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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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