Posts from October 2014

Posted Oct. 31, 2014

There’s No Time to Delay on College-Ready Tests in Illinois

For the first time, all Illinois families can examine the health of their local schools with comprehensive data that go far beyond the “temperature check”…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

4 Reasons Halloween Is More Fun When You’re a Kid

  For many of us, today is just another work day. But remember when you actually were a kid? Halloween was the best. Costume Parade…

By Hanna Grace Frank

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

Delaware’s Difficult School Turnaround Conversations

Matthew Albright has a good update on Delaware’s continuing conversations about its six “priority” schools in today’s News Journal. The discussion centers on six Wilmington…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014

Cunningham Asks Weingarten to “Rebuild Trust and Change Conversation”

This morning our executive director, Peter Cunningham, published An Open Letter to Randi Weingarten in Education Week, calling for a better conversation in order to…

By J. Gordon Wright

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Posted Oct. 30, 2014

State of ‘The Nation’?

I’m a proud progressive who subscribes to Finley Peter Dunne’s view that the role of journalism is to, “Comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Oct. 30, 2014

Bob Herbert’s ‘Plot’ Against the Truth about Education Reform

Bob Herbert’s recent piece on education reform is a good example of how approaching a subject with your mind made up hurts your argument. Like…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 30, 2014

Advice to TN: Build on Your Success, Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

In 2008, Tennessee learned it had some of the lowest standards in the nation and was the recipient of an “F” grade from the U.S.…

By Ann Whalen

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Posted Oct. 29, 2014

TNTP Urges Union Prez to ‘Walk the Walk’ on Collaboration

TNTP called out American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten for not “playing by her own rules” when it comes to fostering collaboration with school…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 29, 2014

The More You Get into the Core, the More There Is to Like

The Common Core didn’t make a great first impression, to say the least, when it first took to the national stage. The standards have been…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Oct. 29, 2014

Testing Not about Mistrust, It’s about Getting an Accurate Diagnosis

Arne Duncan made a lot of people mad with his comments about white suburban mothers back in 2013. Well, I’m a white suburban mother and I…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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