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September 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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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.

September 17, 2017
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 – So Far):

Research “Proves” – Very Little appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Summer learning loss: What is it, and what can we do about it? is from Brookings. I’m adding it to Best Resources On The “Summer Slide.”

L.A. Unified settles lawsuits with teacher Rafe Esquith is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On The Rafe Esquith Controversy.

The Downsides of School Uniforms is from The New Yorker.

After More Than 20 Years, Newark, N.J., Regains Control Of Public Schools is from NPR. You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook.

Charges against school board president stun L.A.’s education world is from The L.A. Times. You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Confidence in U.S. Public Schools Rallies is from Gallup. You might also be interested in The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

The Theory And Practice Of School Closures is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

The Controversy Behind Chicago’s Diploma Mandate is from The Atlantic.

Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost. is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

September 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No Surprise Here: Study Shows Teachers In U.S. Are Underpaid

To the surprise of not a single teacher in the entire country, an international study has found that U.S. teachers are underpaid in comparison to our counterparts in two dozen industrialized countries.

Here’s an excerpt from Ed Week’s article about it:

 

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

You might also be interested in these past related posts:

Quote Of The Day: The Reality Of Teachers’ Salaries

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September 10, 2017
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 – So Far):

Is living in poverty really a ‘mind-set’? is by Richard Rothstein. It’s a good commentary on some remarks HUD Secretary Ben Carson made earlier this summer, which I previously talked about in NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Trump Administration Advances School Vouchers Despite Scant Evidence is from Scientific American. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Education by the Numbers is from The New York Times.  It provides a good overview of present ed stats. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn is from The Hechinger Report.

Who Benefits From the Expansion of A.P. Classes? is from The New York Times.

September 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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There Will Be A Weird, Great or Something In the Middle Ed Show On A Bunch Of TV Stations Friday Night

Be prepared to watch a television show on education tomorrow night that is either going to be weird, great or something in the middle.

XQ (see The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools) has a big one hour show on redesigning high schools.

Here’s how they described it in an email blast today:

We are one day away from EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live! If you haven’t already heard, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, and Randall Park are joining XQ to help #RethinkHighSchool.
Here’s what you need to know:
  • At 3:30/6:30PM ET, tune in to our XQ website to watch our #XQLIVE red carpet pre-show livestream hosted by YouTube sensation Dytto and actor Jorge Diaz. 
  • At 8/7PM CT, tune-in on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and the XQ website to watch our one-hour special event.

I have some concerns about the project, which I shared in the previously mentioned “Best” list.

You can also read more about the show at:

XQ is taking over TV to make the case that high school hasn’t changed in 100 years. But is that true? is from Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat.

Four Networks to Air ‘XQ Super School Live’ Education Special on Friday is from Ed Week.

September 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good NY Times Piece On Empathy’s Role In School Discipline

Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize. is a pretty interesting NY Times column by David L. Kirp.

He talks about two examples of how the use of empathy substantially reduced suspension rates for students of color. I found the first one particularly interesting. It had teachers take an online tutorial. Here’s an excerpt that talks about it:

This reminds me of something our administrators have done in the past – they’ve had panels of students of color share their stories and experiences at our staff meetings, and the followed up with them participating in “circles” (which we use a lot at our school in restorative practices).

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On Helping To Build Empathy In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

August 30, 2017
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 – So Far):

Ethnic Studies: A Movement Born Of A Ban is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The Value Of Ethnic Studies Classes – Help Me Find More.

Tucson’s Mexican Studies Program Was a Victim of ‘Racial Animus,’ Judge Says is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

The annual education poll by Phi Delta Kappa International was published today (you can see links to reports from previous years at The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — 2016).  Here are article summarizing this year’s poll:

More Americans Give Top Grades to Public Schools is from Ed Week.

Americans express support for traditional public schools in new poll, even as Trump disparages them is from The Washington Post.

Speaking of education polls, NPR reports on the results of a different one at Surprise, Trump’s Education Ideas Are Polarizing.

The State Supreme Court Just Changed Everything We Knew About Local Tax Hikes discusses a court decision that could have a huge positive impact on school financing here in California. Thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip.

Understanding the Common Core State Standards in California: A quick guide is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core — I Hope You’ll Contribute More.

Schools with more students of color are more likely to be shut down — and three other things to know about a big new study is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

August 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: We Need More Teachers Of Color

The National Center For Education Statistics issued a report today titled Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2015–16 National Teacher and Principal Survey.

Here’s a depressing, though unsurprising, excerpt from it:

 

Learn more about why these numbers are so bad, how they affect our students, and what can be – and is – being done about it at A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More).

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