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October 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources To Help School Counselors Assist ELLs – Please Suggest More

October 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles & Posts On Arne Duncan’s Resignation – Help Me Collect More

You’ve probably already heard about Arne Duncan’s resignation today.

I thought it would be useful to begin collecting useful commentaries about his departure and legacy.

For what it’s worth, here’s my own “take” via a tweet and a short comment I sent Ed Source when they asked me what I thought:

I think California schools are in a position to make huge strides in spite of former Secretary Duncan’s attempt to get the state to march in step with his off-tempo drumbeat. His refusal to support the state’s waiver requests, and his subsequent encouragement of a waiver request by districts done without the support of local teachers, indicate how out of touch he has been with what effective school improvement efforts really look like. It’s important to note that Mr. Duncan has had nothing to do with what is arguably the most important school reform effort being done in the country today – Governor Brown’s transformation of school funding,

And now, for a beginning collections of commentaries from others:

Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, to Step Down in December is from The New York Times.

If you thought Arne Duncan was controversial, meet his successor is from The Washington Post.

The Education Secretary’s Greatest Hits is from NPR.

U.S. education secretary who clashed often with California to resign is from Ed Source.

Obama vs. teachers unions: It’s still on is from Politico.

What Arne Duncan did to American education and whether it will last is from The Hechinger Report.

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September 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Posts & Articles On Billionaire’s Charter Plan To Split LA’s School District

Crazy stuff is afoot in Los Angeles, with a planned massive effort to expand charters and divide the LA school district.

I’ll be adding new posts and articles to this list as events progress.

In addition, you might be interested in some previous posts about things that have recently happened in LA schools:

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools

LA Superintendent Expected To Resign On Thursday — And Does!

Okay, now here is news about the charter plan:

Test scores complicate the debate over expanding L.A. charter schools, $490-million plan would put half of LAUSD students in charter schools, and Plan to boost charters splits L.A. Unified board are all from the Los Angeles Times, and are about the awful plan billionaire charter backers have to ruin the L.A. school district.

Major charter school expansion in the works for L.A. Unified students is from The LA Times.

Zimmer accuses Broad charter plan of strategy to ‘bring down’ LAUSD is from the LA School Report.

Teachers Union Protests Eli Broad’s Charter School Plan At Art Museum Opening is from LA’s CBS station.

Broad Foundation Plan Ignites Charter School War in L.A. is from Ed Week.

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September 19, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Ways To Use “3-2-1″ As An Instructional Strategy

Creating lessons and assignments using a “three-two-one” strategy is fairly common among classrooms. One advantage is that using that framework makes it easier for both students and teacher to remember what everybody is supposed to do!

Here are some variations that I’ve previously shared, used and/or written about — feel free to contribute your own in the comments section:

In a post titled How We Made An Excellent Speaking Activity Even Better, I described a pretty effective speaking lesson we do with English Language Learners.

Three-Two-One Is A Simple & Effective Summarizing Strategy is a post inspired by the work of educator Ekuwah Moses.

Reading Informational Texts Using the 3-2-1 Strategy is from Read Write Think.

Examples Of Student Work From My ELL History Classes

Please contribute more!

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September 15, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Online Tools For Comparing The Physical Sizes Of Different Countries

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Last week I published a popular post titled “The True Size Of” Is A Must-Use Site In Every Geography Class about a new site that lets you easily compare – accurately – the sizes of different countries.

Reader John Padula then left a comment mentioning that there were also two similar sites, so I thought a short “Best” list would be in order.

“If It Were My Home” is a site that I’ve previously written about:

“If It Were My Home” is a neat interactive that compares the standard of living in the United States to any other country of your choice. The site also has some other neat features.

I realized that it allowed you to compare statistics, but I didn’t realize, as John wrote, “if you allow it to determine your location, superimposes any region right on top of where you are.

He also wrote about a site that was completely new to me called Comparea.

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About The World’s Different Cultures.

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September 12, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Reading Fluency (Including How To Measure It)

I’ve published a zillion “Best” lists that are reading-related. I’ve also published quite a few posts on reading fluency, though I’ve never gathered them together.

So, first, I’ll share some of the most useful lists about reading. Then, I’ll share links to my fluency-related posts.

Here goes:

Now for posts on reading fluency:

“Webcam Research Helps Kids Improve Reading Fluency”

Measuring Reading Fluency

“FluencyTutor” Could Be A Useful Tool For Students To See Their Reading Progress

Literably Is An Excellent Reading Site — If Used With Caution

Talking To Students About Their Reading (& Their Data)

Reservations About Christian Science Monitor Column On “Slow Reading Movement”

Latest Results Of Our Home Computer Project

Assessments Are In For The Home Computer Project

Latest Assessment Results From Family Literacy Project

Reading Recs is a new feature of the extraordinary site, SAS Curriculum Pathways. It’s a new tool that allows students to orally read and record passages that teachers can listen to at a later time.

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September 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Resources On The 2016 Rio Olympics

We’ve got a long ways to go, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to begin a “Best” list on next year’s Olympic Games in Brazil.

I’m going to start it with just a couple of videos and links, and will be adding tons more over the next several months.

In addition, though, I’m going to share links to “Best” lists I’ve posted on previous Olympics. Many of those resources are still “live” and useful. Eventually, I’ll go through them and paste the most relevant links here, too.

Previous lists are:

The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games

The Best Sites For Learning About The London 2012 Olympics

The Best Sites To Learn About The Vancouver Winter Olympics

The Best Sites To Teach & Learn About The Olympics

Okay, now here are some useful videos related to Rio:

Here’s the official Rio Olympics site.

“The ancient origins of the Olympics” is a TED-Ed lesson and video:

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August 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources On Blended Learning – Help Me Find More

“Blended Learning” has become sort of an education “buzzword.” What, exactly, is it?

Here are some resources to begin answering that question. This is just an initial short list – please suggest additions in the comments:

This is a good infographic comparing blending learning with the flipped classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.

How can teachers get devices for blended learning? is from Edutopia.

6 Great Tools for Blended Learning is from Ed Tech Review.

Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom is from The Christian Science Monitor.

Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype? is from The Washington Post.

The Basics of Blended Instruction is from ASCD.

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