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Apples & Oranges: Why This Year's State Test Was a Waste of Students' Time

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Last week a group of CTQ-Colorado teachers attended and offered comments at the State Board of Education meeting. The following post is a written version of my remarks. While the board passed a symbolic resolution (in a 4-3 partyline vote) to withdraw from PARCC, one state board member boldy and publicly supported the standards and advocated for the aligned system our students deserve. If we must insist on a standardized test, I want the best one for my students. Core advocates (and skeptics!) -- I hope you'll park your thoughts on PARCC (& Smarter Balanced) here. 

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Speak Less, Act Right

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The first time I read these words by a Holocaust survivor, they haunted me. “My eyes saw what no person should witness: gas chambers built by learned engineers. Children poisoned by educated physicians. So I am suspicious of education. My request is: Help your children become human.” To fulfill that request, our actions matter far more than our words.

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Advice to Myself as a New Teacher

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Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),

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Chào mừng bạn đến Quốc Hoa Kỳ (Welcome to the United States)

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Opening up my e-mail and sipping on my third coffee of the morning, I read the following message:

“Hello teachers.  Please welcome a new 10th grader, Ngoc Trinh, coming to us from Vietnam. We will have to do our best to support this student with her limited English skills.”

“Uh oh…” was my first thought. 

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Simple Truth: Hashtags Can Save You Time

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If there was ONE thing that I'd want every practicing educator to know about learning in social spaces it would be that no matter what field you are working in, there are TONS of folks who are sharing resources t

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Why Don't Those Teachers Own Their Profession Already?

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Hypothetically speaking, let's say a subset of all teachers decided to go against their district's wishes, teaching their curriculum according to a mix of research and expertise, but masking it under the name of the latest district buzzword. Would you blame them for not outright fighting against their administration's wishes or congratulate them for "owning" their profession?

Of course, that's a trick question because it largely depends on your lens.

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Renee Moore

February 28, 2011

What teachers want from ESEA reauthorization—part 1 of 6

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At a major forum during its 2011 Annual Convention, The American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE) asked me: What do teachers want from ESEA reauthorization? Since I only had five minutes, I confined my remarks to the six items that have come up most consistently in discussions with other leading teachers from around the nation. I'll share them in this brief mini-series of blogs.

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Ariel Sacks

February 28, 2011

Time to spread our wings

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​I just read this moving post at Daily Kos from a veteran teacher: "I Don't Want to Be a Teacher Anymore." I am sitting here stunned, visualizing, suddenly and involuntarily, the image of a cocoon, and the immense struggle that it must take a caterpillar to break out of that thing and become a butterfly. I know it's a hackneyed symbol, but it is a real life phenomenon.

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Ariel Sacks

February 27, 2011

Tubes: Experiential poetry lesson

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Madeleine Ray, my mentor from Bank Street College, has been teaching teachers how to create rich, student-centered experiences in classrooms for many years. Many of my best curriculum pieces and teaching practices come from her teachings. She is indeed, one of the giants, on whose shoulders I stand when I work with students.

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Dan Brown

February 26, 2011

My teacher recruitment rant

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The setting: a recent Education Writers Association conference; Carnegie Corporation of New York offices; 26th floor of a Park Avenue skyscraper

The panel: “Bringing in the Best: Recruiting and Hiring Practices” featuring Vicki Bernstein from New York City Department of Education, Dan Goldhaber of the Center on Education Data & Research, and Spencer Kympton of Teach for America. 

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Ariel Sacks

February 25, 2011

What education should be learning from business

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I just had a great customer service experience taking my 2007 MacBookPro to the Apple Store. The store was clean and beautifully designed. A "MacGenius" guy, with long hair pulled back, huge circular earrings that stretched his earlobes around their shape, and the obligatory blue "MacGenius" shirt, quickly and professionally diagnosed the problem.

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John Holland

February 23, 2011

News from the crow's nest

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Jose, I am so glad you had a good experience with Jon Snyder and our Teaching 2030 colleagues Barnett Berry and Ariel Sacks in NY.  Your experiences at Bank Street encouraged me to make a connection between the future of education and our system of preparing teachers. Schools of teacher preparation are an important place [...]

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