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January 5, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools

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I am astounded when I read, as I did this morning in Sacramento Bee’s coverage of our state’s huge budget gap, these kinds of quotes:

Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, questioned the focus on funding levels.

“California needs to get more education bang for the buck, it doesn’t need more dollars into education,” he said.

I thought I’d pull together a very short list of articles that could refute this type of thinking, and am interested in hearing other suggestions, too.

Here is my short list of The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools:

Does Money Matter in School Reform? by Walt Gardner at Education Week

If money doesn’t matter… at School Finance 101

When schools have money…, also at School Finance 101

The relationship between education spending and test scores is an important piece.

More Flunkin’ out from Flunkout Nation (and junk graph of the week!) is from School Finance 101.

Inexcusable Inequalities! This is NOT the post funding equity era! is from School Finance 101.

Time to Throw Money at the Problem is by David B. Cohen.

The Albert Shanker Institute has released a report titled “Does Money Matter In Education?” You can read an accompanying blog post about it here, and a commentary in The Washington Post here

In Public Education, Edge Still Goes to Rich is from The New York Times.

Chart: “Most States Have Cut K-12 Per Student Funding Since 2008″

School Spending Increases Linked to Better Outcomes for Poor Students is from Ed Week.

The Dirty, Little Secret in America’s Education Wars? Money Matters is by Jeff Bryant.

Does Money Matter? Is School Funding Fair? is from Ed Week.

Statistic Of The Day: New Study Finds That Money Matters For Schools


When public schools get more money, students do better
is a Washington Post article about a new study I’ve previously discussed.

Is Improving Schools All About Money? is from The New York Times.

Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings is from Education Next.

Inequitable school funding called ‘one of the sleeper civil rights issues of our time’ is from The Washington Post.

Money Does Matter After All appeared in Education Next.

The Truth About School Funding is an excellent post by Ben Spielberg.

New Report: Does Money Matter in Education? Second Edition is from The Shanker Institute.


Second Statistic Of The Day: “Spending in nation’s schools falls again…”

Statistic Of The Day: Money Makes A Difference For Schools

More Money Really Does Make Schools Better appeared in Bloomberg View.

“Throwing money at the problem” may actually work in education is from The Washington Center For Equitable Growth.

NPR Begins Impressive-Looking Series On Money & Schools

NY Times Publishes Impressive Interactive On School Funding

Statistic Of The Day: Many States Spending Less On Schools Now Than Before Recession

Surprise – NOT! Study Finds That Money Matters To Education

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise is from Matt Barnum.

School Funding Myths & Misdirects is from School Finance 101.

Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds That Reduced School Funding Negatively Impacts Students

Additional suggestions are always welcome.

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February 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Research Studies Of The Week

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I often write about research studies from various fields and how they can be applied to the classroom. I write individual posts about ones that I think are especially significant, and will continue to do so. However, so many studies are published that it’s hard to keep up. So I’ve started writing a “round-up” of some of them each week or every other week as a regular feature.

By the way, you might also be interested in My Best Posts On New Research Studies In 2017 – Part Two.

Here are some new useful studies (and related resources):

Eye exams linked to kids’ reading levels is from Eureka Alert. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Back-and-forth exchanges boost children’s brain response to language is from Science Daily. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Word Gap”

New study highlights the struggles and strengths of Latino teachers is from Ray Salazar. I’m adding it to New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color.

New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Work Better is from Inc. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

February 10, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two):

The Daily 202: Koch network laying groundwork to fundamentally transform America’s education system is from The Washington Post.

How new evidence bolsters the case for California’s education policy rebellion is from Matt Barnum. Threats don’t necessarily work well in the classroom – maybe it could be the same for many teachers and schools?

Trump’s Vision for Vocational Education Gets a Tepid Reception is from The New York Times.

The New Tax Law’s Subtle Subversion of Public Schools is from The Atlantic.

Why Are American Public Schools Still So Segregated? is from KQED. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Smarter Balanced Test Scores Are Mostly Flat. Is That a Problem? is from Ed Week. It’s connected to what I wrote in October: This Is Interesting: All Smarter Balanced State English Test Scores Went Down & Most PARCC States Went Up.

A graduation crisis in D.C. brings questions of ethics to the fore is from The Christian Science Monitor.

With new focus on curriculum, Gates Foundation wades into tricky territory is from Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

This is an important tweet that corresponds to previous studies. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing:

January 29, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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In Education, If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is….

 

Matt Barnum wrote an excellent piece today on an obviously inflated research result touting the benefits of personalized learning (see Why ‘personalized learning’ advocates like Mark Zuckerberg keep citing a 1984 study — and why it might not say much about schools today).

The search for the silver bullet in education never seems to end, and that search is carried on by people who should be smart enough to know that there isn’t one.

Really, it’s doing a lot of little things right that add up.

Personalized learning – both tech and non-tech – can have a positive impact on student learning (though it is clearly not a cure-all), and there’s a fair amount of research that documents that fact (see The Best Resources For Understanding “Personalized Learning”). I talk about what it looks like in my classroom in my ASCD Educational Leadership article, Student Engagement: Key to Personalized Learning.

There’s also a lot of research, and – it appears to me – substantial agreement (with some exceptions), from research about what effective teachers should do (see The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do).

It seems to me that we teachers, our students and their families would be far better off focusing on improving all the smaller actions that can add up to moderately improved learning than searching for a phantom solution that hits it out of the ballpark.

Supposed silver bullets seldom appear to hit their target (see The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools).

 

 

 

January 16, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two):

I Have Zero Tolerance for Advocates of Zero Tolerance Discipline is by Justin Cohen. I’m adding it to We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity.

Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores is by Matt Barnum.

Department Of Education Finds Texas Violated Special Education Law is from NPR.

BPS plan would eliminate middle schools is from The Boston Globe.

Gov. Brown proposes ambitious education agenda in his final state budget is from Ed Source.

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

January 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Study Finds That Reduced School Funding Negatively Impacts Students

To the surprise of not a single teacher anywhere, a new study has found that reduced school funding during the Great Recession had a negative impact on students.

Less money for schools after the recession meant lower test scores and graduation rates, study finds by Matt Barnum in Chalkbeat provides a good summary of the research, co-authored by Kirabo Jackson.

Here’s an excerpt:

 

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

January 7, 2018
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 2017 – Part Two):

12 Important Education Storylines We’ll All Be Reading About in 2018 is from The 74.

Undercutting Our Democracy Through Vouchers is by Richard Kahlenberg. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea.

Lots of big-city school Superintendents headed out the door:

I’m adding this next tweet to

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea:

December 26, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color

 

I have a huge A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More list, which also includes many “sub” Best lists.  It’s also pretty unwieldy for readers/users.

Many of the resources on that list are there using Storify, a tool that will be going off-line soon.  So, I’m using that change as an opportunity to cull and re-organized those links over the next few months into a series of “New & Revised” Best lists.

This is the first one:

Here’s my Education Week Teacher column on the importance of recruiting and retaining teachers of color.

Check out this second series at my Education Week Teacher column: ‘It is Long Past Time to Meet the Needs of Students of Color’

As Nation’s Students Become More Diverse, Teaching Corps Hasn’t Kept Pace is from Ed Week.

Quote Of The Day: “Why Are Teachers Of Color Missing In Teacher Of The Year Selection?”

Why students need more Black and Latino teachers is by José Luis Vilson.

Student: My school district hires too many white teachers is from The Washington Post.

Pulitzer-prize winning author Junot Díaz on the power of culture.

NEA Report: Lack of Teacher Diversity Jeopardizes Student Achievement is from NEA Today.

On the Importance of Mirrors for Students (and Teachers) appeared in The Huffington Post.

How Boston Public Schools Can Recruit and Retain Black Male Teachers is from The Shanker Blog.

America’s Unspoken Education Issue: Black Kids Need Black Teachers is by Melinda Anderson.

How college ed programs try, fail to recruit teachers of color is from The Hechinger Report.

Why teachers must reflect student diversity is from The Seattle Globalist.

Regarding teachers of color: Boston Public Schools system is set to lead once again is from The Hechinger Report.

We Need Teachers of Color is from Education Week.

Montgomery County launches teacher diversity initiative in schools is from The Washington Post.

Where have all the black and brown teachers gone? is from The Hechinger Report.

Our Teacher Diversity Problem Is Not Just About Recruitment. It’s About Retention. is from Slate.

The Woodrow Wilson Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowships for Aspiring Teachers of Color

America’s Leaky Pipeline for Teachers of Color is from The Center For American Progress.

Quote Of The Day: The Need For More Teachers Of Color

America’s Kids Are Getting More Diverse, but Its Teachers Aren’t is from Take Part.

The Benefits of Minority Teachers in the Classroom is from Real Clear Education (thanks to Andre Perry for the tip).

Differentiating PD for Male Teachers of Color is by Travis Bristol.

The Classroom Racial Gap Hits an All-Time High is from Governing (thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip).

Recruiting More Minority Teachers Could Do Wonders For Minority Students, Study Says is from The Huffington Post.

Why Our Classrooms Benefit From Minority Teachers is from Ed Week.

Second Statistic Of The Day: “Where Are The Teachers Of Color?”

Why we should diversify the overwhelmingly white U.S. teaching force — and how appeared in The Washington Post.

Black male teachers: There aren’t enough of them is by Travis Bristol.

Tough Tests for Teachers, With Question of Bias is from The New York Times.

What Happened After New Orleans Fired All of Its Teachers—and Why It Still Matters to Diversity in the Classroom is from Slate.

Do American Indian Students Perform Better When They Have American Indian Teachers? is from Slate.

Increasing The Diversity Of America’s Teachers is the last in a series “guest-hosted” by Travis Bristol and Terrenda White at my Ed Week column.

Report: Minority Teachers Are Quitting at Rapid Rates is from NBC News.

The number of black teachers has dropped in nine U.S. cities is from The Washington Post.

More Minority Students, Fewer Teachers of Color is from The Atlantic.

Male teachers of color take a lesson from each other is by Travis Bristol.

The Role of Teacher Diversity in Reducing Implicit Bias is from The Shanker Blog.

Keeping Black Men In Front Of The Class is an NPR interview with Travis Bristol.

Black Male Teachers a Dwindling Demographic is from Education Week.

What It’s Like To Teach While Black appeared in The Huffington Post. (thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip)

There’s One Cause in Education That Everyone Supports: America’s Teachers Need to Be More Diverse is from Slate.

Where are the male African-American teachers?

Why Is Education Leadership So White? is from Education Week.

Why so many people are worried about teacher diversity, in two charts is from The Washington Post.

The invisible tax on teachers of color is from The Washington Post.

‘Added Value’ Why Increasing the Number of Latino and Black Public School Teachers Matters is from The Latin Post.

The troubling shortage of Latino and black teachers — and what to do about it is from The Washington Post.

Slate’s “Tomorrow’s Test” Series Is An Impressive Project On Race & Schools

What did my father mean to his black male students? Everything. is from The Washington Post.

Where Are All the Principals of Color? is also from The Atlantic.

America Needs More Black Men Leading Its Classrooms is from Slate.

How to Get More Men of Color Teaching in the Classroom is from The Atlantic.

Increasing Teacher Diversity Could Be a Game-Changer for Students’ Academic Attitudes is from Real Clear Education.

A Teacher Satisfaction Gap? New Study Shows Teachers of Color Less Happy in Their Schools is from The 74.

The Crucial Need to Expand the Non-White Teacher Pipeline is by Marian Wright Edelman.

As Nation’s Students Become More Diverse, Teaching Corps Hasn’t Kept Pace is from Ed Week.

REPORT: The State of Racial Diversity in the Educator Workforce is from The U.S. Department of Education.

Where Are All the Teachers of Color? is from Harvard Education.

Why Black Men Quit Teaching is by Christopher Emdin.

Black Teachers Matter is from Mother Jones.

The many ways teacher diversity may benefit students is from Brookings.

Report: Teacher Diversity Gap Will Not Close Without Significant Interventions is from Ed Week.

The nation’s teacher force lacks diversity, and it might not get much better is from The Washington Post.

The Burden On Black Teachers: ‘I Don’t Belong At Your Table’ is from NPR.

Another Study Highlights Importance Of Teacher Diversity

The Benefits Of Having A Black Teacher is from City Lab.

Efforts to ‘raise the bar’ for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what? is by Matt Barnum.

Why are there so few black male teachers? is from American Public Media.

Minority Teacher Recruitment, Employment, and Retention: 1987 to 2013 is from The Learning Policy Institute.

4 ways to measure diversity among public school teachers is from Brookings.

The Key to Keeping Minority Teachers When the Rest of the Staff Is White is from Ed Week.

Can states lean on diverse teacher recruitment to stem teacher shortages? is from Brookings.

A Root Cause of the Teacher-Diversity Problem is by Melinda Anderson.

New study highlights the struggles and strengths of Latino teachers is from Ray Salazar.

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