The news that the Dallas school district has been assigning fake Social Security numbers to employees gives Dallas educator Mister Teacher reason for pause: Meanwhile, I'm thinking I might need to take a look at my own social security number. I always was suspicious of the fact that it was so easy to remember, but now I'm guessing 555-55-5555 is probably fake as well......


Back in 2004, outgoing national teacher of the year Betsy Rogers made a commitment to work at a disadvantaged school in Alabama for five years. In an inspiring recent post, she reflects on what she's learned: Being at Brighton has been the greatest challenge and learning experience of my career. Even though I have not been a classroom teacher at Brighton as I first imagined — and so desired — I believe I have been able to make a difference. I know I am a better teacher today that when I was named Teacher of the Year. I have grown in so ...


Doug Noon of Borderlands reviews the latest on assessment reform, arguing that the current standardized testing regime used in schools is too simplistic and too top-down to give teachers the means to create real learning gains. He offers a memorable analogy: If we’d have used an NCLB-style approach to the Apollo moon mission, President Kennedy would have simply ordered NASA to fly conventional airplanes higher and higher until they fell out of the sky, and then blamed the pilots for lacking the will and the know-how to get the job done. If you're interested in this topic, it just ...


A D.C. charter public school teacher has had enough. Hat tip: DCist....


Dangerously Irrelevant isn’t a huge fan of the way professional development is currently run. He’s got five big ideas on how to improve it, including not wasting time on multi-day PD workshops and looking inside the schools for expertise. Most interestingly, he proposes student led professional development workshops for technology training. When it comes to digital technologies, our kids often are (or, given the chance, could rapidly become) the experts. We ignore this expertise in most school organization. Shame on us. The kids get the learning power and social/emotional benefit of being teachers and leaders. Adults and ...


Doug Johnson sees lessons for schools in the Obama campaign's intensive use of social networking sites to reach out to voters. Might one of the victories of this election be that social networking sites will be seen by more educators as educational and civics tools, not just for recreation? I hope so....


Core Knowledge blogger Robert Pondiscio makes an interesting point that I haven't seen before: The new first couples have a lot of professional experience in the education field. (But I don't know: In Michelle Obama's case, does working as an administrator for University of Chicago Hospitals - impressive as it is - constitute an education job?)...


Skoolboy, filling in for eduwonkette, runs some numbers and warns against thinking that Obama's election means we suddenly live in a post-racial society in which educational inequalities no longer persist: The odds of completing high school are twice as high for whites as for blacks, and the odds of obtaining a bachelor’s degree conditional on graduating from high school are also twice as high for whites as for blacks. ... The election of Barack Obama to the Presidency is a signal event, and the consequences of his breaking the color barrier will reverberate for many years to come. Although our ...


Cindy Rigsbee, who grew up in the still-segregated South, thinks students need to understand the significance of the country's election of an African American as president. It's a conversation that should be happening in classrooms all over America. Regardless of party affiliation, political opinion, or the color of our states on that big interactive map (my state is one of three that hasn't been designated red or blue yet), we should recognize and explain to children the reasons why this election, and the outcome, is so important. And like Mei Flower, she too thinks Obama's win offers a much-needed sense ...


We've been trying to highlight election-related posts today, but this one is too good to not to link: Teach Baltimore realizes, too late, that he apparently missed the memo about school "pajama day" being cancelled this year....


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