Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

The Best Resources On “Race To The Top” (& On “Personalized Learning”)


Though I’ve periodically posted about the “Race To The Top” competition, I haven’t compiled a “The Best…” list because it wasn’t really directly affecting us much in California. However, now that school districts can apply, it’s definitely an immediate concern.

This is a pretty limited list, so I hope readers will contribute more suggestions.

Here are my choices for The Best Resources On “Race To The Top”:

U.S. Department Of Education Tries To Put Lipstick On A Pig

Rules Proposed for District Race to Top Contest is from Education Week.

Hundreds of Comments Pour in on Race to the Top for Districts Plan is from Education Week.

Big Race to Top Problems in Hawaii, Florida, N.Y., Says Ed. Dept. is from Education Week.

Grading Race to the Top is from School Board News.

Mike Klonsky reports on a public radio debate between the chief spokesman for Education Secretary Duncan and my favorite education writer, Richard Rothstein. I’d encourage you to read Mike’s analysis of the discussion, which he titles “Punching A Marshmallow.” He’s also kind enough to provide a link to a recording of the debate, titled “Will The ‘Race To The Top’ Leave No Child Behind?” The discussion starts at the eight minute mark.

Education: A Race to Equity instead of the Race to the Top is by Ken Bernstein.

Letter to Arne Duncan: ‘Race to the Top’ Is Unfair to Teachers of ELLs is from Ed Week.

These next seven posts relate to RTTT because of the last round’s focus on “personalized learning.”

“Personalized Learning,” Race To The Top & Putting Even More Lipstick On A Pig

Another Good Take On “Personalized Learning”

Personalization is by Chris Lehmann.

Dan Meyer On Personalization is by…Dan Meyer.

‘Personalized Learning’ Varies for Race to Top Districts is from Education Week.

Quote Of The Day: Personalized Learning

The Soaring Promise Of Big Data In Math Education is by Dan Meyer.

Gates and Murdoch “Personalize” Learning with Larger Classes and Big Data Systems is by Anthony Cody at Education Week.

Rebirth of the Teaching Machine through the Seduction of Data Analytics: This Time It’s Personal is by Philip McRae.

This Time It’s Personal and Dangerous is by Barbara Bray.

“Sacramento City Teachers Association declines to participate in Race to the Top “

Nearly 900 Districts Set to Compete for New Race to Top

“Skeptical unions pose challenge to districts’ Race to the Top”

L.A. Teachers Refuse To Sign-On To “Race To The Top”

San Francisco & Oakland Teachers Stand Against Race To The Top

An alternative to standardized testing for student assessment is from The Washington Post.

Race to the Top District Competition Received 371 Applications is a very interesting piece from Education Week — some unusual stuff has been happening with the applications.

District-Union Tensions Foil Some RTT Proposals is from Education Week.

Finalists Announced For District Race To The Top Competition

Excellent Analysis Of District Race To The Top “Winners”

A recent study details the failings of “Race To The Top”:

Report: Race to the Top isn’t delivering big results

‘Race to the Top’ for education a flop, report finds is from Politico.

Let’s Reverse the Damage From Race to the Top, EPI Report Says is from Education Week.

Let me know if you know of other posts.

If you found this post useful, you might want to consider subscribing to this blog for free.

You might also want to explore the 900 other “The Best…” lists I’ve compiled.

Print Friendly

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.