November 2012 Blog Posts (84)

Dear Dr. John King

Dear Dr. John King,

As we close out the third month of this hectic and busy school year, I felt compelled to sit down and write you this letter on behalf of my son, my students, my colleagues, many parents and all of the dedicated and passionate educators throughout the great state of New York (and beyond). I know it has been almost a year and a half since you have taken over as Commissioner of Education in New York State and in that short time, you have brought about…

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Added by Tony Sinanis on November 29, 2012 at 9:23pm — 1 Comment

Again; Relevance, Why Twitter?

Twitter has been a topic for educational Bloggers for several years now. I believe that those educators using Twitter are drawn to those posts, while other educators, not using Twitter, are driven away. Maybe the problem is the emphasis, or focus of the blog posts. Maybe the focus should be on relevance and no mention of twitter. Are educators relevant in our technology-driven society?  The obvious answer is that some are, and some are not. A more important question is which of these two…

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Added by Tom Whitby on November 29, 2012 at 5:01pm — No Comments

Teacher as Learning Designer by Andrew K. Miller

Andrew K. Miller

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Oprah, Rihanna, and What Young Black Girls Need By Marilyn Rhames

Oprah, Rihanna, and What Young Black Girls Need

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Teachers Should Have the Option of Working in Teacher-Led Schools By Tom Vander Ark

Teachers Should Have the Option of Working in Teacher-Led Schools

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Take It From Tennessee: Lessons on Teacher Evaluation By Liana Heitin

Take It From Tennessee: Lessons on Teacher Evaluation

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments

Four Questions on Common Core and Reading Assessment by Breyette Lorntz

Four Questions on Common Core and Reading Assessment

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A high level of scrutiny and uncertainty surrounds the first assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards. Questions abound. How will these assessments interact with other assessments? How will they affect…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments

Raise Scores With Teacher Prep, Not Test Prep By David Ginsburg

Raise Scores With Teacher Prep, Not Test Prep

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 9:18am — No Comments

Beyond the Scoreboard by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

How to Use Value-Added Measures Right by Matthew Di Carlo

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Added by Michael Keany on November 29, 2012 at 9:14am — No Comments

Arne Duncan for US Secretary of State by Tom Friedman

My Secretary of State

By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN

Published: November 27, 2012 NY Times

President Obama is assembling his new national security team, with Senator John Kerry possibly heading for the Pentagon and U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice the perceived front-runner to become secretary of state. Kerry is an excellent choice for defense. I don’t know Rice at all, so I have no opinion on her fitness for the job, but I think the contrived flap over her Libya comments certainly shouldn’t… Continue

Added by Michael Keany on November 28, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Taking the Long View on Common Core By Learning Forward

Taking the Long View on Common Core

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Added by Michael Keany on November 27, 2012 at 3:56pm — No Comments

What Kind of Success Does 'Character' Predict? By Joan F. Goodman

What Kind of Success Does 'Character' Predict?

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IQ, the time-honored predictor of school success, has a new rival: “character.” As described by Paul Tough, who initially popularized these ideas in a …

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Added by Michael Keany on November 27, 2012 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Meeting Students Where They Are--Emotionally By David Ginsburg

Meeting Students Where They Are--Emotionally

"You're going…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 27, 2012 at 3:31pm — No Comments

The Power of Academic Parent-Teacher Teams by Ann O'Brien

The Power of Academic Parent-Teacher Teams

This time of year, many people are reflecting on what is truly important in life and all they have to be grateful for. The most common item of the top of these lists:…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 27, 2012 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Working in Ethiopia

Friends,

I have decided to go to Ethiopia to spend the year working on improving reading in the primary grades. This has always been my passion and it is one important reason I have been working for years on building the library and sending books there) through h2 Empower (www.h2empower.org). It is essential that children learn to read. Then they can ask questions and find ways to solve themselves, become critical thinkers and lovers of learning. But… Continue

Added by Helen Boxwill on November 25, 2012 at 4:02pm — No Comments

On Being Thankful—Taking the Time to Do the Right Thing

By the time you read this—however you spent Thanksgiving—what was served, and how you spent time together with family will have morphed into the frenzy that is often associated with the start of the traditional holiday season.  As I took the time on Wednesday, November 21st to express my appreciation to the staff of our school district prior to the actual holiday break I was reminded of the many things that I am thankful for, especially at this time of year.

 

The…

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Added by David A. Gamberg on November 24, 2012 at 11:54am — No Comments

A Conference Perspective

When I accepted an invitation to attend the World Innovation Summit on Education, WISE2012, in Doha, Qatar, I had absolutely no idea what I was getting into. In my own arrogance I thought I was a seasoned education conference attendee. I have been to maybe a…

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Added by Tom Whitby on November 23, 2012 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Don't Let Data Drive Your Dialogue by Dr. Bruce Beairsto

Don't Let Data Drive Your Dialogue

Dr. Bruce Beairsto
4 November 2010

Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them…

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Added by Michael Keany on November 23, 2012 at 8:10am — 1 Comment

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