Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

  • A Closer Look at School Choice: The Ohio Problem

    on Nov 18, 15 • in From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments

    the educator's room (3)

    choolRecently the United States Department of Education made a unique move regarding federal funds that had been awarded to the state of Ohio for expansion of charter schools. Here is part of the story. The summer of 2014 The Ohio State Board of Education began an investigation into the Horizon Science Academy High School in Dayton. Several former teachers at the school had brought concerns to the State Board. • One incident that was reported had occurred at a school event. Students were having oral sex in front of some classmates and the entire situation

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  • 5 Ways to Flip the Parent-Teacher Conference Script

    on Nov 10, 15 • in Current Events in Education, From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments

    take your apps outside (1)

    With a total of five hours to meet 20-something families, elementary school teachers in New York City have between 10 and 15 minutes for each conference. That doesn’t leave a lot of time to cover a child’s academic progress, social-emotional progress, areas for growth in these areas, and provide suggestions for supporting learning at home. It’s no surprise then that teachers can end up talking the whole time and still feel like they didn’t say everything they needed to. It’s not surprising, but it’s a shame. Because in many schools, Parent-Teacher Conferences are one, if

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  • Zero Tolerance For Zero Tolerance

    on Nov 9, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Featured, Opinion, Policy, School Improvement, social justice • with Comments

    Zero Tolerance For Zero Tolerance

    As Russell J. Skiba points out in his research on zero-tolerance policies, it’s quite difficult to find the “moment” when our schools implemented zero-tolerance policies in our school, but we can trace the impact of them to the 1994 Free Schools Act as a time when districts were quick to suspend students for fear of losing federal funds. And now it’s time we suspend zero tolerance. The American Psychologist, Dr. Paul Mattiuzzi, Educational Research Magazine, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association, notable newspapers like the Baltimore Sun, the American Bar Association,

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  • Getting My Life Together-Mentally and Physically

    on Nov 3, 15 • in Policy • with Comments

    Why july is the best month to be a teach (1)

    As a wife and a mom to four, you can imagine how obsessive it can be to make sure that your family is healthy-at all times. Sometimes it may mean that I drag everyone to the park to have some outside time, while other times it means me strictly monitoring what everyone puts in their mouths.  With me just having had a baby four months ago, I’ve been increasingly worried about brain health, with not only mine–but my young baby’s as well. (I mean let’s be honest-I’m over 35 with a new baby.) In case

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  • What President Obama Didn’t Say About Standardized Testing

    on Oct 30, 15 • in Common Core, Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

    Randy Pausch

    On Saturday, October 24th, President Obama came out with a wholehearted message about his concern about how much schools, teachers, and students were focusing on standardized testing. He began his speech with a pop quiz, asking parents what school options they would like to provide students who had more time to learn and what they could do with it. His answer, like yours and mine, includes just about everything – other than more tests. President Obama came out with a wholehearted message about his concern about how much schools, teachers, and students were focusing on testing. The President provided

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