Michael Keany's Blog – December 2014 Archive (48)

A poor Moroccan kid in France is now much more likely to join the middle class than a child born to a poor family in Mississippi.

Another country

Since its birth, the U.S. has defined itself as egalitarian, fundamentally distinct from the class-ridden societies of Europe, writes Matt Phillips in Quartz. This has sometimes been true: On the eve of the American Revolution, income distribution for American colonists was much better than in England, slavery aside (if you can put it aside). Yet the U.S. has become increasingly unequal since the Civil War. For an interval in the 20th century, parity…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

A triumph in redesign

A triumph in redesign

In a profile of Guilmette Elementary School in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Jennifer Davis writes in The Hechinger Report that Principal Lori Butterfield didn't want to boost literacy and math scores at the cost of everything else. Lawrence Receiver Jeff Riley gave district principals "charter-like" autonomies, including control over budgets, curricula, schedule, professional development, and how much time (200 or 300 hours) to add to a full school…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 17, 2014 at 5:50am — No Comments

Mission impossible

Mission impossible

What burned teacher Ellie Herman out after five years, she relates on the Answer Sheet blog in The Washington Post, was a photocopier dubbed "La Bestia" in her low-income high school in Los Angeles. Herman, decades-long TV writer/producer for shows like "Desperate Housewives," "Chicago Hope," and "Newhart," switched in 2007 to teaching Drama, Creative Writing, English 11, and 9th-grade Composition at a South Los Angeles charter that was 97 percent…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 17, 2014 at 5:48am — No Comments

Professor to students: ‘Forgive me your final grades’

Professor to students: ‘Forgive me your final grades’…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 12, 2014 at 8:56am — 1 Comment

The case for requiring ethnic studies in high school by Cynthia Liu

The case for requiring ethnic studies in high school…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 12, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Crossing the Border to Kindergarten By Annalisa Nash Fernandez

Crossing the Border to Kindergarten

By Annalisa Nash Fernandez

Ed Week

English-language learners represent nearly one in 10 public school students nationwide. There is no question that ELL programs can strain limited school resources, but these children do learn English. And as early language learners, they also enjoy a wide range of cognitive benefits. Benefits that I wanted my own children to take advantage of because they do not live in a Spanish-speaking…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 11, 2014 at 3:24pm — No Comments

It pays to increase your word power by Robert Pondiscio

It pays to increase your word power

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Added by Michael Keany on December 11, 2014 at 9:35am — No Comments

Questions about Questions: NCSS and UbD by Grant Wiggins

Questions about Questions: NCSS and UbD

by grantwiggins

Many history and social studies teachers have asked me a question that is moving around Twitter: “What is the relationship between…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 9, 2014 at 10:36am — No Comments

If teachers are judged by student test scores, how about state education leaders? Comment by Carol Burris

If teachers are judged by student test scores, how about state education leaders?…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 9, 2014 at 10:24am — No Comments

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for Learning

What Meaningful Reflection On Student Work Can Do for…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 9, 2014 at 10:17am — No Comments

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School…

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Added by Michael Keany on December 9, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

How to Get Feedback on Your Coaching By Elena Aguilar

How to Get Feedback on Your Coaching

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Added by Michael Keany on December 9, 2014 at 9:26am — No Comments

Our Children and Race By Leo Casey

Our Children and Race

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Added by Michael Keany on December 5, 2014 at 3:41pm — No Comments

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