May 2011 Archives

Last week, Jay Mathews released his yearly Challenge Index. All the discussions and controversies about the Index reminded me of a recent conversation about school rankings when I was at a local pizza restaurant after school. As I was getting ready to take a bite out of my pizza, a man at the table next to me saw my ID badge and said, "You work for the school system, right?" After I nodded, he continued, "Well, I'm up here on a contracting project, so my family and I are moving to this area. I heard test scores are good. Any ...


This week the Apple Retail Store turns 10 years old. While the concept and appeal of the Apple store today can be seen in the numerous stores that have opened worldwide, ten years ago, there was a fair share of doubt and criticism that an Apple store would succeed. There is much to be learned from the success of these stores. Back then, the vision of an Apple store did not match how we viewed and experienced a technology store. The "first" retail store opened in Tyson's Corner shopping mall in Mclean, Virginia in May 2001. I remembered visiting the ...


In 2001, Mark Prensky coined the terms "Digital Natives" and "Digital Immigrants" to describe the differences between adults and students in using technology. Educators are the "Digital Immigrants" who have to adapt and learn how to integrate technology into their lives. Students are "Digital Natives" born into a culture and lifestyle where technology immersion is the norm. Although I know a lot of educators who argue that immigrants can use technology in the same ways as the natives and that being a native does not necessary guarantee proficiency, I have found the Digital Immigrant and Native comparison to be helpful ...


In a recent dialogue between Secretary Duncan and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Secretary emphasized using multiple measurements in response to CEC's concern about linking teacher pay to student performance on annual state tests: A teacher's effectiveness in the classroom must be determined using multiple measures. These measures should include observations by trained evaluators who have knowledge about teaching, the subject matter, and the context. They could also include student and parental feedback and portfolios of student work. And the evaluations should include the academic growth their students make over the course of a year. Growth should be ...


In my capacity as a Classroom Fellow with the US Department of Education, I had the privilege of attending the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) National Conference at the National Harbor in Maryland last week. Given the current debates about teacher evaluation, many educators had comments and questions about the challenges of assessing the effectiveness of teachers who may have students with learning needs that are not accurately assessed through standardized test scores. As a current middle school special education department chair, I understand these concerns. It was encouraging to see this topic raised in a conversation between CEC and ...


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