Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • Planning the Last Unit

    on May 22, 15 • in Instruction&Curriculum, Instructional Strategies, Literacy, Policy, Social Studies, Technology • with Comments

    Planning your last unit

    This is the time of year in which students’ impetus to volunteer, join clubs, school wide activities, and community drives overrides the necessity to finish out a school year. Many justifications are given for not being in class — and how could I blame them? A record cold winter and delayed spring bloom kept students pent up indoors. Educators must balance learning with exposure to curriculum content, student progress with student awareness, and standardized assessment with school wide finals. Aside from this, I must concentrate on what role technology will play in a 1:1 mobile device classroom

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  • Charter Schools Have Lost Their Way

    on May 21, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Policy • with Comments

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    Charter schools were first conceived in 1988 by then American Federation of Teachers President Albert Shanker. Shanker hoped to open up schools that would be led by teachers who would use innovative methods to help children learn. The idea was to allow students to come to a charter school even if it was not in their neighborhood, thus allowing a mixture of students from different economic classes as well as different races to learn together. Charters would be granted for a five to ten year period and would only be renewed if they succeeded. They

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  • The Baltimore – Education Reform Connection

    on May 11, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Featured, Policy • with Comments

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      The Baltimore neighborhood that was the focus of protests after Freddie Gray’s death exists in every major city in this country. Too often such neighborhoods were once places where families could graduate from high school and get decent jobs. Schools had decent funding and could find ways to help struggling students like Freddie Gray. But things have changed since then. To provide a clear picture of how neighborhoods like this fall into decline let me share with you what I watched happen to one neighborhood in Philadelphia during my teaching career. I began teaching

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  • Teacher Branding 101: Use The Summer to Strategize on Your Brand

    on May 11, 15 • in education blogging, Educator Professionalism, Policy, Teacher Branding • with Comments

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    Summer vacation is a critical time for teachers. It is time to decompress from all of the stress of the school year and realign your teaching for the new school year. Many teachers use this time to travel and “catch up” with their families while others use the time to earn money to stabilize their financial future. During my thirteen years in the classroom, I did what many teachers did for summer vacation- I stayed at home and worked on lesson plans. During difficult years, I worked summer school to make “ends” meet during other

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  • Governor Cuomo versus Public Education

    on Apr 28, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Policy • with Comments

    NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo

    Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York has begun an attack on public education in his state. His first target has been the teachers. After learning that about 95% of the state’s teachers received the two highest ratings on their evaluations, the governor decided that there had to be something wrong with the evaluations. His solution – tie a percentage of a teacher’s evaluation to the standardized test scores of the students the teacher taught. In addition, because principals obviously were being too lenient in observations, bring in administrators and lead teachers from other districts to

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