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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
We have mentored a foster child through many “homes” and placements, and she has spent many holidays with us. This year, she’s bonding (we hope) with a new family.
The killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School shot through a window, a detail that stuck with the co-founder of School Guard Glass, maker of a strong glass intended to thwart intruders.
Common Cents, which conducts annual Penny Harvests in New York City schools, has raised $10 million over the years. But for the second consecutive year, the program is on the brink of shutting down.
Stained-glass and ceiling vaults that had all but disappeared under 80 years of grime are back on display at Sterling Memorial Library’s entrance hall, known as the nave.
Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston said that public school officials and teachers’ union leaders had agreed to add 40 minutes to the school day.
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 >>
A lawsuit filed by three former educators at Bailey’s Elementary School for the Arts and Sciences alleging discrimination will move forward, but a federal judge has dismissed several of the claims against the school’s principal.Read full article >>
From the time our boys were babies, we were so desperate for a few hours of respite that we turned our house into a library with a nasty librarian. Now they can’t sleep without silence — and I know how well that ends.
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