How bad is the standardized testing obsession in public education? Really bad, says James Arnold, the former superintendent of Pelham City Schools in Pelham, Ga., in the following post. A version of this appeared on his blog.
Some teachers in Fairfax County are planning to protest lagging salaries by cutting back on work that is outside of their contract, a move that could cause students to miss out on many extra after-school services that teachers provide.Read full article >>
When Albert Lewis attended middle school in Prince George’s County in the late 1990s, he was shocked to walk into his eighth-grade history class and find a black man sitting behind the teacher’s desk.
Nathaniel Laney’s presence was a first for Lewis, who is now a teacher himself. Until then, he had never seen a male teacher outside of gym class.Read full article >>
There has been a strong reaction to my recent post titled ”A video that shows why teachers are going out of their minds,” which revealed Chicago teachers being led in a professional development session in which they sound like kindergarteners, repeating words in unison. Some commenters on the post defended the practice but most of the comments attacked it, revealing what is well known in the education world: Most professional development (PD) is lousy.Read full article >>
Alvin L. Crawley will become the next superintendent of the Alexandria City Public Schools system, making permanent an interim post he has held since October.
The Alexandria School Board announced the decision Friday afternoon after slightly accelerating the search for a new schools chief in order to meet a state law that says the top position cannot go unfilled for more than 180 days.Read full article >>
Arlington County public schools are planning to introduce a technology initiative starting next school year that would give every student a tablet.
The rollout, included in Superintendent Patrick K. Murphy’s budget proposal, would begin by giving all second-graders iPads and all sixth-graders Chromebooks in the fall. Two new grades would be added each year.Read full article >>
The students at Kenmoor Middle School in Prince George’s County were about the same age as the young girl in the photo, taken more than 50 years ago.
The picture, along with books and other mementos, sat on a table near E. Dianne Braddock, 69, as she spoke about growing up in the segregated South. But the girl in the photo, dressed in her Sunday best with white-rimmed glasses, a yellow hat and long, white gloves, was not Braddock.Read full article >>
The Learning Network Blog: Guest Post | News Literacy Is Not Optional If You Need to Be Well-Informed
University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers announced Friday he will step down in June 2015 after he finishes his eighth year as leader of the prestigious private institution in Virginia’s capital.Read full article >>
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of waging a “war” against children after the mayor announced Thursday that he will rescind approvals for three public charter schools to be located inside traditional public schools.Read full article >>
Let’s take a walk down memory lane, back to the long-forgotten era known as 2012. A high school football stadium in suburban Dallas with an eye-popping price tag — $60 million — opened up that August, drawing quite a bit of attention.Read full article >>
Teaching difficult issues with original historical texts
See how Kelly Rodgers uses primary documents to engage students in civil discussion about the difficult issue of slavery. Her education in the MA Degree program offered by the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University strengthened her expertise in the content, and let her develop useful curriculum resources.