Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL

August 4, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“‘Excellence Through Equity’: an Interview With Pedro Noguera & Alan Blankstein”

‘Excellence Through Equity’: an Interview With Pedro Noguera & Alan Blankstein is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

Pedro Noguera and Alan M. Blankstein agreed to answer a few questions about their book, Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student.

Here are some excerpts:



September 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Video: “Teach Us All” Looks Like A Film Worth Watching

Teach Us All is premiering on Netflix on September 25th.

Here’s how ARRAY, the group distributing it (which was founded by Ava DuVernay) describe the documentary:

Marking the directorial debut from Sonia Lowman, the timely documentary TEACH US ALL examines the U.S. education system from the historic Little Rock Crisis to present day disparities in access that are culminating to a re-segregation of schools across the nation. On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national tour to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s momentous school integration.

Thanks to Pedro Noguera, who is interviewed in the film, for the tip.

August 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far):

The Education Commission of the States has put out what may be the most accessible, and short, guide to The Every Student Succeeds Act. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

What Matters Now: A New Compact for Teaching and Learning is a new report put out by a lot of people I respect, including Linda Darling-Hammond. It has lots of great ideas about teaching, schools and communities – many which have been put forward by others in different venues. It would be nice if this report gained more traction than its predecessors.

Just Paying Teachers More Won’t Stop Them From Quitting is from The Atlantic.

Gates Foundation to ‘stay the course’ as it seeks to help shape state education policies is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Teachers union has triple the public support of Emanuel is from The Chicago Tribune.

South Carolina Law on Disrupting School Faces Legal Challenge is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On South Carolina Officer’s Violent Arrest Of Student.

Why I don’t Care that Test Scores Went Up is from Pedagogy of the Reformed (via Pedro Noguera).

Here’s How We Keep Kids in School and Stop Chronic Absenteeism is from Education Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism.

May 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

SEL Weekly Update

I’ve recently begun this weekly post where I’ll be sharing resources I’m adding to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources or other related “Best” lists:

The odds are you won’t know when to quit is by Tim Harford. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit.”

This Is The Research-Backed Way To Increase Grit is from Barking Up The Wrong Tree. I’m adding it to the same list.

Grit, Overemphasized – Agency, Overlooked is by Pedro Noguera. I’m also adding it to the same list.

Zero-Tolerance for Bullying Doesn’t Work, Experts Say is from NBC News. I’m adding it to A Very, Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Bullying — Please Suggest More.

Simply punishing students for bullying will not address the problem is from The Conversation. I’m adding it to the same list.

Crackdowns on Bullies Can Backfire, National Academies Report Finds is from Ed Week. It goes on the same list.

Students with influence over peers reduce school bullying by 30 percent is from Phys.Org

Seeing the benefits of failure shapes kids’ beliefs about intelligence is from Eureka Alert. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos About Learning From Mistakes & Failures.

March 24, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Study Finds – Wait For It – “School Climate” Matters For Student Learning


School conditions matter for student achievement, new research confirms is the headline of an article today in Chalkbeat NY.

Above the headline of the lengthy article they placed “Like Duh,” but I guess you can’t have too much research that avoids blaming teachers for problems that are beyond control, since so many academics and politicians do just that…

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

Thanks to Pedro Noguera for the tip.

November 5, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Best Resources For Teaching About Rosa Parks & 60th Anniversary Of The Montgomery Bus Boycott


Also, see an older list that has other related material: The Best Resources For Learning About Rosa Parks

Thanks to Teaching Tolerance, I just learned that December 4th will be the 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

I’m sure there will be lot of new resources becoming available in the next few weeks, and I’m also sure that there are plenty that I’m not including in the first edition of this post. Please let me know what I’m missing.

You might also be interested some of the many previous “Best” lists I’ve published on the Civil Rights Movement & race and racism, including:

The Best Websites For Learning About Martin Luther King

The Best Resources To Remember Dr. Martin Luther King’s Death (& Life)

The Best Sites For Learning About The Martin Luther King Memorial

The Best Sites To Teach About African-American History

The Best Sites To Learn About The Greensboro Sit-Ins (It’s The Fiftieth Anniversary)

The Best Places To Learn About President Obama’s Life

The Best Resources For Learning About The “Freedom Riders”

The Best Resources About The March On Washington

The Best Commentaries On The 60th Anniversary Of Brown vs. Board Of Education

The Best Resources For Teaching About Selma

The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More

The Best Posts & Articles On The Textbook That Calls Slaves “Workers”

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More

Here is a beginning list on Rosa Parks and The Montgomery Bus Boycott:

I’ve got to start with Teaching Tolerance’s great new resource, Beyond the Bus: Teaching the Unseen Story of Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

10 Things You May Not Know About Rosa Parks is from The History Channel.

The Montgomery Bus Boycott looks like a pretty impressive site from the local Montgomery newspaper.

How Change Happens: The Real Story of Mrs. Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott is from The Huffington Post.

Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights is from Scholastic.

Remembering Rosa Parks is from TIME for Kids.

The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks’ Birthday: 5 Things You May Not Know About Civil Rights Icon is from NBC.

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