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September 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New “State Of Our Cities” Education Interactive Looks Intriguing

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The Bush Institute today released an interactive on education so you can compare schools in 114 cities.

The State of our Cities project appears surprisingly interesting and objective. It does not appear – at least to me – that they have any ax to grind in the school reform debate, and list useful stats.

You can read more about it at Ed Week’s article, New Website to Compare Cities’ Education Results Makes Debut.

I’m adding this info to The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data.

September 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: PBS News Hour Does Excellent Segment On Where Presidential Candidates Stand On Ed Issues

The PBS News Hour just aired this excellent segment reviewing where the Presidential candidates stand on education issues.

In addition, the posted this: Chart: Where do the presidential candidates stand on education?

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites To Learn About The 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections.

September 16, 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):

Where Charter-School Suspensions Are Concentrated is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Frustration. Burnout. Attrition. It’s Time To Address The National Teacher Shortage is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Articles & Posts About The “Teacher Shortage”

California Governor Signs Bill to Develop High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum is from NBC News.

An urban school serving needy kids posted big test gains. How did they do it? is from The Washington Post.

Elliot Haspel: Michael Petrilli Misreads How Poverty Affects Learning is from The 74. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Is School Reform Hopeless? is from The New York Times.

Novelist Nicholas Baker has written what appears to be a terrible book on American education. Read about it in these reviews:

An open letter to editors of the New York Times (and most other American periodicals). is by Daniel Willingham.

Pity the Substitute Teacher is by Sara Mosle.

September 16, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools

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“XQ: The Super School Project,” the project announced last year by Laurene Powell Jobs to redesign American high schools, announced their ten winners this week.

Here is what I wrote about the effort when it was first announced:

All education needs is another rich person who wants to reform education – and we’ve got it. Laurene Powell Jobs announced a $50 million prize to reinvent high schools, which you can read about in The Washington Post and at NPR’s Marketplace. I have little faith that anything good is going to come from it, especially since the project is being led by one of the key people behind the Vergara lawsuit attacking teachers.

I’ve since learned that Travis Bristol, an educator for whom I have a great deal of respect, now has a role in it, so perhaps something good might come out of the project, after all. But I’ll believe it when I see it….

Here are articles about it:

Billionaires, Schools & “less than stellar results”

You’ll want to read Jack Schneider’s piece about it in The Boston Globe, High schools don’t need a redesign.

$100 Million Awarded in Contest to Rethink U.S. High Schools is from The New York Times.

10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in ‘XQ Super School’ Contest is from Ed Week.

My Mixed Feelings on XQ’s ‘Super Schools’ is by Rick Hess.

September 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: New TED-Talks PBS Education Show Exceeds My Expectations & Ten Minutes Is A “Must-Watch”

Apart from a forgettable part with Sal Kahn (see Because Khan Academy Doesn’t Receive Enough Attention, Sal Khan Featured In TED Talk PBS Special Next Week), I thought last night’s TED Talks “Education Revolution” show on PBS was fairly decent.

It was much, much better than their last one, though it was so bad they couldn’t really go anywhere but up (see Complete Unedited Versions Of Last Night’s TED Talks On Education (Including Bill Gates & His $5 Billion Boondoggle).

The real surprise to me was the section beginning from twenty-two minutes in and ending at about the thirty-second minute. Victor Rios, who I’m embarrassed to say I had never heard of prior to the show (you can learn more about him at this PBS News Hour segment from a few years ago, One Man’s Journey From Gang Member to Academia), gave a must-watch talk on grit and resilience – with a very different perspective than those who say “Let them eat character” (see The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning).  His talk was followed by an excellent short film on undocumented students in Georgia who want to attend college.

Here are a couple of excerpts from his talk:

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Here is the entire video (which may, or may, show up in an RSS Readers0:

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

September 12, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Weapons Of Math Destruction” & Teacher Evaluation

You have heard about the new book, Weapons of Math Destruction. In it, the author Cathy O’Neil “describes the dangers of relying on big data analytics to solve problems.”

NPR did an interview with her today headlined ‘Weapons Of Math Destruction’ Outlines Dangers Of Relying On Data Analytics.

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

You might also be interested in this piece from Scientific American, Review: Weapons of Math Destruction.

September 11, 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 Textbook That Calls Mexicans Lazy is from The Atlantic.

Will Hillary Clinton’s Education Policy Break From Obama’s in a Huge Way? is from Mother Jones.

The “Big Bet” of a Funder That Hasn’t Forgotten Traditional Public Schools is from Inside Philanthropy. Thanks to Alexander Russo for the tip. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Why firing bad teachers isn’t nearly as important as creating good ones is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

Inside Detroit’s Radical Experiment to Save Its Public Schools is from TIME.

Connecticut’s Critical Deadline: Judge Says State Must Fix Public Education in Six Months is from The 74. An F-Minus for America’s Schools From a Fed-Up Judge is a New York Times article on the same court case.

Donald Trump Releases Education Proposal, Promoting School Choice is from The New York Times. And Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state is from The Washington Post.

The California State Board of Education approved a new system to evaluate schools. Here are some articles about it:

California’s schools won’t be judged only by their test scores, school board votes is from The L.A. Times.

State board unanimously adopts new school accountability system is from Ed Source.

California education leaders approve new method of grading schools is from The Sacramento Bee.

A big report came out on chronic absenteeism. Here are some articles related to it:

Which School Districts Struggle Most With Chronically Absent Students? is from Ed Week.

The Long-Term Consequences of Missing School is from The Atlantic.

Large Sacramento County school districts face absenteeism challenges is from The Sacramento Bee.

California students with highest chronic absentee rates concentrated in 14 districts is from Ed Source.

American schools have a chronic absentee problem is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding these to The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism.

September 3, 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):

What it Takes: Two high-poverty schools chase better graduation rates is from American Public Media.

‘Accountability’: Reclaiming the Worst Word in Education is by Justin Minkel at Education Week.

A New School Year Brings Renewed Focus On Attendance is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism.

Reforms That Stick: How Schools Change is by Larry Cuban.

Obama administration proposes rules for how school districts spend money meant for poor kids is from The Washington Post.

Donald Trump started to describe his education policy. Then he never finished his sentence. is from Vox.

Education Matters, But Direct Anti-Poverty and Inequality-Reduction Efforts Matter More is by Ben Spielberg. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality.

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