A Victory for Freedom of the Campus Press in San Diego — ACADEME BLOG

BY JOHN K. WILSON Yesterday, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision for freedom of the press and free speech on campus in The Koala v. Khosla, reversing a deeply mistaken lower court ruling. The 9th Circuit ruled that a public university cannot ban funding to student publications, particularly not in reaction…

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The New Orleans Charter Fiasco Train: Add Another Car

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If you want to read about one charter fiasco after another, look no farther than New Orleans.

In December 2018, I wrote a post about the issues facing the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) and its superintendent, Henderson Lewis. As of May 2016, the New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD) began the process of being dissolved, with RSD charters being transferred to the jurisdiction of OPSB. (All-charter OPSB has since been renamed “NOLA Public Schools.”)

Lewis and OPSB/NOLA Public Schools are increasingly finding themselves in the position of chaos clean-up. From my December 2018 post, including my quoting from the Lens:

It seems that Orleans Parish Schools superintendent Henderson Lewis has his hands full in dealing with New Orleans charter schools that find themselves in fiscal trouble.

As the November 13, 2018, New Orleans Lens reports, Lewis has decided to close three charter schools “in the…

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Two Simple ‘Add-ons’ to Get More Out of Formative Assessment — The Effortful Educator

How often does this happen in the classroom? Students are taught information.Students take quiz.Students grade quiz.Students see their grade. Everyone moves on.I must admit this sometimes occurs in my classroom. There’s no further feedback than students seeing how many they got right/wrong. This is not good enough. I want to avoid this situation next school year…

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UW College of Education: Immersion in Doctrinaire Social Justice Activism — The Underground Parent

A friend sent me a link to an article back in April. While I found the article alarming, it didn’t really surprise me. I knew things were bad at the University of Washington College of Education but I didn’t realize things were as bad as this person presents it. The article, What They Don’t Teach […]

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Advice on the Teaching of Standard Algorithms Before Common Core Says it is Safe to Do So Dept.

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EdReports.org is an organization that rates textbooks/curricula with respect to how well they align with the Common Core standards. There are no ratings on the effectiveness of a curriculum or textbook–just whether it adheres/aligns to the standards.

They published a guideline for how to use EdReports’ reviews of texts.  Of interest is that under “Focus” for K-8, the key criterion to be assessed via their gradated ratings is: “Major work of the grade and no concepts assessed before appropriate grade level”

What captures my attention about this is the “no concepts assessed before appropriate grade level”.  Sounds similar to “no wine before its time” but it has more sinister implications in my opinion.

In my investigations and writing about Common Core standards, I have heard from both Jason Zimba and Bill McCallum, the two lead writers of the math standards. They have assured me that a standard that appears in a particular…

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Checking For Understanding: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Questioning — Fair schooling & assessment

Originally posted on Mr. G Mpls: Mike Schmoker sounded the alarm when he wrote in Results Now that “for the majority of lessons, no evidence exists by which a teacher could gauge or report on how well students are learning.” In an interview, author and former teacher Tom Sherrington said “as a profession, we need to…

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Parent Voice: Persistence — The Underground Parent

In April, I wrote two articles about Parent Voice: Parent Voice: Bumps in the Road and The Rising Parent Voice. The Rising Parent Voice addresses the squabble taking place over the math curriculum in Wake County North Carolina. After parent complaints, Wake will review panel that backs controversial math program is the most recent article […]

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Out on Good Behavior, Dept. — traditional math

I am currently writing a series called “Out on Good Behavior: Teaching Math While Looking Over Your Shoulder” When the series is complete, it will be published in book form by John Catt Educational, Ltd.” The chapters are being published in serial form at the Truth in American Education website. If you are curious, the […]

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Feedback that moves learning forward — HARNESSING THE POWER OF ASSESSMENT

Feedback is one of the most powerful influences on learning and achievement, but this impact can be either positive or negative. Hattie & Timperley (2007) Feedback is the engine that powers learning. But from the quote above, it’s clear that not all feedback is effective. This presents a bit of a quandary. How do you […]

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GUEST POST: Who Benefits More From Peer Feedback: The Giver or the Receiver? — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

By Katie Marquardt Katie Marquardt is a secondary teacher of history, geography, and economics, and has taught at international schools in Myanmar and Cambodia. Cognitive psychology is a special interest of hers, and she is always looking for ways to use education research to improve her classroom practice. She blogs at Pondering Pedagogy and tweets…

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