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Carl, Shaniqua, Raymond, Joshua, and Miranda (not their real names) won’t be going home from school each day to Mom and Dad. Instead, they are going to foster homes or group homes where they live with other foster children.
Children who are in the foster care system have all of the same hurdles to face as their peers: grades, tests, dating and changing bodies. In addition, they face even more challenges: instability, lack of school supplies, sometimes even feelings of shame about their foster-care status.
I know many great foster families but this post isn't about the varied experiences foster children have in their foster homes. This is specifically about schools and teachers.
Schools could do a lot better at identifying...
Recently, I stumbled across a post by Seth Godin that was super valuable to me. In it, he spotlighted a series of books that he was currently reading.
As simple as that sounds, Godin's post was helpful simply because it turned me on to interesting titles that I may never have found on my own in the sea of paper that is published every year.
Essentially, Godin became my information filter -- pointing me to books that had a higher likelihood of being valuable because they were prescreened by someone that I trust.
So I figured I'd start doing the same thing here on the Radical every now and then.
While the Complete College Report raises some important issues and concerns, one danger of such reports is that they present a blanket of data with little or no explanation or analysis. There's more to these numbers, and to the lives of the people those numbers represent than the surface conclusions highlighted on the report pages.
For example, the report correctly notes that increasingly the average post-secondary student is older and likely to be going to school part-time due to family and/or job responsibilities. What the report does not appear to take into consideration is that many of those older students who come to the community college, are not seeking to graduate. Some come...
Earlier this month, a research paper coming out of the Heritage Center for Data Analysis by Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine claimed that teachers are overpaid compared to similarly educated counterparts in other professions. The researchers added benefits to teacher pay--benefits most teachers never see because they are deferred until retirement age--and counted only teacher's on-the-clock hours, and NO summer hours. [See comments by researcher, Jason Richwine, and myself below.)
The conclusions are extremely flawed. Responses to the argument are now being posted at The Debate...
I was stoked to find out that a National Board Certified Teacher from New Mexico, Michelle Felis Accardi has been named as director of state policy and advocacy for the organization. Her statement,
“It’s an honor to be associated with an organization that has set the bar for what it means to be an effective teacher,” said Accardi. “I look forward to creating partnerships with state and local agencies in an effort to expand board certification and other NBPTS initiatives throughout the country – all to benefit our nation’s students and communities.”
It appears that Ron Thorpe may be exactly the right leader for the future of the NBPTS.
I stumbled across an interesting service called Vetter this week. In its simplest form, Vetter is a digital suggestion box designed to get ideas from employees.
What makes Vetter unique, however, is that it also allows you to create groups of employees who can read and rate the suggestions that are being submitted by their peers on a scale of one to five.
Essentially, this collective review and rating process allows leaders to take advantage of the wisdom of crowds. Ideas that are reviewed by a diverse cross...
I am really looking forward to the second annual Global Education Conference next week (Nov. 14-18). Organized by teacher/networker extraordinare, Steve Hargadon, it represents what is becoming the new normal in professional development for teachers: use of social media for self-selected, self-directed, on-time professional learning.
According to its press release, the Conference:
seeks to present ideas,...
Hey Jose –
As you know, I have been following the NBPTS search for a new CEO as both a disenchanted NBCT and a passionate teacher. A little while ago the new leader was announced. Ron Thorpe, Vice President & Director, Education for WNET public TV in New York, seems to be just the candidate the NBPTS needs to create a new culture for the organization charged with defining, evaluating, and promoting accomplished teaching in America’s schools. Below is my open letter to Ron that describes what I think he might need to know about accomplished teaching and the NBPTS and what I hope he can accomplish during his tenure.
Dear Ron Thorpe
President & CEO
National Board for...
They say hindsight is 20/20…a cliché phrase that makes a person feel better about themselves once he or she has completed an often monumental task with many missteps along the way. Such is the case with teacher preparation programs. Often, the clarity one receives is a phenomenal paradox: the instant a person completes the task, such as graduating from a teacher preparation program, he or she then becomes an expert in respective field (in our case, teaching), while simultaneously becoming a cutthroat critic of the path of which was just traveled. Offering endless advice to change the journey that he or she believes would be a far superior path than the down-trodden route that resulted in this new-found knowledge.
Now this is where the...