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June 27, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video Of Yong Zhao’s Keynote Speech At ISTE

Professor Yong Zhao gave a terrific keynote speech yesterday at the ISTE Conference in San Diego (I wasn’t there, but followed it through Twitter). I’ve posted about many articles by Professor Zhao, and he’s contributed to my Education Week column.

Here’s a video of his keynote (thanks to Alice Mercer for letting me know ISTE posts videos of speeches). It’s embedded, and you may have to click through in order to view it if you’re reading this post on an RSS Reader:

Professor Zhao has also posted his slide presentation here, and sample chapters of his new book.

December 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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PISA Test Results Are In – Relax!

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Results from the 2015 international PISA tests were released today, resulting in headlines like On the world stage, U.S. students fall behind and U.S. now ranks near the bottom among 35 industrialized nations in math.

For a much more reasoned interpretation of PISA’s meaning, please check out The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery and, specifically about this year, read:

Wales Pisa results: ‘Little will be learned’ by Dylan Wiliam at the BBC.

Don’t Read Too Much Into It: What Brexit and U.S. Election Surprises Can Teach Us about PISA by Yong Zhao.

‘Ignore Pisa entirely,’ argues top academic is from tes.
Why Americans should not panic about international test results appeared in The Washington Post.

November 26, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two

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It’s time for another of my end-of-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,600 “The Best…” lists here).

I’m adding this one to All My 2016 “Best” Lists In One Place.

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The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Polcy In 2011 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two (let me know what you think I’m missing – this post is different from my annual “round-up” of the biggest education-related news stories I write for The Washington Post every year) – these are not listed in any order of preference (I’m starting off with links to “Best” lists I’ve posted over the past few months that relate to ed policy):

The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education

The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools

The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — 2016

The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools

The Best Posts On The Value Of Ethnic Studies Classes – Help Me Find More

The Best Glossaries Of Education Terminology

The Washington Post published a column I wrote about what school was like the day after the Presidential election, ‘Dear President-elect Trump’: Immigrant students write letters asking for ‘the opportunity to demonstrate we are good people.’ There was a reaction to the similar stories many other teachers shared – read No, Most Educators Are Not “Fueling Student Anxieties” – Trump Is Handling That On His Own.

Why the History of School Reform is Essential for Policymakers, Practitioners, and Researchers is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy.

Rethinking School Discipline is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More.

Five myths about charter schools is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

There is ‘Hope That ESSA Will Bring Positive Change To Classrooms’ is the headline of one of  my latest Education Week Teacher columns. In it, Randi Weingarten, Barnett Berry, Morgan Polikoff, Erik M. Francis, and Jacki Gran wrote how they believe The Every Student Succeeds Act will affect classroom practice.

From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality is by Yong Zhao. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.

I wouldn’t necessarily say this is one of the “best” pieces on Ed Policy, but I think readers will find the entire post very interesting: A Report On EdSource Symposium On California Ed, Including What I Said About State Assessments.

The Bush Institute released an interactive on education so you can compare schools in 114 cities. The State of our Cities project appears surprisingly interesting and objective. It does not appear – at least to me – that they have any ax to grind in the school reform debate, and list useful stats. You can read more about it at Ed Week’s article, New Website to Compare Cities’ Education Results Makes Debut. I’m adding this info to The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data.

An open letter to editors of the New York Times (and most other American periodicals). is by Daniel Willingham.

Why firing bad teachers isn’t nearly as important as creating good ones is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

Education Matters, But Direct Anti-Poverty and Inequality-Reduction Efforts Matter More is by Ben Spielberg. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality.

Reforms That Stick: How Schools Change is by Larry Cuban.

Five Thirty Eight published a piece worth reading headlined The Economic Recovery Hasn’t Reached America’s Schools.

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.

Foundations Unfiltered is a behind-the-scenes peek at education foundations. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Anthony Byrk coins a new -at least, to me – term, “practice-based evidence,” in his piece, Accelerating How We Learn to Improve. Here’s how he describes it:

The choice of words practice-based evidence is deliberate. We aim to signal a key difference in the relationship between inquiry and improvement as compared to that typically assumed in the more commonly used expression evidence-based practice. Implicit in the latter is that evidence of efficacy exists somewhere outside of local practice and practitioners should simply implement these evidence-based practices. Improvement research, in contrast, is an ongoing, local learning activity.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

America’s Not-So-Broken Education System is by Jack Schneider. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

Teacher Unions Are ‘Bargaining for the Common Good’ is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

John Oliver did this great segment, with classroom appropriate language (except for one “sh_tty”), on charter schools:

He did this one on school segregation. It’s good, though I put it on this blog reluctantly because of some classroom inappropriate language:

What do you think I’m missing?

October 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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):

From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality is by Yong Zhao. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits.

Poverty Matters, But Not the Way You Think is by Peter DeWitt. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Nevada high court blocks funding for school choice program is from The Associated Press. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

The Disproportionate Stress Plaguing American Teachers is from The Atlantic.

Two Connecticut School Systems, for the Rich and Poor is from The New Yorker.

State officials push alternative ways to report test scores is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Think Like a Genius is by Dana Goldstein at Slate, and is a great analysis of the use and misuse of IQ scores.

Education Department slammed for charter school oversight — by its own watchdog office is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:

These next tweets from Daniel Willingham are on the same topic, and I’m adding them to the same list:

September 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Posts On Looking At Our Students Through The Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits

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Looking at our students thought the lens of their assets, not their deficits, has been an underlying them of my teaching career, and I thought I’d bring together many of the posts I’ve written on the topic.

You might also be interested in:

The Best Examples Of Turning Problems Into Opportunities — Help Me Find More

The Best Reasons Why Parents Should Be Looked At As Allies & Not Targets Of Blame

The Best Resources On Students Having A “Purpose For Learning”

Here posts specifically on looking at the assets of our students:

Video: New TED-Talks PBS Education Show Exceeds My Expectations & Ten Minutes Is A “Must-Watch”

Important New Study Looks At Assets, Not Deficits, Of Teen “Defiance”

Getting Organized Around Assets

A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits

Very Important New Report On Looking At ELLs Through A Lens Of Assets & Not Deficits

Study Finds Another Reason To Look At ELLs Through Lens Of “Assets”: They Are Likely To Be More Creative

Students Seeing Assets, Not Deficits, In Their Neighborhoods

Response: ‘Respecting Assets That ELLs Bring To A School Community’

Looking For Assets, Not Deficits

Focusing On Neighborhood Assets — One Of My Favorite Lessons!

A Prime Example Of English Language Learner Assets

English-Learners Are Assets, John B. King Jr. Tells Educators in Bilingual Address is from Education Week.

The Positive Impact Of English Language Learners At An Urban School

A Strength-Based Approach to Teaching ESL is from Cult of Pedagogy.

From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality is by Yong Zhao.

The “Genius” Of English Language Learners

I’m adding these two tweets (my first one is commenting on the second one) to this list:

January 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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 & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two):

With new superintendent in place, L.A. school board gears for battle on charter plan is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Billionaire’s Charter Plan To Split LA’s School District.

Will the U.S. Supreme Court Gut Public-Employee Unions? is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

Strong Unions, Strong Democracy is by Richard Kahlenberg, and appeared in The New York Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Supreme Court signals it’s ready to hand CTA, public unions big setback is from Ed Source, and that’s going on that list, too.

Where Are All the High-School Grads Going? is from The Atlantic.

What Easter Island’s colossal stone statues teach about the dangers of modern school reform is by Yong Zhao.

How to Fix the Country’s Failing Schools. And How Not To. is by David Kirp and appeared in The New York Times.

Seven Fallacies about Teaching is an interesting post from Icing On The Cake.

New L.A. schools chief favors steady progress and collaboration over drastic change is from The L.A. Times.

Arresting developments: Too many American schools use police officers to enforce classroom discipline is from The Economist. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On South Carolina Officer’s Violent Arrest Of Student.

Foundation Influence in Education Policy Deserves Greater Scrutiny is from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy

From Walton to Zuckerberg: How Education Philanthropy Has Changed is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Netflix chief announces $100 million fund for education is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America:

November 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Ed Tech Digest

In another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I’m starting this weekly “Ed Tech Digest” post where I’ll share three or four links I think are particularly useful and related to…ed tech:

Never Send a Human to do a Machine’s Job: Top 5 Mistakes in Ed Tech is by Yong Zhao. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

Pupils learn poorly when using most computer programs is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools.

This infographic doesn’t give the most objective explanation of these ed tech terms, but they can provide a quick intro to teachers new to the field. I’m adding it to My Best Posts For Tech Novices (Plus A Few From Other People) (thanks to Teach Thought for the tip):

Boundless EdTech Cheat Sheet

March 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The Dangers Of STEM Obsession

It looks like Fareed Zakaria has been reading Yong Zhao’s writings.

He has just published a great column in The Washington Post titled Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous.

It’s a must-read that was shared on Twitter by Ron Ritchhart.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.

Here’s an excerpt:

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