The selective and convenient use of VAM (valued added measures) by reform advocates, along with other statistics lingo, has helped to frost over the veritable turd cake of ill-conceived reform efforts and the lack of accountability in areas it's sorely needed. It's true that there is no excuse for giving up on the obligation to help children [...]
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Contact your N.Y. Assembly representative! Recently, four bills were sponsored in our N.Y. State Assembly, and I have no idea how the legislative process works in great detail, but the spirit behind and purpose of these bills is encouraging. It certainly could be part of what has some of the lobbyist/wealth-funded school privatizers running around [...]
Preview in iTunes View and Subscribe in iTunes View and Subscribe in Stitcher. What is a podcast and why should you listen? A podcast is basically a talk radio show (without the annoying commercials) that you can download and listen to anywhere in the world. I recently decided to delve straight into podcasting after becoming [...]
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 [...]
This article was edited for length from the original interview. To see the whole interview, please view the video embedded at the end of the article. James Sanders, Director of Innovation, EdTech Team On February 16th, I sat down with James Sanders, Director of Innovation at the Ed Tech Team, a former middle [...]
In the dog eat dog world of high school, only a few things are certain: a) that you’re going to be socially awkward all the time, and b) that your peers and classmates will be easily swayed. If you’re interested in pursuing a role in your school’s student government, that second idea is going to [...]
The Educator's Room Founder & CEO, Fran Warren We'd like to introduce you to Fran Warren, Founder and CEO of The Educator's Room. What was once a small blog has continually blossomed and grown, becoming a true voice for education and educators around the United States and world. Fran is a great leader, [...]
This article is part of our new feature "State of Education" where we hear what is going on in each state around the country, from an educator in that state. If you would like to write about your state, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Representing the tiny state of Vermont, it is my humble opinion [...]
Many Physical Educators are now in the midst of their physical fitness tests across the nation. Just like classroom teachers, we need to do a “pre” and “post” assessment in order to not only evaluate our students, but also our planning and classroom strategies used throughout the year. Part of the testing process has to [...]