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Setting Up Effective Group Work: Truly collaborative group work is complex and messy, so we have a few tips and tools to get students working interdependently.
Framing Difficult Feedback for Parents: A strategy teachers can use to turn parents into partners when discussing difficult situations involving their kids.
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Site News: New Home for Education News & Commentary: Quick! Get over there! The daily education news roundup and education commentaries that you're probably looking for are now being published over at The Grade, my two year-old education news and media project.  You can find and bookmark the website here: The Twitter name to follow is @thegrade_ [...
AM News: Friday Education Mashup : Memphis suburbs are receiving federal money for more poor students than they have. Here's why. chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2017/? Mayoral Control Renewed for 2 Years: Legislature Hands Victory to De Blasio In Special Session the74million.org/article/mayora?  See also WNYC Californians, you have ...
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Why Elizabeth Warren Was Right about MA Charter School Expansion: Jonathan Chait has a piece in New York Magazine that attacks Elizabeth Warren's decision in 2016 to support the continued cap on charter schools in urban areas of MA (there is no cap for the suburbs or rural areas).  What Chait knows about education policy in general and charter school policy in...
Focusing the Microscope to View Los Angeles Charter Schools: Rebecca Klein has a piece at Huffington Post entitled "The Los Angeles Teachers Strike Puts Charter Schools Under The Microscope." Apparently, Rebecca has borrowed her microscope from the Gates Foundation, which offers a very fuzzy image, indeed. Rebecca's only "authoritative" quote comes from R...
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Evaluation evolving: Over the past decade, the fight over evaluation has been at the center of almost all the political fights around teachers. But the fight, and the changes that have come with it, and the changes to come, are not so surprising really, when you think about it. Our work is complex, the way that paren...
The profit in lesson plans: The New York Times recently reported on teachers who are making big money ?? a handful of them have made millions of dollars ?? by selling lesson plans to other teachers. The success of these entrepreneurs has been facilitated by TeachersPayTeachers.com, a company launched in 2006 by a former N...
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Should States ??Pay It Forward? for Higher Education?: New models of funding higher education are currently being considered in debates throughout America. One recent debate concerns funding through ??Pay It Forward? (PIF) programs. Since 2013, at least 24 states have considered legislation on PIF models of higher education finance. While details ...
Charter Schools, Politics, and Democracy: Cross-post by Larry CubanAs public charter schools have grown across the country since the early 1990s to more than 6,400 still largely located in big cities (there are 100,000 regular schools) , the debate over their existence, quality, and direction has continued unabated. Charters, enrolling ...
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We have no king: When I taught U.S. History to my sixth graders and we discussed the founding of our country, I’m fairly certain I mentioned to these 12-year-olds that it was a pretty big deal at the time that we decided we would have no king. We’d have three co-equal branches of government. Legislative to make t...
State legislative issues to watch in 2019: If you are an educator-activist, I hope you used the winter break (remember that?) to recharge and renew. We will need your energy and enthusiasm this year to continue making gains for students and public schools. We did excellent work on Election Day 2018 by electing pro-education politicians. N...

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