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July 28, 2015
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Video: “Key & Peele – TeachingCenter”

The amazing Key & Peele team has produced this education segment that seems a little “off,” in my humble opinion, but its language is appropriate enough for me to share here (they’ve done some better ed-related ones that contained off-color language). Be sure to watch the last commercial:

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July 25, 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):

College ratings system proposed by Obama is scrapped is from The Los Angeles Times.

Why Schools Over-Discipline Children With Disabilities is from The Atlantic.

Evaluating teachers: Precise but irrelevant metrics? is from The Hechinger Report.

Teachers May Be Staying In The Classroom Longer Than Expected, Says Study is from Ed Source.

Issue of collective bargaining threatens evaluation reform is from Ed Source.

As PARCC Sheds States, Is the Common-Core Test Toast or Tougher Than it Looks? is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

We Always Want To Get Better is a report on teacher professional development. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0 is a report commissioned by the California State Department of Education as a follow-up to a previous state commission (of which I was a member), which wrote a Part One report. It was co-chaired by Martha Infante, a great teacher in Los Angeles. You can read an article about this new report here.

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

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July 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Has Got To Be THE Most Humiliating Way To “Train” A Teacher You’ll Hear About…

In the always must-read EduShyster blog, guest Amy Berard writes about her humiliating teaching experience last year wearing an earpiece and being told what to do by three trainers in the back of her classroom with a walkie-talkie.

Here’s an excerpt:

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It’s absolutely insane and a must-read.

Thanks to Alexander Russo for sharing it on Twitter.

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July 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Businesses Dumping Employee Ranking Systems – Just As Schools Are Adopting Them For Teachers

I’m no advocate of treating schools like businesses (see The Best Posts & Articles Explaining Why Schools Should Not Be Run Like Businesses), but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe we can’t learn anything from one another.

Businesses are dumping the kind of evaluation systems that many schools are now adopting for teachers.

Microsoft made that change a couple of years ago (see Microsoft Eliminates Its Own Destructive VAM Rankings; However, Gates Still Seems Focused On Using It For Us).

Today, The Washington Post published a story about another big company doing the same – In big move, Accenture will get rid of annual performance reviews and rankings.

Here’s an excerpt:

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So, what might this say about education’s institutional leadership?

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July 22, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Giving Doctors (or teachers) Grades

Giving Doctors Grades is the headline of a New York Times column today that decries the recent practice of giving surgeons grades in New York and in other states.

Substitute the word “teachers” for “doctors” and in many ways it provides a very similar critique to the one many of us educators (and researchers) give to Value Added Measurements (see The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation) – and to charters for “creaming.”

Here’es an excerpt:

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I’m adding this info to The Best Articles Highlighting Parallel Critiques Of Increasing School & Health Care “Efficiency.”

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July 21, 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):

How One Law Banning Ethnic Studies Led to Its Rise is from The Atlantic. It demonstrates the old organizing adage that your opponent does your best organizing for you…

L.A. district continues to persecute one of the nation’s best teachers is from The Washington Post.

Money Does Matter After All appeared in Education Next. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

Kansas’s Teacher Exodus is from The Atlantic.

Stop repeating nonsense about ‘bad’ teachers. Just. Stop it. is from Icing On The Cake.

Hunches Gone Wrong: Time for the Gates Foundation to Reconsider Approach to Education is by John Thompson. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

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