
Steve Nelson

Children who play with piles of Legos, inventing and building as they wish, exhibit far more long-term creativity than children who build things from Lego kits. Rearranging Legos from a messy pile is a better learning experience than working from a kit with directions (unless you're in a hurry and hope to use the finished Lego product as a household appliance).

Another Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.23.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

After months of threatening that high student opt-out rates on high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests would cause school districts to lose federal and state aid, the threats have evaporated.

Common Core in a Little Town in Arkansas

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 08.20.2015 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A colleague and I wanted to understand how could this little school where so many kids are learning English, and so many come from low-income families, be performing toward the top of the state?

Teaching About the Horrific - ISIS, Slavery and Rape

Alan Singer | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Dear Teachers, How do we explain the horrific and how do we engage secondary students in meaningful discussions of very disturbing events? Should we focus narrowly on the issues presented in media or do we encourage students to place them in a broader historical context?

Teaching At-Risk Youth in Trauma-Sensitive Education Environment

Bill Baccaglini | Posted 08.19.2015 | Education
Bill Baccaglini

We believe that in bridging the gap between educators and child welfare professionals to create trauma-sensitive schools, we can also bridge the education gap between at-risk youth and students of the general population nationwide.

The Real Failure of Common Core

Ted Dintersmith | Posted 08.21.2015 | Education
Ted Dintersmith

There is the question of whether the Common Core curriculum will result in students working on material that is merely more difficult (and more frequently tested) rather than spending time on content that actually interests them.

Will New York State Flunk Most of the Class of 2022?

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.17.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Sure, there is no proof that passing a Regents exam aligned to Common Core will deliver on the ad nauseam "college and career readiness" Common Core advocates promise. There is also no proof that scoring well on a Regents Common Core exam means little more than mastering taking that exam.

Big Win for Opt-Out

Alan Singer | Posted 08.16.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

In 2015 it moved from the political margins and emerged as a full-scale social movement committed to the idea that education should be about children, not testing. States have not yet abandoned Common Core and Race to the Top mandated high-stakes testing, but as the Opt-Out movement continues to grow and its pace of growth continues to accelerate, I believe they will.

The Case for Collaboration Days

Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Posted 08.10.2015 | Education
Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Without targeted collaboration time, teachers are less prepared to help their clientele, and for this reason, more and more schools and districts are adjusting their schedules to allow weekly collaboration days for their teachers. This necessary time isn't a spontaneous decision.

Even As States Continue to Leave, PARCC Sets Last Year's Cut Scores

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.10.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

On August 07, 2015, NPR released an article concerning setting the cut scores for the PARCC tests that 5 million students took in the spring.

Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush Lock Horns On Common Core

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics

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The PARCC Race to the Top Contract and Its 26 State MOUs

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 08.03.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

When the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) applied for Race to the Top (RTTT) funding on June 30, 2010, it submitted this 1,609-page application.

What's in Store With Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 08.02.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

My advice to teachers and school administrators this fall is to ignore the unit sequence in the Common Core aligned ELA curriculum. If someone complains, explain that you think it is more important that the ELA and social studies curriculum be coordinated so they make sense and support student learning.

Conservative Jeffco School Board Member Sees Threat of Nazis Somewhere

Jason Salzman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Jeffco School Board member Julie Williams, who's facing a recall campaign to remove her from office, hopped on her Facebook page July 14 and shared a ...

Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 5: What's Wrong With Standardized Testing?

Frank Breslin | Posted 07.29.2015 | Education
Frank Breslin

No other advanced nation in the world evaluates its teachers on test scores or subjects it children to relentless testing and calls it "education"! Why, then, does America? The answer is simple -- there's money in it!

Pearson Takes Big Hit in Continuing War Over Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 07.14.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

Last week Pearson lost its 40 to 50 million dollar contract to provide 3rd through 8th grade Common Core aligned high-stakes tests in New York State.

The False Promise of Core Knowledge

Nicholas Tampio | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Nicholas Tampio

The Common Core famously emphasizes evidence-based reading and writing. For Common Core assignments and exams, students only get full credit if they answer questions using evidence from the passage under consideration. Why?

Heeding Student Voices on PARCC

Teach Plus | Posted 07.07.2015 | Education
Teach Plus

As a teacher, I find PARCC to be a better assessment; my students agreed. Perhaps it is time that all adults -- educators, parents, policy makers -- listen and do what our children are suggesting.

Lisa Holton Talks Common Core on Mondays with Marlo

Posted 07.02.2015 | MarloThomas

Lisa Holton, President of Classroom, Inc., stopped by Mondays with Marlo to discuss the successes and controversies linked with Common Core. Lisa expl...

Questor Marketing Research Advises Pearson Investors to SELL

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

Sounds like Pearson CEO Fallon should have spent more time on US K-12 Education Plan B at least two years ago. At least.

What Do Parents Think About the Common Core?

TNTP | Posted 07.02.2015 | Education

By Laura Strait, Guest Blogger As a teacher at Aspire ERES Academy in Oakland, California, I know firsthand how challenging it is to raise standa...