Poverty, Parents, Homework and Kitchen Tables

Poverty is more than just an excuse Policymakers and mainstream education reformers have been chronically unwilling to acknowledge education research and evidence indicating the impact of poverty on school children and the need for social and economic reforms. Yet at the same time they demand attention to and respect for the test data they believe [...]

Text Evidence in the Common Core: There Are Such Things as Facts

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) were released in 2009. They are now seven years old. I will admit that I was not initially enthusiastic about the English Language Arts literacy standards.  I felt they were heavy in non-fiction…(no, wait.. heavy in “informational texts”). The CCSS suggested a typical student should have a reading diet filled with informational texts [...]

Conference Review: National Council for Social Studies

The National Council for Social Studies had its 96th annual conference this past week in Washington, DC. Like the NEA’s Representative Assembly, the assembly is held in the nation’s capital during election years. It marked my first in attendance. Being from central Pennsylvania, I’m fortunate enough to be able to drive to the District of [...]

By | 2016-12-05T19:24:47+00:00 December 5th, 2016|Classroom Leadership, Common Core, Featured, Social Studies|0 Comments

Dear President Elect Trump, From Your Teachers

It is American Education week.  This event is an honor given to teachers one week a year by the National Education Association since 1921.  The message this year is about empowering educators, students, and schools across the nation.  Educators have been long ignored as experts in education.  Empowerment is a timely message this week as we [...]

By | 2016-11-17T11:00:20+00:00 November 17th, 2016|Common Core, Current Events in Education|0 Comments

We Need our Educators Now More than Ever

We desperately need dedicated educators willing to build a career around serving today’s learners and today’s communities-our tomorrow depends on it. Under the guise of "reform", public education and teaching have been under a years-long attack driven by private interests in collusion with policymakers looking to profit from and gain control of a private education [...]