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April 21, 2015

Funding to Create the Schools California Students Deserve

I am thankful to report that my district, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and my union, the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) have come to a tentative contract agreement and the possibility of a strike is no longer looming on the horizon. Like most agreements, compromise was made on both sides of the bargaining table. I won't bore you with all the details but I do want to talk about one - college counselors.

April 14, 2015

Writing in Google Docs Doesn't Affect Student Test Scores, Early Research Finds

Enthusiastic usage of Google Docs did not translate into improved student test scores, according to small-scale new study.

March 31, 2015

Open Letter to UTLA President and LAUSD Superintendent

It's time to take advantage of a lapsed contract, a reorganization of district administration, and the mediation process to create something new in the Los Angeles Unified School District, hybrid positions. A hybrid position would be where administrators would support schools by spending part of every work day actually teaching and the other part of the day would be devoted to administrative tasks of supporting students and schools.

March 31, 2015

Is 'Multi-Classroom' Teaching in Your Future?

In Nashville, Bailey Middle Prep tries to keep good teachers like Whitney Bradley in the classroom by turning them into multi-classroom team leaders.

March 29, 2015

5 Ways to Use Meerkat in Education

Meerkat makes lives educational streaming possible, with ease and reach. If you have a Twitter account and want to collaborate in real time. Consider using Meerkat as a teaching tool for students or future teachers.

March 27, 2015

Finland to Reduce Role of Academic Subjects Through 'Phenomenon' Teaching

A set of reforms in Finland will require schools to implement extended "phenomenon-based" programs that focus on interdisciplinary lessons rather than traditional subject-area classes.

March 25, 2015

Video: Cross-Discipline Socratic Seminar: Refining Essays

Watch this team of teachers come together to teach a cross-disciplinary Socratic Seminar.

March 23, 2015

Leveraging Teacher Evaluations in Los Angeles

The opportunity is there to negotiate for their priorities - smaller class-sizes, fully staffed schools, and a pay raise - if they are willing to accept three levels of performance in teacher evaluations. I think the three levels are worth it, if it means better conditions for teachers and students.

March 18, 2015

Video: Students Collaborate With Transformations

High school math teacher Meghan Mekita releases the responsibility of learning to her students by doing much less talking, and much more guiding and observing.

March 04, 2015

Video: Cross-Discipline Lesson Planning

High school teachers Jennifer Wolfe and Erin Gilrein offer a demonstration of how educators can collaborate on lesson plans despite teaching different subjects.

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