What does TALIS teach us? Last Thursday, I attended a dazzling gala to watch special education teacher Matthew Cunningham accept the inaugural GEM...
Over the past few years, one can find a regular flow of writing attempting to explain the increase in teacher attrition. Usually, these explanations come in the form of advocacy -- that is, people who don't like a given policy or policies assert that they are the reasons for the rise in teachers leaving.
Well that certainly didn't take long. Just two weeks after California's kids celebrated their victory vs. bad teachers, the kids vs. tenure lawsuits are hitting the road.
Paraprofessionals in schools serving many minority students are much more likely than teachers to share their students' ethnicity and language, and are more likely to live in the neighborhood.
With Common Core's focus on math and reading, social studies is still on the back burner in many states. Many social studies teachers and administrators I work with have told me that a challenge to eventually applying Common Core frameworks to social studies is the dearth of up-to-date content.
At this pace, we'll definitely fall well short of the commitment made in 2000 by world leaders to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.
Rebellion against standardized exams is underway in states like Oklahoma, Indiana and Tennessee. The revolt there is partly stoked by the national Common Core standards, which include testing. It also is being sparked by teacher evaluations that include data from various test scores.
In a complex, diverse and economically burgeoning society, the current challenges facing the Malaysian education system are considerable.
Special Ed teacher Matthew Cunningham awarded the inaugural GEMS Education Chicago Teacher Award "But what does it all mean to YOU?" My t...
Intelligence, like pretty much everything else subjective, is on a spectrum. And just because you may be lower than average in one or every single area, doesn't have anything to do with how good you will be at your job whether that's a scientist, clinician or business woman.
What would James Baldwin, one of America's greatest non-fiction writers, have to say about the Common Core expectation that a high school senior's reading diet be 70 percent non-fiction text?
Every bit of education reform is an excuse to continue the unconscionable neglect of our children. As Pogo wisely noted, "We have met the enemy and he is us." We did this to our children and our schools.
While for many kids summer is long-awaited, for many parents it's long-feared. It's a time when low-income kids are losing ground and gaining weight rather then gaining ground and losing weight; a time when they are slipping down the summer slide.
"So I guess you just deny that there are any bad teachers at all." This is a popular retort to various forms of "Your system for evaluating teachers is a lousy system." It is a dumb retort. It is dumb in the same way the following exchanges are dumb.
Ironically, when advocates of this system of "profit education" talk about the growing poverty that exists in schools and the need to be able to provide for the well being of the total child, poverty is obfuscated by an insistent claim that it is an excuse, not a cause of poor performance.
Standards are great. We need to have benchmarks for students to promote educational success. But standards work even better when educators are able to gauge the needs of students and determine the best measures to assess their performance.