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March 08, 2010

Weekend Roundup: Celebration of Teaching and Learning

Note to readers: We were blogging from WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference in New York this weekend. Among the highlights: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan talked teacher job security and vowed to "fix" NCLB; Yale University professor Mark Brackett highlighted the role of e...

March 08, 2010

Rapping With Queen Latifah

More on the Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference in New York this weekend There were some rumblings in the conference press room that Queen Latifah might not show after all. But rest assured, she appeared as scheduled for the final event on Saturday, donning a conference t-shirt and exhi...

March 07, 2010

The U.S. Math-Teaching Crisis: 'The Elephant in the Room'

Live from the Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference, New York By far the most sobering session I attended at this conference was a conversation between PBS journalist David Brancaccio and Jim Simons, the founder of a teacher-recruitment program called Math for America. Simons is a mathema...

March 06, 2010

Musical Interlude

Live from the Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference, New York. Nancy Flanagan will probably be disappointed in me but I was only able to catch the tail end of Bobby McFerrin's session here, though I did get to see him do a brilliant 3-minute rendition of all of the Wizard of Oz. Let's see...

March 06, 2010

Getting Into the Reading Zone

Live from the Celebration of Teaching and Learning, New York I just got back from a talk by Nancie Atwell, a 7th and 8th grade English teacher at nonprofit demonstration school in Maine and author of The Reading Zone, among other books. Atwell told the story of a former student of hers named Mike...

March 06, 2010

How Are You Really Feeling?

Live from the Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference, New York. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Celebration of Teaching and Learning, I want to give some quick background. It's a really very impressive conference put on every year by WNET, the PBS affiliate in New York. Ther...

March 05, 2010

Duncan Addresses Teachers

Live from WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference, New York Speaking before hundreds of K-12 educators gathered this afternoon at the Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference in New York, U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan addressed a range of hot-button school issues, including t...

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