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Added by Michael Keany on January 23, 2015 at 9:59am — No Comments
A lot of people think John Dewey invented the Dewey Decimal System. No, that was Melville Dewey.
John Dewey is America's premier educator. He is often called the Father of American Education. He was the guy, about a century ago, who started all the liberal/collectivist/progressive/experiential/socialist/cooperative stuff.
He wanted children to work together in an harmonious group. He didn't want anybody learning too much, because that would create…Continue
Can we deny that there are those who have bestowed tenure on those who didn't deserve it? Can we deny that there are those who could do a better job of developing their teachers and principals? These debates bring with them confusion, resentment, and resistance. We have also seen top notch professionals commit daily to getting better and to caring even more. Most of us want a surgeon, if we need one, to have performed an operation multiple times before we come under the laser or the…Continue
Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 22, 2015 at 7:02am — No Comments
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Got community service?
How to create a volunteer fair
By Verdel Jones
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Whether a school has a majority of its students living in poverty, or only a small percentage of students living in poverty, keeping poverty on our minds is important. Reading about, talking about, and doing something about those students living in poverty may cause us to do something different from what is happening for those students now Read more....
Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 20, 2015 at 7:08am — No Comments
Assumptions & Stereotypes Lead to Poor Practices
This essay will remain neutral regarding race, ethnicity, and gender; however, my personal experiences should be sufficient to drive my point home. Too often people assume their position on a topic is irrefutable although it is not backed by empirical research of any kind. Many times during my career in education, I have heard it stated that minority students need minority role models in order…Continue
Added by Jonathan T. Jefferson on January 19, 2015 at 6:06pm — No Comments
Added by Michael Keany on January 19, 2015 at 3:06pm — No Comments
Leaders, do not mistake an introvert as one without capacity to lead. Whether a superintendent looking at a pool of candidates for other leadership positions in the district, or principals looking for teacher leaders, or teachers considering teacher leadership, all need to pay attention. Create time and spaces for introverts to contribute and increase the number of opportunities for leadership and quiet leaders to emerge. …Continue
Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 18, 2015 at 7:13am — No Comments
Suppose you had a $1 billion grant to dumb down the country.
Would you need to do a lot of fancy research to find the best ways? Not at all. Hang on to your money. According to this article, what they're doing now in the public schools works perfectly, thank you very much.
Here are the six essential techniques, boiled down. 1) Make the classroom as fact-free as possible. 2) If there is information left, efficient teaching is not allowed. 3) Nothing…Continue
Added by Bruce Deitrick Price on January 17, 2015 at 9:33pm — No Comments
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Interviewing: Writing Samples, Role Playing, and More…
The secretary instructs you, “Please arrive thirty minutes before your screening interview to do a writing sample. By the way, please bring a copy of a recent teacher observation report you have done with you.” The writing sample is just one of the requests that might be made of you. Some districts require applicants to…Continue
Added by Dr. Larry Aronstein on January 16, 2015 at 10:11am — No Comments
Exhausted from the changes that have taken place in these last years, no one can accuse schools of not trying. Before there is little energy left, we offer a solution that is both simple and enormous. Stop. Stop adding programs, changing programs, and exchanging programs. Stop responding to external pressures as they arise. Start thinking about the system as a whole. What is the central purpose? It must always begin with the children. If we begin and end with the…Continue
Added by Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. on January 15, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments
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Teacher/administrator communication, or its lack
Administrators and teachers are mostly in agreement about the importance of trying new tools and methods for instruction, yet each identifies the other as an obstacle, writes Jordan Shapiro in The Hechinger Report. Administrators want teachers to adopt new methods, but feel teachers resist change. Teachers yearn to be creative, but feel this is impossible within a rigid bureaucracy. Blame creates a gridlock that…Continue
Added by Michael Keany on January 14, 2015 at 8:32am — No Comments
A home-schooling free-for-all?
Unlike much education in this country, home-schooling is broadly unregulated, writes Motoko Rich in The New York Times. Along with its steady growth has come a debate and lobbying war over how much oversight such education requires. Eleven states do not require home-schooling families to register with district or state agencies, according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education. Fourteen states do not specify subjects that…Continue
Added by Michael Keany on January 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments