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


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. 


Speak Less, Act Right


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.


Advice to Myself as a New Teacher


Dear Mr. Barnwell (version 2004),


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


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. 


Simple Truth: Hashtags Can Save You Time


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


Why Don't Those Teachers Own Their Profession Already?


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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John Holland

February 23, 2011

News from the crow's nest


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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Dan Brown

February 22, 2011

The promise and pitfalls of Improving the teaching profession


The sweeping title of this post is the name of the conference I attended in New York City last Friday, organized by the Education Writers Association and hosted by the Carnegie Corporation. About 50 journalists and a dozen teacher-bloggers spent the day talking edu-issues and I loved it.

 Here are some of my takeaways about the state of education reporting:

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Bill Ferriter

February 20, 2011

Twitter can SAVE you time


Whenever I’m trying to pitch Twitter to a group of teachers who are new to the product, one of the first bits of pushback that I get goes something like this:

I don’t have the time for Twitter!  I’ve got papers to grade and plans to write.  It must be nice to have tons of extra time to waste poking around in useless messages posted by people you don’t know.”

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Ariel Sacks

February 19, 2011

Story idea for education journalists


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of being at a conference on hosted by the Education Writer's Association and the Carnegie Foundation here in NYC. It brought together an interesting group of education reporters, teacher bloggers, and education "experts" (=policy people & researchers) to discuss the topic of teacher effectiveness. The event was quite unique and engaging, though I would have liked to see teachers featured on panels as "education experts" as well.

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Bill Ferriter

February 17, 2011

What YOU are saying about social media in schools


A few months back, Jason Ramsden, Eric Sheninger and I asked our collective networks to answer two simple questions:

What do you see as the potential rewards of using social media tools like Twitter and Facebook in schools?

What do you see as the potential pitfalls of using social media tools like Twitter and Facebook in Schools?

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José Luis Vilson

February 15, 2011

The teacher voice: Something we can all endorse


John, Last week, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion with teacher leader (and Teaching 2030 co-author) Ariel Sacks, CTQ President Barnett Berry, and Dean of the College of Bank Street Jon Synder, moderated by Ronald Thorpe of WNET. The discussion on the future of teacher preparation interested members, held at The [...]

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Renee Moore

February 14, 2011

Love never fails: Why we shouldn’t give up on public schools


My pastor husband and I often find ourselves counseling couples struggling to overcome problems in their relationships. We remind them that love is a decision, not an accident, that requires disciplined commitment, especially when things aren't going smoothly. I apply that same thinking to America's relationship with our public schools.

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