Mary Lord, vice president of the D.C. State Board of Education, was elected president of the National Association of State Boards of Education for 2015.
Lord, a journalist and Dupont Circle resident, has served on the D.C. state board since its inception in 2007.Read full article >>
“It is a recurring narrative about how the leadership in so many education organizations is more responsive to those in power than to those whom they represent.” That comes from the following post about how one particular organization, the New York State PTA, dealt with the requests of some local members over the issue of high-stakes testing. 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. (You can read some of her work on the botched implementation of the Common Core in New York state here, here, here and here.)Read full article >>
The Learning Network: What Have Been Your Experiences With Catcalling or Other Kinds of Street Harassment?
There was a big furor among educators around the country recently when Time magazine ran a cover that said, “Rotten Apples: It is nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher.” The cover, accompanied by a story that was somewhat more nuanced, sparked a mountain of response, including a post by Nancy F. Chewning, assistant principal of William Byrd High School in Roanoke, Va. on her blog, Leading by Example. You can read her entire letter to Time magazine here. Following (which I am publishing with her permission) is the part of Chewning’s letter to Time that talks about what life as a public school educator is like today in the era of high-stakes testing and “no-excuse” reformers who ignore or give short shrift to how much a student’s life outside school affects their academic achievement and puts all of the blame/credit on teachers:Read full article >>