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Melissa Knabe
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Yes, Oklahoma, There is a Teacher Shortage
As I write this, a number of politicians and their cronies in Oklahoma are busy attempting to convince the public that there is no teacher shortage in Oklahoma. This is disingenuous at best, and blatant fabrication at worst. At the start of the 2015/2016 sc...

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It's Not (Only) About the Money
I am a teacher in Oklahoma. I come from a family that values service. My grandfather, uncles, dad, stepdad, and son all have served or currently serve in the military. My mother and one sister have or currently work in law enforcement. That same sister and ...

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The Hostile Takeover of Public Education
I have been reading a lot lately about education reform, charter authorizers, and a number of education policy topics that make the most dedicated teachers see red. I have seen members of the public talk about what they "know" about the teaching profession....

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That Didn't Take Long
Oklahoma released a draft of the new K-12 standards for English Language Arts and math, and it didn't take long for OCPA to begin calling out the standards and those who worked with them. Andrew Spiropolous penned one for the Journal Record yesterday. " So ...

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Kill the Bill Part 1
As many of you have already heard, the OK House Education Subcommittee plans to hear HB 3154. Bluntly put, we need to kill the bill. Today. In the subcommittee. The bill would divert the FBA that currently pays 100% of teacher insurance to pay in the name o...

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On Reading from the Four Corners
I recently read an article about David Coleman's ascension to president of College Board, which has been met with as much criticism as praise in education circles. This is largely due to Coleman's work as an education consultant but never as an actual educa...

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In honor of standardized testing month...
I watched the news this morning, which was my first mistake. Then I read a number of articles relating to education policy. Mistake number two. I learn from my mistakes, sometimes quickly. Here's what I learned today: Education professionals must take back ...

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Blogger Challenge and the Hideously Ugly Object Invasion
Raymond Loewy is known as the father of modern industrial design--and for good reason. He, like the Bauhaus, de Stijl, and Craftsman artists, architects, and designers, promoted the idea that form follows function: an object must both fulfill its purpose an...

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We Have to Stop Pretending...
When it comes to #oklaed, we have to stop pretending... that one multiple choice test tells us everything we need to know about a student, her teacher, and her school. that students are engaged in or will find a future need for the kinds of learning we are ...

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Good strategy: Training the Brain to Listen: http://edut.to/1aKRJmA  via @edutopia#CPSReds #Oklaed #edcampokc
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