It’s time for another of my mid-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,900 “The Best…” lists here).
I’m adding this one to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!
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Here are my choices for The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2018 – So Far (let me know what you think I’m missing). These are not listed in any order of preference:
First off, here are ed policy-related “Best” lists I posted this year:
7 Things to Know About the Supreme Court Decision That Just Slammed Teachers’ Unions is from Ed Week and gives an excellent overview of this terrible decision.
After Spending $575 Million On Teacher Evaluation, Gates Foundation Says, “Oops” is a post I wrote about this big news. I’m also including it here because it received 200,000 hits within a week.
Bottom-Up School Reform: Teachers (Part 1) is from Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More!
I’ve been long-concerned about The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning and what can often be its lack of connection to racial equity issues. The Aspen Institute just published a report raising those issues very eloquently: Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action. I have questioned the value of some of the reports Aspen has put out about SEL, but I think this one should be studied by every school that thinks they are emphasizing SEL at their site. I’m adding this info to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.
We Can’t Graph Our Way Out Of The Research On Education Spending is from the Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.
Has Your School Been Investigated for Civil Rights Violations? is from ProPublica.
This is an impressive CNN piece titled These charts show why America’s teachers are fired up and can’t take any more.
Why the school spending graph Betsy DeVos is sharing doesn’t mean what she says it does is by Matt Barnum. It’s related to NAEP scores, but the terrible graph he discusses shows up all the time. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.
Effect Sizes: How Big is Big? is by Robert Slavin.
From Policy to Classroom Practice: The Macro and Micro at Work is by Larry Cuban.
Fifteen newsletters you need to know about if you really love education journalism is an extremely useful post by Alexander Russo. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues.
She Breaks Rules While Expecting Students to Follow Them is an excellent commentary on Eva Moskowitz and her charter schools. It appeared in The NY Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.
What School-Funding Debates Ignore is an important article that appeared in The Atlantic. It’s written by Jack Schneider. I’m adding it to: The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy
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.
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.
What Makes a Good School? is from Slate.
How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most is an intriguing interactive from The NY Times.
What Really Happened At The School Where ‘Every Senior Got Into College’ is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools, since there’s a definite connection.
Brainwaves Videos on YouTube is a great channel to find short videos of educators discussing important topics (in fact, you can find one of me talking about helping students develop intrinsic motivation).
This new video on “Why Teachers Quit” is a great one to watch. I’ve shared Richard Ingersoll’s work at The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions, and he provides an important summary of it all here….
Saturday Night Live aired this spoof of the interview:
Dylan Wiliam, who may have written the best piece I’ve ever seen on formative assessment (see This ASCD Article By Dylan Wiliam May Be The Best Article You’ll Ever Read On Giving Students Feedback) has written – if not the best, one of the best – articles on education research.
It’s headlined Getting educational research right, with a subtitle of “Research can guide teachers, but it cannot determine what will work in their classrooms.”
Here’s an excerpt:
I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.