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What the School Reform Debate Misses About Teachers

For my post today, I’m sharing an excellent op-ed by former New York chancellor, Joel Klein. While I don’t always agree with Klein, in this case, I believe that he’s hitting the crux of the issue regarding teachers, and that we need to stop choosing sides and ensure that our children get great teachers and … Continue reading

Paying Teachers $125K for Excellence

In this 60 Minutes episode, “Charter School’s $125,000 Experiment,” Katie Couric reports on a New York City charter school experimenting with high salaries to attract great teachers, none of whom are provided the safety net of tenure. What do you think?   Zoe Weil, President, Institute for Humane Education Author of Most Good, Least Harm, … Continue reading

This is Bullshit

Jeff Jarvis expresses a summary of my thoughts on schools (and institutions at large) today during his TEDxNYED talk. I find his talk cathartic, purging the staleness I feel in my own conversations about education. Maybe it’s just the swearing. Some excerpts I particularly like: “Right now, you’re the audience and I’m lecturing. That’s bullshit. … Continue reading

School is not a fetch quest

This morning I finally caught up with “To Really Learn, Quit Studying and Take a Test”, the The New York Times article discussing the conclusions of “Retrieval Practice Produces More Learning than Elaborative Studying with Concept Mapping,” a recent Science article on the advantages of test-taking over studying for comprehension and inference-making. To quote from … Continue reading

“Race to Nowhere:” An Educational Horror Movie

[Admin note: Trevor Przyuski is my instructional coach and a critical friend from our days back on our division’s strategic planning committee. I find his writing to be compelling so I secured his permission to cross-post this review of Race to Nowhere from his blog, Trevor in Mid-Stream. I also write with Trevor on Hamsterdam … Continue reading

The Adjacent Possible and School Transformation

As I was driving through town today, I heard the beginning of an interview with Steven Johnson, author of the newly-released book, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation. I would have heard the entire interview if I hadn’t pulled into my local bookstore and snapped up the last copy! I’ve been … Continue reading

Action Steps for 2011: Teaching Out Loud

I love to think in broad, idealistic (sometimes naively optimistic) terms and so the call to identify specific action steps for 2011 is a good exercise for me! I have sat back with more than a certain degree voyeuristic envy over the past few months as the energy, passion and vitriolic spittle has been flying … Continue reading

Guest post: Waiting for Superman — A Canadian Perspective

This is a guest post from Gordon MacIntyre, who is the Junior School Director at my school which is located in Vancouver, British Columbia. This was posted originally in our monthly magazine to parents, the Imprint. I make it a habit to avoid watching Oprah, but on this particular day in September I was intrigued; … Continue reading

You Never Asked Us!

Typical in schools, students aren’t asked about much that’s not on a test. Forget about asking them what is working for them or not in a school that is “working.” Really forget about asking such a question to students in a school that is “failing.” My hat is off to the students at Central Falls High … Continue reading

What Kind of Reform is This?

Tell me I am missing something here. Tell me this is satire and I am just taking it too seriously. Please, please, tell me this is not a serious argument for a virtue of standardized testing. Todd Farley on the Huffington Post writes “I am a reformer! Here me roar.” after stating that he is … Continue reading

Blog 4 Real Education Reform – The Sequel

On November 22, and the few days leading up to it, I was crazy busy posting links to this site as people blogged about  reform for education. it was one of the most amazing things to watch as people just kept sharing and sharing their ideas for reform. So, now it’s time to move beyond … Continue reading

#Blog4Reform Media Links

Please add a link to your own post or to a favorite post that describes the Real Grassroots Education Reform that you believe America needs in the comments at this site. http://coopcatalyst.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/ideas/ Next, please share one or more links with politicians and America’s media and use #blog4reform. Our voices only matter if others hear us. … Continue reading

National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform

November 22, 2010 has been declared the National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform, promoted by AASA and ASCD. ASCD has gathered 10 articles, in advance of Monday’s Day of National Blogging, in The New Faces of Ed Reform that discuss reforming education with teachers as leaders and partners in meaningful, lasting change. I can’t wait to see … Continue reading

Decanting Superman

Earlier this week I watched Waiting for Superman in a mostly empty theater. While it would have been great if the movie took a broader view of the diverse efforts and theories of reformers past and present, I did not leave upset at Guggenheim or any of the reformers in the film. I was crying … Continue reading

You Want Ideas? We Have Ideas!

The Day of National Blogging for Real Education Reform was an outstanding success in many ways, and it continues beyond November 22.  While this post was originally set up to archive the links, some organization quickly became necessary.  The links are now mostly alphabetical by title, but a few have been brought forward–the reflections on the … Continue reading

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