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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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JohnNorton

December 1, 2010

Transforming school conditions to boost achievement in urban schools

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In a bold new report describing the conditions in many high-needs schools that interfere with student and  teacher success, 14 accomplished teachers are proposing a policy and practice framework they believe will move America beyond the achievement gap "blame game" toward meaningful and sustainable school reform.

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Bill Ferriter

November 30, 2010

Unleashing your inner author...and getting published!

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An interesting email landed in my inbox the other day.  Mike—a special education teacher in a Chicago school—asked: 

I read your article in the ASCD magazine "Educational Leadership", I like articles written by teacher-practicioners as opposed to university professors.

Could you offer some advice on getting published? How did you go about getting a book contract?

I would imagine you put together a proposal of some kind. I am interested in doing this kind of stuff but not sure where to start.

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Ariel Sacks

November 30, 2010

2 Silver bullets

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We often hear that policy makers are looking for a "silver bullet" that will cure what ails public education. Here are two free ones.

This summer at one of first PD sessions at my new school, my principal said two things I've not forgotten and I'd never heard before from a school leader.  He said them calmly, matter-of-factly, but took a rare moment to say them--and be heard.  

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Renee Moore

November 23, 2010

EduBlog Award nominations (and honorable mentions)

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The 2010 EduBlog Awards are now taking nominations, and I don't want to miss this opportunity to pay tribute to some social media that have been especially valuable to me.

Here are my nominations:

Best Use of a Social Network - English Companion Ning founded by English teacher and author, Jim Burke, is hands down my favorite place to go for teaching help and inspiration. Over 23,000 English teachers eagerly sharing with each other is a wonderful thing.

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Renee Moore

November 22, 2010

Taking charge of our profession (again)

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To achieve the goal of quality education for all of America's children will take more than one good idea or initiative. There is important work to be done on many fronts and involving many groups: students, parents, educators, legislators, researchers, businessess, and others. But I want to focus on just one of those groups and our unique role in American public education.

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Bill Ferriter

November 21, 2010

Blogging for Real Education Reform Day: Testing is destroying schools

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When I stumbled across Paula White’s post promoting the Day of National Blogging Promoting Real Education Reform this morning, my head started spinning simply because I’ve got so much to say about fixing our public schools that I wasn’t sure that I could say everything that I wanted to say in just one entry—let alone get everything written in just one day.

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