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Bridging the parent-teacher gap
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Staying Strong in Chaotic World: Helping Children When Violent Events Occur
Listening to my friend Michael Soaries observe reactions to terrible events (one after another, as they're documented almost instantly) is like resting in the quiet eye of a hurricane.  His reflections on how to talk to our children about violence are insig...
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can look carefully at one sample to examine the health of the entire system–
such as testing a drop of water to assess the ocean. So too, we can use these
three PARCC prompts to glimpse how the high stakes accountability system has
deformed teaching and...
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John Oliver's Illustrative Investigation of the Standardized Testing Plague in the U.S...
Instructions
for teachers: "…If a student vomits on his or her test booklet…" and
more... John Oliver does a thorough investigation
on the testing plague in the U.S.   A home run of an analysis as he describes who is paying the price, and who is making ...
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Governor Cuomo and Chancellor Tisch: Building a Bigger and Meaner APPR Monster....
Eureka!  This new APPR monster is truly awful!  This will surely drive out teachers and bring forth the demise of the public education in our state, at last! ~ New York State Education Department What an outrage! In 2014, too many public school teachers
rec...
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Standardized Tests are the Failures - Not Our Children
How Standardized Tests Do Not Assess Common Core Standards (Part 1 of 2 Parts) Packaging "Wonder" The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) drives the current trend - the Common Core and its Standardized Tests, which bombar...
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Standardized Tests are the Failures - Not Our Children
How Standardized
Tests do not Assess Common Core standards.   (Part 1 of 2 Parts) Packaging Wonder The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for
College and Careers) drives the current trend - the Common Core and its
Standardized Tests, which bomba...
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Standardized Tests are the Failures - Not Our Children (Part 1 of 2 Parts)
How Standardized Tests do
not Assess Common Core standards. The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for
College and Careers) drives the current trend - the Common Core and its Standardized
Tests, which bombard American school children all through...
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Standardized Tests are the Failures - Not Our Children (Part 1 of 2 Parts)
How Standardized Tests do
not Assess Common Core standards. The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for
College and Careers) drives the current trend - the Common Core and its Standardized
Tests, which bombard American school children all through...
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Big Brother and His Holding Company- John King and The New York State Education Department: Manipulating Student Information to Drive Agendas
Data mining embeds student information into the digital footprint forever - but worse - John King and company are manipulating this highly personal information to "demonstrate" that our public school system is "failing" our students.  Carol Burris, principa...
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Teachers protected under tenure's due process are best able to advocate for their students
Tenure
does not mean "a job for life", but it does provide teachers with due
process, enabling them to act in the interest of their students without
fear of intimidation, recrimination or firing.  In the article below,
Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlins...
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