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Maryland county adds Spanish immersion programs at three elementary schools

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 8:38pm
Kindergarten teacher Mariluz Mendez flipped over several flashcards and waited for her students to identify the images.When she raised the picture of a shower, the students yelled “ducha” in unison.When she revealed an image of a dolphin, they hesitated. Then, they said “delfín.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: Teacher: The most important thing I’ve learned

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 11:00am
Ellie Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she decided “on an impulse” to become an English teacher. She got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She chronicled the lessons she learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. Herman, who gave me permission to publish this piece, was awarded first and third place prizes in the 2014 SoCal Journalist Awards given by the Los Angeles Press Club for pieces on her blog. Now she teaches reading and writing at an after-school enrichment program for students from low-income families, visits the classrooms of great teachers, and works with writers, artists and other creative people.Read full article >>






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Strauss: That surprising thing Bill Gates said

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 2:23pm
Bill Gates is an indisputable king of philanthropy, so much so that his private money has the power to draw public funding along with it. Whether it is because the amounts he donates are so large or because people assume his brilliance in technology bleeds into all other areas — or a combination of both — he has had an unprecedented influence on the areas of health and education around the world. That’s why it is important to pay attention to what  he has to say about how the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s initiatives are working.Read full article >>






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Strauss: HarperCollins isn’t the only publisher to wipe Israel off the map

Fri, 01/02/2015 - 3:52pm
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Strauss: Teacher evaluation: going from bad to worse?

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 5:15pm
John King recently resigned as New York state’s education commissioner after a tumultuous tenure in which he helped create and implement a controversial education evaluation system and rushed the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned testing. (He is now going to work as a top assistant to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who apparently thought the controversy that King created was just fine.)  That evaluation system, known as APPR, required that 20 percent of an educator’s evaluation be based on student standardized test scores. Now, New York Schools Chancellor Merryl Tisch wants to make new changes. What are they and why would they take a flawed evaluation system from bad to worse? This post explains. It was written by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog, and it is worth reading. Some of her earlier posts are listed at the bottom.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Arne Duncan asks ‘what if?’ Here’s the response.

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 1:09pm
Education Secretary Arne Duncan tweeted this to his followers on Dec. 30:Read full article >>






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Strauss: The biggest public education win of 2014

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 12:35pm
Veteran teacher Peter Greene looked at what happened in the education world in 2014 and he came up with what he thinks is the biggest win for public education.You can read the full piece here on his Curmudgucation blog, in which he mentions other events that he considers positive for public education, including the defeat of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November members, which he called “a clear signal that voters will put up with only so much gutting of public education.”  But here is what stuck out to him as the most important thing that happened last year:Read full article >>






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Strauss: How hard would it be to replace the Common Core with something better?

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 11:53am
For several years now teachers around the country have been attempting to implement the Common Core State Standards, some with more success than others. Implementation in many places has been flawed at best: many teachers weren’t given enough time to learn the standards and create new curriculum and lesson plans around them, and many of the materials that are available for purchase by education publishing companies and that claim to be Core-aligned are poorly drawn.Read full article >>






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Strauss: 2014 posts you should read at least once

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:30am
To all of you who have stayed tuned to this space for this past year or for any part of it, I thank you. Here are some posts of the last year that help tell the education reform story in 2014. Some were very popular with readers but all speak to some aspect of what happened in 2014 and, I think, are worth your time. This is NOT a “best of” list because there are many others I could have included but didn’t simply for the sake of keeping this from becoming the list version of “War and Peace.”Read full article >>






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Strauss: 2014 posts you should read at least once

Wed, 12/31/2014 - 10:30am
To all of you who have stayed tuned to this space for this past year or for any part of it, I thank you. Here are some posts of the last year that help tell the education reform story in 2014. Some were very popular with readers but all speak to some aspect of what happened in 2014 and, I think, are worth your time. This is NOT a “best of” list because there are many others I could have included but didn’t simply for the sake of keeping this from becoming the list version of “War and Peace.”Read full article >>






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Montgomery’s portable classroom trailers mostly at elementary schools

Tue, 12/30/2014 - 1:19pm
As student enrollment has climbed in Montgomery County, many parents have expressed concerns about the growing number of portable classroom trailers located at the Maryland district’s 202 schools.More than 90 percent of portables used to relieve crowding are at elementary schools in Montgomery, the state’s largest school system. Montgomery has a total of 404, up from 382 last school year. Read full article >>






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An inside look at financial aid offers from private Franklin & Marshall College

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 11:24pm
Here are nine examples of how Franklin & Marshall College sized up the finances of students admitted to the class of 2018. F&M’s full charge for tuition, fees, room and board is $60,799. There are also expenses for books, supplies and transportation.Read full article >>






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Colleges often give discounts to the rich. But here’s one that gave up on ‘merit aid.’

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 9:11pm
LANCASTER, Pa. — The open secret of higher education is that private colleges competing for students often slash prices for families wealthy enough to pay full tuition.Some dangle “merit aid” to lure academic stars. Others use discounts to ensure that they enroll enough affluent students to meet their revenue targets.Read full article >>






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Bowser’s ‘Deal for All’ aims to boost middle schools, but can programs be replicated?

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 7:47pm
When the bell rings at 3:15 p.m., students at Alice Deal Middle School all have somewhere they can go. If it’s Monday, it might be African drumming or calligraphy club. Tuesday means ultimate Frisbee, meditation or Science Olympiad; and Wednesday, there’s fencing, fantasy football or Model U.N. On Friday, one club closes out the week doing yo-yo tricks in the main hallway.Read full article >>






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As enrollment grows in Montgomery, more than 9,000 students in portable classrooms

Mon, 12/29/2014 - 6:41pm
At Woodlin Elementary in Silver Spring enrollment is up, but expansion is still an idea in waiting. The result is a colony of portable classroom trailers clustered behind the school, an outpost of learning where 150 students in second and fifth grades spend much of their days.Read full article >>






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Aspen Hill residents fight plan to move alternative-ed programs into neighborhood

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 7:30pm
A group of Aspen Hill residents is fighting a plan to relocate Montgomery County’s alternative-education programs to their neighborhood, saying the proposal would disrupt a quiet community, needlessly demolish a school building and waste taxpayer money.Read full article >>






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Mathews: Those football powers may be good for you

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 12:49pm
This is an exciting week for college football freaks like me. Our nation’s first four-team playoff for the national championship (hopefully to be replaced eventually by an eight-team playoff) begins New Year’s Day. It teaches a lesson that goes beyond sports to how we rate colleges and how we should feel when the most highly ranked reject us. Read full article >>






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Strauss: The ‘F-bomb’ of teaching. (It’s not what you think.)

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 12:00pm
Ellie Herman took an unorthodox path to the world of education. For two decades she was a writer/producer for television shows including “The Riches,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Chicago Hope” and “Newhart.” She wrote fiction that appeared in literary journals, among them The Massachusetts Review, The Missouri Review and the O.Henry Awards Collection. Then, in 2007, she decided “on an impulse” to become an English teacher. She got a job at a South Los Angeles charter school that was 97 percent Latino and where 96 percent of the students lived below the poverty line. She taught drama, creative writing, English 11 and 9th grade Composition until 2013, when she decided to stop teaching and spend a year visiting classrooms and learning from other teachers. She chronicled the lessons she learned on her blog, Gatsby in L.A., where a version of the following post appeared. Herman, who gave me permission to publish this, was awarded first and third place prizes in the 2014 SoCal Journalist Awards given by the Los Angeles Press Club. She wrote this in January 2014, when she was halfway through her year of observing teachers across Los Angeles.Read full article >>






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Strauss: Nine education predictions for 2015

Sun, 12/28/2014 - 10:30am
In this post, veteran teacher Larry Ferlazzo offers his annual list of education predictions for the coming year.  Ferlazzo teaches English and Social Studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California.  He has written seven books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher, and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. Read them and see if you can tell which ones are wishful thinking (I would suggest No. 2), and which are more likely to happen, and tell him in the comments what he got right and wrong.Read full article >>






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Redskins protesters gearing up for FedEx Field rally offended by nearby event’s title

Fri, 12/26/2014 - 8:11pm
Opponents of the Washington Redskins name have staged protests over the past two years from California to Texas, Arizona to Minnesota. They have also taken their pleas to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.Read full article >>






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