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  • What Teachers Are Really Searching For Online

    on Jan 26, 16 • in Ask a Teacher, Common Core, Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, From the Front Lines, Middle School, Policy, Professional Development, Teacher Burnout • with Comments

    What Teachers Are Really Searching For Online

    Wonder what teachers are really searching for online? I can tell you – it’s not just lesson plans or decoration ideas. It’s not just how to deal with the unruly child, or how to motivate a reluctant reader. Those searches would be understandable. What teachers are really searching for online is this: jobs for retired teachers\jobs for ex-teachers\jobs for teachers leaving teaching\jobs for teachers\jobs for former teachers\jobs for teachers leaving the profession\careers teachers good jobs for retired teachers\new careers for teachers\jobs for teachers other than teaching\jobs after teaching\leaving teaching for a new career\careers after teaching

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  • Crisis In Flint = Disaster For A Generation Of Students

    on Jan 15, 16 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Reform, Policy, School Improvement, social justice • with Comments

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    When hearing news about the financial issues of major cities in the United States, headlines often point to Camden, Cleveland, St. Louis, and, of course, Detroit. Countless articles have been published about the downturn of these formerly bustling hubs. Detroit alone has garnered international development attention from planners looking to avoid such collapses in the future. Unfortunately, despite similar hardships, small cities often receive much less attention than the larger municipalities. These areas with fewer resources, fewer people, and fewer headlines — places such as Vallejo, CA, Harrisburg, PA, and Flint, MI — have been

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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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  • 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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  • American Dream, Education Nightmare

    on Oct 19, 15 • in Educational Reform, Featured, Opinion • with Comments

    THE EDUCATOR'S ROOM (2)

    Last night I had a dream whereby I visited the high school that my former middle school students attend. While walking up and down the hallways, I saw images of things that greatly disturbed me. First, I saw students who sat silently in desks and took tests – in every room of the high school. When I interacted with a few students who were in the hallways, each of them asked me how their younger siblings were in my current class, and when I went to talk, I realized that I had no mouth. Frustrated,

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