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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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Dan Brown

November 10, 2010

Other jobs Cathie Black is qualified for

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With his new pick of Cathie Black for school chancellor in New York City, Michael Bloomberg has reaffirmed the bizarre ideology that you don’t need to be an expert on the things you lead. You don’t need to be an educator to be in charge of an education system. You don’t need to have spent time with teachers and students to be in charge of teaching and learning.

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Bill Ferriter

November 9, 2010

The power of PLCs. . .

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Dear Readers,

Almost six years ago, I wrote the article below, detailing the impact that professional learning teams can have on the instructional practices of individual educators. 

It originally appeared on the Teacher Leaders Network website. It was later included in the Summer 2005 issue of the Journal of Staff Development.

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Bill Ferriter

November 6, 2010

What does Technorati’s State of the Blogosphere report mean for education bloggers?

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As a guy who has worked for years to push and shove my way into important conversations about the changing nature of teaching and learning in America, my blog is incredibly important to me. 

It’s the best way to raise my voice and to stand on equal footing with the Oprahs and Bill Gateses of the world, who have huge media conglomerates to turn to whenever they want to push a new idea.

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Renee Moore

November 6, 2010

Relationships matter

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Recently, I've been thinking a lot about relationships. Maybe it's because after raising 11 children, we're finally empty-nesting. 

Maybe it's because so many of my former students have been contacting me lately just to let me know how they are doing and how much they appreciate what I did for them. Although they remember much of what I taught them (and delight in showing me how much of it they actually remember), their constant refrain is that the remember how I treated them, how I encouraged them, how I challenged them.

In short, they remembered the relationship. 

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