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November 04, 2011

High Stakes Testing is not a 21st Century Skill

Recently, New York State test scores were released to the public and showed that students scored lower in the areas of ELA and math than in previous years. The results were quickly announced by the media. Even the national news chimed in to report the devastating results of the high stakes tests. ...

October 23, 2011

Ode to NCLB

The other day I was going through some old Word files. I have a lot of pieces of writing I started but never finished. Usually, things sound like a great idea in my mind and then it just doesn't look right on paper. I save a few pieces and revisit them from time to time. One piece of writing that ...

October 12, 2011

Child Abuse In Our School Community

We have a population of students who can't wait to get to school every day. They wish our days were longer, watch the clock tick every minute, and do not want to go home. It's not that they love reading, math, science or social studies so much that they want to stay in our schools long into the nigh...

October 10, 2011

Media Stereotypes, LGBT Youth and a Documentary Worth Watching

"While in my childhood the values of social justice and equity were instilled, I received no messages suggesting gays and lesbians were deserving of just and equitable treatment" (Roper, 2005, p. 82). On Thursday, a documentary created by a young woman named Morgan Wilcock won Best Documentary in ...

September 30, 2011

Urban Education: Issues and the Future

Today's guest blog is written By Michael Albertson. Michael is a music teacher in large high school in New York City Educators in urban settings deal with unique challenges not necessarily faced by their colleagues in less-populated areas. This is not to say that working in a city school is more "...

September 22, 2011

Taking Back Our Childhood: A Conversation with Nancy Carlsson-Paige

"There has been a dramatic increase in marketing to kids in the last 15 or 20 years! Billions of dollars are now spent by corporations to market to the special 'target' group called children." Nancy Carlsson-Paige There are times as I get older that I think I am becoming less patient with society....

September 15, 2011

State Interventions Can Help Create Inclusive Schools

"While the intersections of social class, race, gender, sexuality, and religion vary for each person, their existence and importance within our culture are, for those who do not share membership in the dominant groups, social facts with social consequences" (Sears, 1991, p. 55). School codes of ...

September 13, 2011

Will New Rules Curb High Stakes Cheating?

Recently there have been a few high profile cheating scandals in Atlanta and Philadelphia. The school systems blamed their behavior on school leaders who created a culture of fear all in an effort to make sure their school system would not remain on a "failing" list. These recent stories about che...

September 11, 2011

State Assessments: The Only Data That Matters

Schools are working very hard on establishing data points for students to follow their progress during their school years. We research formative and summative assessments and look into what tools other school districts are using so we can try get a better understanding of our students. However, it s...

September 08, 2011

The Direct and Indirect Costs to Defeated School Budgets

"We have spent so many years kicking the can down the road that the can is kicking back." Unknown Across the country this year, many public school districts saw their budgets get voted down and they were forced to make more cuts or go into a contingency budget. As we enter the new school year, s...

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