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August 19, 2015
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Wow! New Book On Newark Schools Sounds Amazing

The New York Times has just published a review of a new book on the school reform fiasco in Newark, New Jersey titled The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?

I’ve previously posted about the excellent article
the author, Dale Russakoff, wrote about Newark for The New Yorker, which she obviously then expanded and turned into this book.

Here’s an excerpt from the review:

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You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook.

You can also find even more recent updates on what is happening with Newark schools here.

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August 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Growth Mindset – Don’t Throw The Baby Out With The Bathwater

Over the weekend, Alfie Kohn wrote a piece for Salon headlined The perils of “Growth Mindset” education: Why we’re trying to fix our kids when we should be fixing the system.

It’s divided into four parts and I think the first section offers a spot-on critique of some who view the idea of a “growth-mindset” and other Social Emotional Learning concepts as the primary answer to the challenges facing our students and schools. It’s similar to analyses that I’ve offered elsewhere (see The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning and The Best Articles About The Study Showing Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough).

And I, like Kohn, am critical of what can be perceived as Professor Dweck’s occasional pronouncements that appear to support those in what I call the “Let Them Eat Character!” camp (see Our Students Are Not Supermen & Superwomen and The Limits To The Power Of A Growth Mindset (& The Dangers When We Don’t Recognize Them)).

But I think Kohn goes too far by portraying it as an either/or situation facing us in our classrooms — I believe the idea of a growth mindset can have a very positive impact on our students (and I’ve seen it). I also believe that helping students become aware of social/economic/political/racial challenges facing them and how to respond effectively, including through becoming active citizens, can also have a very positive impact on our students (and I’ve seen those benefits, too).

I also think it’s unfortunate that Kohn doesn’t mention some of Professor Dweck’s recent public efforts to rein in some of the misuses of her theory (see Why the ‘false growth mindset’ explains so much).

Perhaps, as the study in the below tweet suggests, either/or in many instructional situations is often not the paradigm that serves our students best…

I’m adding this post to The Best Resources On Helping Our Students Develop A “Growth Mindset.”

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August 18, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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California High School Exit Exam Fiasco — Here’s The Latest

You may, or may not, have followed my recent posts on the on-going fiasco of the California High School Exit Exam – may it rest it peace!

You can see some of those posts at The Best Posts & Articles About Why High School Exit Exams Might Not Be A Good Idea, including Wow! CA State Exit Exam Bill Could Eliminate Test Requirement – Retroactive To 2006.

In a nutshell, the State terminated the contract for giving the exit exam in June, and plans on creating a committee to explore future alternatives.

However, that left large number of students in the lurch, particularly English Language Learners, who had completed all their course requirements, but still hadn’t passed one or both of the exit exams (English, Math). They had been promised another opportunity to take the exam in July, but the state bureaucrats didn’t thinking about them. Many had already been accepted provisionally – in other words, based on their passage of the July exam — into colleges for the fall. A bill in the state legislature would grant them a degree, but not til January 1st.

Fortunately, this month – after an outcry – the California State University system just announced they would accept those students now, even if they had not yet received their diploma.

Here’s are some tweets about what’s been going on the past week:

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August 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The Importance Of Teachers

Frank Bruni wrote a New York Times column this morning that pretty much summarizes good policy changes that could be made to enhance the attractiveness of the teaching profession: higher salaries, a career ladder, a career ladder, a voice in policy decisions and more.

Here’s how he ends it:

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

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August 12, 2015
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 – So Far):

This is the most important article, and the most scary one, from this week: Major charter school expansion in the works for L.A. Unified students is from the L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Student Protests Around the World is a photo gallery from The Atlantic.

Teachers as learners and leaders: To dos for American decision makers is by Barnett Berry. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Two Weeks to Admit Teaching Is Hard is by Walt Gardner at Ed Week.

Master teacher suing New York state over ‘ineffective’ rating is going to court is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

New Tests Push Schools To Redefine ‘Good Enough’ is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional) is from The New York Times. Peter Greene has a related post that worth’s a read, too.

Education Week had a big announcement this week when they announced they had acquired Learning Matters, which does a lot of video education journalism, including producing segments for the PBS News Hour. You can read their announcement here and an Alexander Russo column on it here.

20 years later, Dangerous Minds is still pretty silly—and ugly is from Slate. After I tweeted out the link, Adeyemi Stembridge shared this hilarious parody clip:

I’m adding them both to The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies.

I’m also adding The Moments In Between: What They Never Show in Teacher Movies is by Liz Prather to the same list.

2nd “This American Life” Report on School Integration Just As Great is by John Thompson.

Teach For America Sees Another Big Drop In Accepted Corps Members is from The Huffington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

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August 10, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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I Hope California Keeps This In Mind When Deciding About Future High School Exit Exams

New York experience shows Common Core tests can come at a cost for underprivileged students is the headline of a new Hechinger Report article, and I sure hope a lot of California policy-makers read it.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Pass that exam will soon be required in order to graduate from high school in New York.

As state legislators discuss a replacement for the now-defunct California High School Exit Exam (see The Best Posts & Articles About Why High School Exit Exams Might Not Be A Good Idea), which has included mentions of putting test requirements in place that sound suspiciously like New York’s, let’s keep this new data very, very visible…..

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August 7, 2015
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 – So Far):

Jeb Bush’s Questionable Record on Education is from The Atlantic.

What We’re Missing In Measuring Who’s Ready For College is from Five Thirty-Eight.

Fifty psychological and psychiatric terms to avoid: a list of inaccurate, misleading, misused, ambiguous, and logically confused words and phrases is from Frontiers In Psychology. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

The New, New Framework For AP U.S. History is from NPR. I’m adding it to my previous post on this topic, Irony Alert! College Board Caves On Same Day Petitions Delivered To Recall School Board That Wanted Changes In AP History Class.

To teach only ‘American exceptionalism’ is to ignore half the country’s story is a piece from The Guardian on the same topic.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Education Articles From “The Onion”:

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