August 2008 Archives

Anyone who says teachers who believe in closing the achievement gap are unrealistic idealists can only possibly be talking about teachers who have never spent a day teaching in a high-needs school in some of our country's most under-resourced communities. Because no one walks out of our schools without a beating by reality. Within their first days of teaching in DC's public schools, my 17 first-year special education teachers have swallowed their share of reality. Most had no schedules or caseloads, and for many, IEP files are nowhere to be found. Others have met colleagues who do not believe in ... It's the start of a new school year, new teachers, new trainings to lead and working 16-hour days, 5 1/2 times a week. It also means I haven't blogged for an appalling two weeks, I haven't cooked dinner in three, and there will be no vacuuming until September. But one thing I can do during this busy time is stay somewhat abreast of recent news, including news in the education world. (Cue infomercial jingle) I subscribe to SmartBrief, a free, email-based newsletter service that pulls out key news stories that relate to a particular trade. By ...


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