A Teacher Requests Her Students Not To Be Tested

I have had the immense fortune of being able to be in front of children in many different capacities for 25 years.  It truly humbles me to know that for 25 years, parents have trusted my professionalism, training, care, creativity, and judgment when it comes to their children. My experiences include both regular/general education, and [...]

How Can We Build "Cultural Capital" With Our English Language Learners?

By Maria Montalvo-Balbed Often, principals or school leaders with whom I am working ask me to provide them with no more than three implementable strategies to make an ELL population successful. I wish it were that easy to name just three "things" to help students automatically develop great listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. As [...]

The State of Education: Funding Control Changes in California

Approximately 93 percent of education funding comes from the state or local level. As we are a federalist system where a state is responsible for the safety, morality, and health of its residents (known as “police powers”), education falls within a state’s reserved powers, and thus it is primarily a state responsibility to fund its educational [...]

Teacher Branding 101: Teacher Brainwashing Has to Stop

"Well, I'm okay with struggling financially, I teach because I love my kids not to get rich." "Well...I'd like to move to that job in Central Office, but I don't know if I'm qualified." "I don't know if I could ask for what I wanted. They may not let me do that." As educators, we've [...]

Education, Circa 2038

Twenty-five years from now, I will be just shy of 65 years old. I should be retired by then. As I read recently about Amazon's delivery drone idea and at the same time thought about the seeming inevitability of the Common Core State Standards and their associated tests (even, eventually, in my non-CCSS home state), [...]