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David B. Cohen
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Good post, Josh! I definitely look for a balance here, depending on what aspect of life and school we're talking about. I do not "prepare" my 9th and 10th grade students for standardized tests, (though I think if they are working hard on the skills we're learning, they will also do well on much of what's tested). I do not "prepare" them for a fictitious real world in which all deadlines are absolute and nothing late is acceptable. With my advisees, I do have some responsibilities to help them understand their post-high school options, and to see the connection between their choices/actions in high school and what will follow. But I do try to balance the forward-looking advice with a sense of the now. Students want to sign up for a certain class because they think it will help "prepare" them for college, and I sometimes respond that college is not the end. Every stage in life involves some preparation for the future, and we're never entirely prepared. It's okay to reach college without having done everything you possibly could have done in high school. It's okay to make choices that are all about enjoying the present time for its own sake, because life should be manageable, even enjoyable, even if you're in high school!
Are my students being adequately prepared? This seems to be one of those questions and conversations that always come up in school. How are you preparing your students? When they are in elementary school we are trying to ...
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These California districts and teachers associations are working together on CCSS implementation, and hopefully, establishing productive relationships that will help with every aspect of their ongoing work - CCSS-related or not.
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Interesting program in Riverside County - the Teacher Leader Certification Academy. Their first cohort finishes a two-year process tonight.
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This is quite an endeavor.  I hope that it spreads to Orange County
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LAUSD teacher Lisa Alva Wood explores the gaps between meaningful assessments and testing, and the implications for teacher evaluation: "You, Me, and AGT – Part Two"
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LAUSD teacher Lisa Alva Wood explores the gaps between meaningful assessments and testing, and the implications for teacher evaluation: You, Me, and AGT – Part Two
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After tonight, it will be 2 events down and 3 to go. Check out information for remaining events at Stanford, Occidental College, and Cal St. Northridge.
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I'll be at the CSUN event!
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If teacher leadership makes sense, what's the appropriate role, if any, for the state, counties, or districts to certify teacher leaders?
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"If past is prologue, things that aren’t being tested won’t end up being taught. It’s not just kids who ask, 'Is this going to be on the test?'  These days, when test scores determine which adults get fired, they’re probably the first ones to ask, 'Is this going to be on the test?'”
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It’s time to retire the cliché “defend the status quo.”  Just. Stop. Now.
It’s misleading, insulting, and worst of all… it’s such an overused cliché, which makes for dull writing and dumbed-down debates.  We need an intervention to help people who can’t help themselves when it comes to repeating this worn-out  phrase.
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Blog post details the kind of learning associated with high school robotics competition. Shouldn't all students have similar opportunities? Check out the slideshow too!
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Hi David. Great blog. Thank you. Tony
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  • Accomplished California Teachers
    Assoc. Director, 2009 - present
  • Palo Alto High School
    Teacher, Advisor, 2002 - present
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High school English teacher, advocate for public education and the teaching profession
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Currently living and teaching in Palo Alto, CA, by way of Los Angeles, Berkeley, Chicago, and a few other stops along the way.
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  • Stanford University School of Education
    Education, 1994 - 1995
  • U.C. Berkeley
    English, 1987 - 1991
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