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July 23, 2016
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 2016 – So Far):

50 Years Seeking Educational Equality: Revisiting the Coleman Report is from Education Week.

What If Everything You Thought You Knew About Teachers Unions Turned Out to be Wrong? is from EdShyster. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

Meet Tim Kaine’s wife, a longtime child welfare advocate and Virginia’s secretary of education is from The Washington Post.

Rauner email: Half of CPS teachers ‘virtually illiterate’ is from The Chicago Tribune.

Here’s An Idea: Change The Federal Definition Of Student Achievement is from NPR. Letter details opposition to federal proposal defining student success on tests is from Ed Source and is on the same topic.

3 Ways That Performance-Based Assessment Addresses 3 Important Critiques of Standardized Assessment is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Performance Assessment.

New report is ‘huge warning sign’ that desegregation has failed in US schools is from The Guardian. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Former L.A. Unified teacher Rafe Esquith can continue with his lawsuit, judge rules is from The L.A Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On The Rafe Esquith Controversy/

Fired by L.A. schools, star teacher takes his Shakespeare lessons elsewhere is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

July 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Grit” May Have Its Place, But Also Has To Be Kept In Its Place

Should Grit Be Taught and Tested in School? is a new, short and useful article at Scientific American.

Here’s how it ends:

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You might also be interested in a piece I wrote for The Washington Post a few years ago – Why schools should not grade character traits.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About “Grit.”

July 13, 2016
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 2016 – So Far):

The Politics of the Common Core Assessments is from Education Next. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

How to decipher the state’s proposed school and district report cards is from Ed Source and is about California.

Professional Development: Are You Content With the Scenario? is by Peter DeWitt at Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More,

Which Comes First, Good Teachers or a Good School? Researchers Say Yes is from The 74 and is by Matt Barnum.

I’m adding this tweet to The “Best” Lists Of Recommendations About What “Effective” Teachers Do:

July 6, 2016
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 2016 – So Far):

Who’s Graduating? A National Snapshot is a very clear and useful infographic from the American Institutes For Research.

Cloning great schools is latest in long line of L.A. reform plans is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Billionaire’s Charter Plan To Split LA’s School District.

Hours Before Campaigning With Obama, Clinton Tries to Distance Herself on Education is from The Atlantic.

Creating Coherence in the Teacher Shortage Debate: What Policymakers Should Know and Do is from The American Institutes For Research. I’m adding it to The Best Articles & Posts About The “Teacher Shortage”

Five Ways to Increase Teacher Agency in Professional Development is from Edutopia. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

5 Things Teachers Want from PD, and How Coaching and Collaboration Can Deliver Them—If Implementation Improves is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to the same list.

July 4, 2016
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 2016 – So Far):

Anthony Byrk coins a new -at least, to me – term, “practice-based evidence,” in his piece, Accelerating How We Learn to Improve. Here’s how he describes it:

The choice of words practice-based evidence is deliberate. We aim to signal a key difference in the relationship between inquiry and improvement as compared to that typically assumed in the more commonly used expression evidence-based practice. Implicit in the latter is that evidence of efficacy exists somewhere outside of local practice and practitioners should simply implement these evidence-based practices. Improvement research, in contrast, is an ongoing, local learning activity.

This recognition of context was also raised in a different…context by Five Thirty Eight in an interesting article headlined Failure Is Moving Science Forward.

I’m adding them both to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Education secretary takes heat for pushing single rating of schools is from Ed Source.

Teach for America Has Gone Global, and Its Board Has Strange Ideas About What Poor Kids Need is from The Nation. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America. Thanks to Mike Klonsky for the tip.

How Will ESSA’s Innovative Assessment Pilot Work? is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

Teacher-Led Restructuring Plans Lead to Student-Achievement Gains, Paper Says is from Ed Week.

The Intervention That Works Across Settings With All Children is from The Shanker Institute and is about teacher collaboration (and collaboration with other stakeholders). I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More:

June 29, 2016
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 2016 – So Far):

Clashes Draw Support for Teachers’ Protest in Mexico is from The New York Times.

A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

High Test Scores At A Nationally Lauded Charter Network, But At What Cost? is from NPR. I’m adding it to the same list.

The Effectiveness of Class Size Reduction is a new report from The National Education Policy Center. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About How Class Size Does Matter.

Chris Christie’s Education Plan Is Shocking is from Slate.

Christie Plan for Funding NJ Schools Widely Criticized; Cami Anderson Warns of ‘Devastating Impact’ is from The 74.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act:

June 23, 2016
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 2016 – So Far):

The Tragedy in Oaxaca Really Puts America’s Squabbles Over Education Reform in Perspective is from Slate.

How California Gov. Jerry Brown Fought the Federal Government on Education Policy — and Won is by Matt Barnum.

California in the Age of ESSA: Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Real Consequences is also by Matt Barnum.

America’s Not-So-Broken Education System is by Jack Schneider. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

No Panacea: Diagnosing What Ails Teacher Professional Development Before Reaching for Remedies is a report from New America. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Michigan governor signs $617 million Detroit schools bailout is from The Associated Press.

Teacher pay around the world is from Brookings.

Teacher Unions Are ‘Bargaining for the Common Good’ is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

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