Archive for the ‘Educational Reform’ Category

  • Hosting an LGBQTA Prom

    on May 26, 15 • in Educational Reform, Featured, social justice • with Comments

    prom is for everyone

    Last month the rural Vermont high school in which I teach at hosted a well attended LGBTQA prom as a culminating festivity for the 9th Annual Queer Allied Youth Summit. It was a first of its kind for our county, our community and our school; its success lay in the hands of a few teachers, a classy administration and coordinated activism from a large body of students. (The acronym: LesbianGayBisexualTransgenderQueerAlly) (The acronym: LesbianGayBisexualTransgenderQueerAlly) Senior student activist, Tommy Lockamy, began planning the weekend-long summit with two educators who advise the largest Gay, Lesbian Or Whatever (GLOW)

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  • The Baltimore – Education Reform Connection

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


      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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  • An Alien Civilization Will Destroy America If We Do Not Become The Best Education System Within a Decade: What Would We Do?

    on Apr 28, 15 • in Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Opinion, Policy • with Comments

    Hands on Science  for young learners(1)

    Let’s pretend an alien civilization sends a message to the people of America. Maybe they interrupt the Super Bowl or insert themselves onto our Twitter or Facebook feeds to ensure our awareness of their message. PEOPLE OF AMERICA: YOU HAVE ONE DECADE FROM TODAY TO BECOME THE BEST EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM ON THE PLANET EARTH. FAILURE TO COMPLY WILL RESULT IN YOUR DESTRUCTION. What would happen the next day? My hunch is that the endless parade of policy vicissitudes and meaningless platitudes about American education would quickly dissolve and the ingredients of an improved system that

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  • Inspirational Educator: Joshua Katz, TEDx Talks’ “Toxic Testing Terminator”

    on Apr 16, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Featured, Interviews, Stellar Educator of the Week • with Comments

    Joshua Katz

    Every plaguing problem needs a caped crusader. When it comes to the burdensome culture of standardized assessment, teachers have found one in Joshua Katz (@jakatz87), the “Toxic Testing Terminator.” It’s been about one year since Katz delivered his TEDx Talk on “The Toxic Culture of Education.” In between then and now he’s run for political office. He’s pushed his students to succeed in his mathematics classroom, despite all the odds. And he’s now begun to look at testing from a parent’s perspective. We sat down with Mr. Katz for our most recent #InspirationalEducator series.  

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  • Testing a Thousand Madelyns

    on Mar 4, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, From the Front Lines, Policy • with Comments


    My niece is a beautiful little girl. She is a beautiful girl on the outside, the kind of little girl who cannot take a bad picture. She is also beautiful on the inside. She is her mother’s helper, fiercely loyal to her older brothers, and a wonderful example for her younger brother and sisters. She is the gracious hostess who makes sure you get the nicest decorated cupcake at the birthday party. She has an infectious laugh, a compassionate heart, and an amazing ability “to accessorize” her outfits. For the sake of her privacy, let’s

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