Archive for the ‘Educational Reform’ Category

  • 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

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    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

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    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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  • Reconsidering Columbus: A day worthy of an alternative

    on Oct 13, 14 • in Educational Reform, Instruction&Curriculum, Policy, Social Studies • with Comments

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    For decades, students in elementary school classes have admired portraits and sang songs telling the tale of America’s hero, Christopher Columbus. In his well-documented 1492 journey, Columbus — enroute to India — stumbled upon what would become the Americas; Hispaniola to be exact. The rest of his journey is…history. Somewhere in the depths of our history books, we overlooked a slew of key facts surrounding Columbus’ journey, actions, and subsequent celebration. We failed to note the abundance of native people already inhabiting the island — Tainos, Arawaks, and Lucayans whose modern kin barely exist. We

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  • Propaganda Used in Campbell Brown’s Attack on Teacher Tenure

    on Aug 18, 14 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Educator Professionalism, Policy • with Comments

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    When I teach Animal Farm by George Orwell I have the opportunity to teach propaganda techniques. I provide the students with the definitions and examples of several different types of propaganda techniques. Then, as we read, I have them find these techniques in the novel.  Students also find and share propaganda in advertisements they see in other media, on TV or on the web. The New World Encyclopedia states, “The aim of propaganda is to actively influence people’s opinions, rather than to merely communicate the facts about something.” Former news anchor Campbell Brown has been very vocal in actively trying to influence

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  • Just the Facts: Charter High School Performance in Memphis, TN

    on Jul 30, 14 • in Educational Reform, Policy • with Comments

    My school has a strong data driven culture. We use data not just to identify grade level or class wide trends, but trends with individual students. Because it’s not enough for me to know that the entire class scored, say, an 80 percent on a specific assessment. I need to be able to identify high, middle and low performers on each assessment and reflect on what has made them successful. This is a wonderful practice because it helps me identify what the strong performers are doing well and consider how I can use this information

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