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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 day and the response by Secretary Arne Duncan as well as responses to him.  Student voices are also near the top as they are our clients and why we are blogging for real reform. Thank you, students for participating!

An incredible appreciation goes to my superintendent and Ira Socol for devising this original idea on Twitter, to Tom Whitby for picking it up and running with it on October 17, 2010, to Eric MacKnight for archiving the first set of blogs, and to Becky Fisher for thinking up the hashtag, #blog4reform.

And, as always, thanks to the innumerable behind the scenes folks who have supported this day–the amazing, passionate, dedicated educators who give their all in the classrooms and to each other every day  in so many unrecognized ways. Co-op Catalyst writers get a special appreciative hug for all of their support of this post and their thoughtful and thought-provoking conversations!

Thanks, also, to the parents, community members and organizations who lent a hand and shared as well. Without you, we would have a much harder time.

Please continue to add your blog4reform links to the comments below and they will be added to this archive. As we have time, we’ll add the blog authors as Ira Socol has done on his list.


The Blog4Reform Daily our newspaper

Imagine. November 22, 2010 Pam Moran

Reform Revolution From The Ground Up Dave Britten

Revolutions Start With One Steven Anderson

What #Blog4Reform Did For Me Dave Meister

Selected Quotes from #blog4reform Blog Posts BerkshireCat

Arne Duncan respondsMaking Real Progress on School Reform

Duncan’s response to #blog4reform in wordle

Responses To Secretary Duncan:

To Secretary Duncan Chad Sansing

Arne Duncan and The Blog For Reform Day Kari Dalane

Secretary Duncan: Here is What Divides Us Anthony Cody

Web 2.0 tools used for blog4reform:

A wordle on Ira’s list and this site

Voices for Reform-add your voice to this voicethread on school reform

Twitter Transcript (on google docs)

Student Voices in response toShould We be Good At School? Tony Baldisaro

Blog4reform posts

21st Century Education is the Real Reform (VIDEO) Carolyn Foote

$120,000 for 20 Years of Service? Toby Buffenbarger

10 Elements of Good Education Dana Bennis

10 Essential Keys to Education Reform SaraJean

10 Keys to Real Education Reform Sara Schmidt

3 Common Obstacles to Change—and How to Avoid Each Alan M. Blankstein

44 Words Which Bear Repeating Richard Lakin

8 Conditions That Make It Happen The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

9 Questions for Reflective School Reform Leaders Peter Pappas

a humble reform John T. Spencer

A Mission From The Heart Walt Sutterlin

A moment for education Garden337

A New Vision for Students in School Reform Adam Fletcher

A Proud Papa-21st Century Learning William Brannick

A Teaching Degree Does Not Make a Teacher Mrs. Ripp

All This Talk of Reform is Making Me Cranky Deven Black

America’s Next Best Teacher Mr. Zimmer

An Appreciative Vision Lani Hall

An Awakening of Sorts Marla McLean Atelierista

And I’m Not Saying There’s Only One Way Cian Sawyer

Are We Preparing Developers or Producers? Chad Ratliff

Beep, Beep, Doot, Doot, Doot Chad Sansing

Education for Profit and Its Nexus with the DPVA Decision KathyinBlacksburg

Blogging for Real Education Change STELLAPORTO

Blogging For Real Education Reform Bill Ferriter

Blogging for Real Reform Dougpete

Blogging for Real Reform Today: My Rants and Praises Shelley

Blogging for Real Reform: Name Your Reform Eric Juli

Blogging For Reform–First Let’s Fire All The Teachers Alice Mercer

Blowin’ the Roof Off

Changing Structures Ira David Socol

Changing The Way(s) We Always Do Things In Public Schools Mike Lubelfeld

Computer Based Math-the Silver Bullet for Education JonathanMartin

Creative Courage – Blogging for Real Reform Rick Glass

Critical Time to Truly Make Change Happen Stephanie

Crude & Awkward: Educational Forms & Teacher 2.0 Devon Adams

Data and Collaboration Milena

Day of National Blogging For Real Educational Reform Michael Barbour

Day of Blogging on Education Reform David Finkle

DeSchooling Education Damian Bariexca

Describing Teacher-Run Schools Ted Kolderie and Joe Graba

Document-share-reflect Monika Hardy

Don’t Be Stingy or, Forming a Grassroots Organization to Save Public Education Miss Shuganah

Drowning in shallow water”: How can we deepen literacy instruction? Corrie H. Kelly

Ed Reform – Critical Time To Truly Make Change Happen Stephanie

Education Deconstructed IceApple

Education Doesn’t Need Any More Nip Tuck: Our Normal Approach Is Useless Here Kelly Tenkely

Education for Sane Planetary Citizenship Adam Burk

Education Leaders Identify Top 10 Components of Personalized Learning ASCD

Education Needs Reflective Educators Shelly Terrell

Education Needs Reflective Educators 2 Greta

Education Reform For The Future of our Children Stephanie

Education Reform is Re-establishing, Redefining and Retooling : 2¢ Worth David Warlick

Education Reform Tragedy, and Catharsis David B Cohen

Educational Dilemma – What’s Important? Ryan Woods

Educational Reform – changing the way(s) in which we always do things in public schools… Mike Lubelfeld

Effective at What? Effective for Whom? Becky Fisher

Empower Students Kevin Hodgson

ePortfolios Will Be Central to the New-Form Dan McGuire

Even on IDEA’s 35th, Special Ed Dollars Aren’t Free Rick Hess

Evolving as a Leader Kimberly Eggett

Excellent Educational Model-WPI’s Plan David Andrade

Expanded Learning? Extended Learning? Let’s Just Make Sure There’s More Quality Learning Ron Fairchild

Experience doesn’t matter? Mel Riddle

Experience Matters Magistra Mahoney

From Drift to Shift: Celebrating the Transformation of Education Walter McKenzie

Get Rid of the “Students as Widgets” Mentality Anne O’Brien

Go Beyond the Four Walls of the ClassroomMichael Thornton

God Bless Elementary School Teachers Chris Fancher

Golf, Procedural Knowledge, and Ed Reform Ann Etchison

Governor Elect Brown: Please remove Ben Austin from the State Board of Education Robert Skeels

Gowalla and the virtual geography of learning Chad Sansing

Grassroots School Reform- Keep It Local Jeff Delp

How can (I, you, we) work toward ed reform? Jeremy Lenzi

How to Effect Change Karen

If we were really serious about educational technology Scott McLeod


Incompetent Teachers or Dysfunctional Systems? Fix the system to support the teachers David Andrade

Information vs. Knowledge Lee Skallerup Bessette

Innovate Through Connected Adjacencies Saul Kaplan

It is about Relationships, Stupid David Loitz

It’s Time for Serious Discussions About What Works in Schools A Evans

Justifying Injustices Tom Altpeter

Keeping What’s Important in Focus Pam Lowe

KIPP Should Change Its Name To CIPP: Updated Marc Dean Millot

Learning For Pleasure-Seriously! Yoon Lim

Less Failure Does Not Equal More Success Stuart Singer

Life Lessons Milena

Loosen Up Your Hold On Classroom Management Lyn Hilt

Meet Me in the Middle David Britten

Mind the Gap Shelley Krause

Mixed Messages Heidi Haas Gable

My blog4reform suggestions ITeachQ

My Ideas for School Improvement Rachel Haen

My Inner Pollyanna’s Ed Reform Blue Sky Jason Flom

My Kind of Blended Adrianne Stone

My Vision for a Transformed Education Kristan Morrison

National Day of Blogging for Ed Reform: How Would I Change Education?

National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform Chris Fancher

New Federal Ed Tech Plan–More Ed than Tech Bob Farrace

New Vision for Students in School



Normalcy of Public Schools Lauralee Moss

Obsessing over education Nicole Pelton

On Education Reform: Equity Eric Brunsell

One educational reform I would like to see Teacher Ken

One Model Does Not Fit All The Education Traveler

One parent’s story of one school Tamar Wyschograd

Overlooking the Obvious Bob Sprankle

Parent/Family Engagement Matters Myrdin Thompson

Passion Driven Conversations David Truss

Passion Drives Us Eric Sheniger

PDK’s Commitment Bill Bushaw

Planting… or Uncovering… Brilliance Paula White

Please, take this personally… Walt Sutterlin

Positive Reform: Making it Happen Dave Meister

Power of Integrated Curriculum LeeAnn

Preventing Reading Learning Disabilities Vanessa Peters

Privileging Beautiful Work: Give Change a Chance Mary Ann Reilly

Re-formed Shullamuth

Re-Inventing The Learning Process: Really? Stephen Hurley

Real Ed Reform Edurebel

Real Reform Laura Thomas

Real Reform Begins With Raising Expectations David Britten

Real Reform Goes Backward Michael Kaechele

Reform Education: Get Rid of the “Students as Widgets” Mentality Anne O’Brien

Reform education – one classroom at a time Tyler Trice

Reform Through Action David Wees

Reform Your Perceptions of Geography and “Salvation” Gregory Hill

Reformers Without Chalk On Their Hands Mindsteps

Research+Classroom Application = Real Ed Reform Deanna Senn

Ryan’s Recipe 4 Reform Ryan J. Wassink

School Funding and the Kindness of Strangers Julie Woestehoff

Schools a third way Charlie Sutherland

Science for 21st-Century Students Frank Noschese

Sharing Ideas in Teaching Gail Paulin

Six Reasons We’re Grateful to Teachers R Jackson

Should We Force Students to Learn? Or How Can we Change Schools to Engage Students? David Andrade

Slow Down and Take a Step Back Steven Anderson

So Close and Yet So Far Bill Ivey

Student’s Insights David Keane

Sub-a-Dub-Dub Nancy Flanagan

Take the Power Back: Teacher-Run Schools Mary Beth Hertz

Taking Charge of Our Profession (Again) Renee Moore

Taking The Plunge Shelley Wright

Teacher Evaluation Steve Barkley

Teachers and Education Policy: Two Voices in Dialogue: Part 1 – Living in Dialogue – Education Week Teacher Anthony Cody

Teachers Must be Part of the Conversation on Education Policy Megan Allen

Teaching Teachers To Be Global Educators-an Inquiry Approach Zoe Branigan-Pipe

Technology Training for Teachers – The Right Way Tony Baket

Ten Simple Strategies for Re-engaging Students Andrew Marcinek

Testing is Destroying Our Schools Bill Ferriter

The Best Lists on School Reform Larry Ferlazzo

The “New Normal” of Sec. Duncan Adrianne Stone

The Collective Individual Casey Corrona

The corporate takeover of American schools Paul Thomas

The Passion Bug Is Spreading. Have You Ever Caught It? Kyle Pace

The Rule of Law Dave Britten

The relationship between school building conditions and student achievement at the middle school level in the Commonwealth of Virginia Calvin Bullock

The Same Thing Over and Over Rick Hess

The Third Technology Ira David Socol


The trend for appointing CEOs to top ed jobs Mike Klonsky

The Wait Is Over Sean Slade

The WHAT, WHY, and HOW of Education Reformation Chris Fritz

The World Becomes What You Teach: Transforming Our Education Systems to Graduate Solutionaries for a Better World Institute for Humane Education

There ain’t no right way to do wrong Sabrina So How Can We Do Right?

There is NO Magic Bullet; Superman Does Not Exist Zeb Bassoon

Thinking about Change David Truss

Those That Inspire… Teach Cathy Brophy

Time for Schools to Stop Damaging Children Ruth Bettelheim

To everything there is a season… except learning Jon Becker

To Improve Teaching, Put Teachers in Charge Carrie Bakken

Transform to Reform Paula Naugle

Transformation Plan, Designing Backwards David Loitz

Trust Me Mark Ahlaness

U.S.: National Blogging for Real Education Reform Milton Ramirez

Unfettered Educational Reform – examine every possibility Jeff Delp

Using Data & Mae West are Connected? #1: It’s Not What You’ve Got; It’s What You Do With What You’ve Got Diana Nunnaley

We Stand Beside Them and Learn Ann Leaness

What #edcamp has to teach us about PD; A Letter to Administrators Dan Callahan

What I Want for Reform Michelle Baldwin

What I Want From My Union Tyler Rice

What is Content? Chris Liebig

What Is Our Purpose? Bonitadee

What Postman & Weingartner said about Ed Reform Bill Gx

What We Can Do—New Teachers Chris Lehmann

What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying Cathleen Richardson

Whatever Happened to Promoting Student Ownership and Responsibility? Sabrina

Who is Responsible for Failing Schools and Students?  Everyone! David Andrde

Who Says Our Way Is The Right Way? Jeff Jarvis

Why I Left Teaching: A Personal Example for the Ed Reform Movement Emily Starr

Why Libraries are the Future of School Shullamuth

Win the Battle Lyn Hilt

Yeah, Maybe It’s ALL about Finland Sarah Puglisi

Zombies are attacking! Ready the children! EdReformPR

Online Media talking about Blog4Reform:

Bloggers Get Fired Up Over Education Reform

(added by David Loitz)  What an amazing day! Over 2,300 hits for Real Transformation in Education Reform! Keep the conversation going!

Added November 18, 2010:

November 22, 2010 has been declared a Day of National Blogging for Real Education Reform, promoted by AASA andASCD. ASCD has gathered 10 articles, in advance of Monday’s Day of National Blogging, in The New Faces of Ed Reformthat discuss reforming education with teachers as leaders and partners in meaningful, lasting change.

I can’t wait to see Monday’s collective voices blogging for positive educational reform.  Many blog posts have lamented the fact that educator voices are often left out of the conversations about the future of schools.  Many state that the future is here and we simply need to embrace it.  Others say we need to embrace contemporary tools to help our students learn in school as well as they do out of it.  Many see learning and schooling as not equitable, and some examine how we can better support student learning.  National organizations are urging us as educators to add our voices to the cacophony and use our passion, our expertise, our visionary leadership to forge the way and be heard as a united group advocating for positive reform for our students–for meaningful learning and for lasting understanding of growth needs for our educational system.

Original Post of You Want Ideas?  We Have Ideas! :

A blogging  challenge has been set forth for November 22, 2010, to blog for real educational reform.   Tom Whitby had also set forth one for October 17 and the blogs are listed here. Please share your ideas then add your blog link on November 22 to the comments here.  We’ll compile them into this blog so they will be accessible to all, just as Eric Macknight did for October 17.  Join us in sharing your vision, browse the list and come read the Co-op’s posts for even more!


About Paula White

grandma, teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), DEN STAR, Google Certified Teacher, camper, Gifted Resource Tchr, NETS*T certified, lover of learning


160 thoughts on “You Want Ideas? We Have Ideas!

  1. Hi, I’m just getting my blog off the ground, but I’d love to add it to the list:


    Posted by maestromitch | October 29, 2010, 4:25 pm
  2. Cool. I look forward to reading more, Paula – thank you!

    Posted by Chad Sansing | October 29, 2010, 11:12 pm
  3. looking forward to reading the articles and blogs. click4biology Blog

    Posted by John Burrell | November 19, 2010, 8:04 am
  4. So glad I stumbled across this information:
    Looking forwarding to posting a blog on Nov 22nd re: teaching Black children to read.
    in the meantime: here is a link regarding teaching kids how to prevent reading disabilities:
    Regards, Vanessa Peters, Peoria IL

    Posted by Vanessa Peters | November 19, 2010, 1:46 pm
  5. Thanks for the push, Paula –

    Here is my link

    Thanks, also, to everyone contributing to the transformation of our schools and work!


    Posted by Chad Sansing | November 20, 2010, 1:46 pm
  6. My contribution to the National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform.

    Posted by David Britten | November 21, 2010, 1:14 pm
  7. Thanks, Colonel B and Deb, for the links to your posts!

    Posted by Paula | November 21, 2010, 2:21 pm
  8. Thanks, Paula. I decided to post under MissShuganah, because I am not sure how many people connect me with first name of Deb or Debbie, but they will definitely remember my Twitter handle.

    Posted by MissShuganah | November 21, 2010, 2:34 pm
  9. Going back to my first Co-op post,

    Thanks for all of your work on this Paula, I know its a lot.


    Posted by Adam Burk | November 21, 2010, 9:45 pm
  10. I have been blogging about my life lessons learned from being an assistant principal trying to make a difference.

    Would love to hear from people / learn from others about the topics we are struggling with / working on in our school.

    Posted by Milena | November 21, 2010, 10:45 pm
  11. I blog at Magistra’s Musings:
    I’ll be posting: “Experience Matters”
    I can also be found as @MagistraM on Twitter

    Posted by magistram | November 21, 2010, 10:55 pm
  12. Thanks for compiling. We will be the change agents!

    Posted by Stephanie | November 21, 2010, 11:10 pm
  13. My contribution, entitled “So Close and yet So Far,” is at Thanks for organizing this!

    Posted by bill01370 | November 21, 2010, 11:19 pm
  14. My blog is also fairly new, but I hope to be ramping things up more in the next few weeks, and I’ll definitely participate in Monday’s event., check it out

    Posted by Education Is | November 21, 2010, 11:57 pm
  15. I have just posted my entry in this event at Daily Kos

    It has the title “One educational reform I would like to see”

    and can be read at this link


    Posted by teacherken | November 22, 2010, 1:21 am
  16. Here is my contribution for this Blogging for Reform day.

    “Reform Through Action”

    Posted by dwees | November 22, 2010, 1:41 am
  17. Here is our contribution for this Blogging for Reform day, Education Needs Reflective Educators. This was a collaborative project with Greta Sandler!

    Posted by Shelly Sanchez Terrell | November 22, 2010, 2:14 am
    • We’re blogging today & often about Using Data for Meaningful Change.

      New blog post today:
      Mae West & Using Data Are Connected? Comments on Washington Post ed blog “Data, My New Dirty Word” (1st in a 3-part series)

      Future blogs will include a How-To Series on using a method called 4-Phase Dialog to drill from numbers to meaning to action.

      Posted by TercUsingData | November 22, 2010, 3:00 pm
  18. Just posted for #Edreform: Those that Inspire…teach

    http://mrsbrophy.edublogs .org

    Posted by Cathy Brophy | November 22, 2010, 7:31 am
  19. Adding mine to the list- “Drowning in Shallow Water”

    Posted by Corrie | November 22, 2010, 7:48 am
  20. Here is my post – I think we need to look to some successful colleges for ideas on changing K-12 education. I’m a big proponent of Project Based Learning – here is some info on a great PBL plan being used at a college that also stresses functional literacy vs. memorization and tests.

    Posted by David | November 22, 2010, 9:15 am
  21. Technology Training for Teachers – The Right Way This blog posts looks at technology training for PD and hoe to do it for all teachers. Today tech training works well for those that are good in technology but does not support the teachers that are not as tech savvy.

    Posted by Tony Baker | November 22, 2010, 9:20 am
  22. My post:

    “Zombies Are Attacking! Ready the Children!”


    Posted by Ed Reform PR | November 22, 2010, 9:27 am
  23. Paula here’s my contribution:

    “From Drift to Shift: Celebrating the Transformation of Education”


    Posted by Walter McKenzie | November 22, 2010, 9:48 am
  24. My Inner Pollyanna’s Ed Reform Blue Sky

    I know it is a repost, but I think it’s still relevant. At least, I hope so. 🙂

    Posted by Jason Flom | November 22, 2010, 10:10 am
  25. Thanks for collecting these posts. Here’s my contribution: “My 9 Questions for Reflective School Reform Leaders”

    Posted by Peter Pappas | November 22, 2010, 10:39 am
  26. I started my own blog focusing on education about a year ago. I write about funny things that happen to me as a teacher, but also about education problems and reform ideas. I added a link to one of my more reform minded posts. — The New Athenian Academy

    Posted by Tobe | November 22, 2010, 10:54 am
  27. Thanks for the opportunity to share and to have a place to read so many passionate ideas. My contribution: How can (I, you, we) work toward ed reform?

    Posted by jeremylenzi | November 22, 2010, 11:24 am
  28. A Personal Example to add to the National Day of Blogging for Real Ed Reform from a teacher who has left the classroom:

    Posted by Emily Starr | November 22, 2010, 11:30 am
  29. Some ruminating I’ve been doing lately on the learning process and what it might suggest about ways to approach education reform:

    Posted by Ann Etchison | November 22, 2010, 11:32 am
  30. With hope I might have time write a new blog post today….but if not….I think these two are quite on topic!

    Over 1,300 views already today(it was at 800 and jump 200 in less than a hour) and over 60 posts! and it is still really early!


    Posted by dloitz | November 22, 2010, 12:00 pm
  31. Education Reform means “…re-establishing the goals of education, redefining our roles as learners and master learners, questioning what it is that we need our children to learn, and retooling the learning landscape…”

    Posted by David Warlick | November 22, 2010, 12:00 pm
  32. Research+Classroom Application = Real Ed Reform

    I think we all agree that it’s about the kids… education reform needs to have a positive impact on the lives of the kids we are privileged and responsible to educate. When I read or hear about different education reform models that schools and districts have tried I find myself asking the same question every time…

    Posted by Deana Senn | November 22, 2010, 12:50 pm
  33. Reformers Without Chalk on Their Hands

    Posted by Robyn Jackson | November 22, 2010, 1:09 pm
  34. Here’s my post for this wonderful day of blogging the house down.

    Thanks everyone for your work!

    Posted by Mrsenorhill | November 22, 2010, 1:51 pm
  35. The WHAT, WHY, and HOW of Education Reformation

    It’s a shorter post than you think! I give my opinion with short answers, linking to others’ and my own posts with more details.

    Posted by Chris Fritz | November 22, 2010, 1:55 pm
  36. I am both a college writing teacher and a graduate student. I graduated just seven years ago from a public high school. The process is still very fresh in my mind.

    These are my top 5 ed reforms:

    Posted by Nicole | November 22, 2010, 1:58 pm
  37. I started my education blog just a couple of days ago–looks like I was just in time. Here’s a link to my ed reform post:

    Posted by edurebel | November 22, 2010, 2:21 pm
  38. Hey Bloggers- We here at the Waiting for Superman campaign would love to feature some of your blogs on our local pages or even on our Facebook. Come by the Facebook page and like us and share your blog with us. Thanks for all you are doing for education reform!

    Posted by T.J. Berden | November 22, 2010, 2:21 pm
  39. Here’s my contribution!

    “Real Reform”

    Posted by antiochcriticalskills | November 22, 2010, 2:22 pm
  40. Here’s a post w/ excerpts from a new essay by our president (and a CC blogger), Zoe Weil: “The World Becomes What You Teach: Transforming Our Education Systems to Graduate Solutionaries for a Better World”:

    Posted by Marsha | November 22, 2010, 2:26 pm
  41. Here is mine: A Teaching Degree Does Not Make a teacher

    Posted by Pernille Ripp | November 22, 2010, 3:28 pm
  42. Here’s my addition. Dang I am feeling so cynical today. Sad.


    Posted by educhange | November 22, 2010, 4:00 pm
  43. Here is my post. What a wonderful opportunity for the Department of Education to listen to “on the ground” voices about education reform.


    Posted by Carolyn Foote | November 22, 2010, 4:10 pm

    My little contribution, which is a re-post because I am sick today.

    Posted by TFT | November 22, 2010, 4:35 pm
  45. I’m blogging for real reform today, Nov. 22nd, as I do most every day. Keep up your good work.
    Mike Klonsky’s SmallTalk Blog

    Posted by Mike Klonsky | November 22, 2010, 4:51 pm
  46. Thanks for the push to get me writing today! Here are my rants and praises for a real reform.

    Posted by Shelley Owen | November 22, 2010, 5:01 pm
  47. Here is my blog piece to encourage real education reform. Thanks!

    Posted by Pam Lowe | November 22, 2010, 5:07 pm
  48. So much great stuff to read – but it’s good to know that so many are out there working hard for our public schools.

    PURE Thoughts is my blog for Parents United for Responsible Education.

    I’m also writing articles for the Huffington Post Education page. My latest is School funding and the kindness of strangers, which suggests that our schoolchildren are becoming poster children for deprivation which is sahmeful in this welathy nation:

    Posted by Julie Woestehoff | November 22, 2010, 5:22 pm
  49. On the behalf of the community at the Institute of Democratic Education in America, I want to share 2 posts that were written today! Also want to add that Scott Nine, IDEA’s Executive Director, is in Puerto Rico this week doing some really transformation work by meeting with the mayor of Caguas to explore the possibility of Caguas becoming an Education City.

    From Dana Bennis

    and Cian Sawyer

    Posted by dloitz | November 22, 2010, 5:37 pm
  50. “The New Normal of Sec. Duncan” on web 2.o edu

    Discussing the implications of Sec. Duncan’s suggested reforms on increasing class size and eliminating master’s degree bonuses and opening up discussion about them.

    Posted by Adrianne Stone | November 22, 2010, 5:58 pm
  51. What a great day for education. Here is my post. Short and sweet.

    Posted by Ann Leaness | November 22, 2010, 6:20 pm
  52. My blog post for real ed reform:

    “No, #Reform is Not ‘Trending”

    Posted by Dr. Timony | November 22, 2010, 6:28 pm
  53. I did a second entry. I’m calling it “Voices for Reform”. Basically, if anyone doesn’t have time to leave a full blog post, they can add to the Voicethread I started.


    Blogging would be better obviously as one can share more of their own perspective, but still some educators don’t have their own blogs.

    We’ll see if anyone comments.

    Posted by dwees | November 22, 2010, 6:29 pm
  54. Here’s my post. Thanks for the forum. “Blogging for Real Reform: Name Your Reform. Reform isn’t an either/or construct.

    Eric Juli

    Posted by Eric Juli | November 22, 2010, 6:37 pm
  55. I also contribute frequently to Parenting magazine, Mom Congress at As a parent of three children (two of whom attend public schools) and a former adjunct faculty member at a local community college, I feel it is essential that parents be engaged in the dialogue about education in our communities and be treated as equal partners in the discussion. We are our children’s first teachers and teachers and schools need our continued support if our children are to be successful.

    Posted by Myrdin Thompson | November 22, 2010, 6:53 pm
  56. This is a great way to gather input on true education reform. I am hoping that this grassroots effort can spread and help everyone who wants to make a change for improvement.

    Posted by Roger Crider | November 22, 2010, 7:57 pm
  57. Here’s my contribution to the Education Reform discussion: Keeping What’s Important in Focus –

    Posted by Pam Lowe | November 22, 2010, 8:43 pm
  58. I feel like I’m crashing a party of teachers here. I’m not a teacher, but I am a parent of three and I believe that parents, and ordinary citizens, should be at the heart of any discussion about education reform. I blog at A Blog About School. I didn’t realize that today was “National Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform,” but I just happened to post something today (“What is ‘content’?”) which I think fits right in.

    Posted by Chris | November 22, 2010, 8:56 pm
    • Absolutely you belong here–we need more parents in this conversation!

      Posted by Paula White | November 22, 2010, 9:34 pm
    • Welcome, Chris.

      I am a parent.

      These folks are really great, but they do not realize how formidable they are.

      Everyone who cares deeply about the future of education should be here.

      I’ve learned a lot from some of the educators here, and I am told that some of them have learned from me in kind. I urge you to follow as many educators as you can stand. As with any professional group, some are more welcoming than others. That is also a personality thing. One thing that Twitter has taught me or reiterated for me is to leave ego at the door. Be open to learning from whomever comes your way. One thing I always need to remind myself of and that is to listen. That’s not just a Twitter lesson. That is a lifelong lesson.

      We need a lot more parents here. I hope you find a home for yourself.

      Posted by MissShuganah | November 22, 2010, 10:37 pm
  59. Hope I’m not too late; here’s the link to my blog for the National Day

    Posted by Renee Moore | November 22, 2010, 9:41 pm
  60. My ideas for reforming education:
    1) Bring back the vocational schools
    2) create blended high schools with flexible scheduling

    Read more here

    Posted by Adrianne Stone | November 22, 2010, 9:48 pm
  61. My post: Learning for Pleasure, Seriously.

    Posted by Yoon | November 22, 2010, 10:00 pm
  62. Please add my comments to the special education consideration reform section. Thank you.

    Posted by Stella Porto | November 22, 2010, 10:02 pm
  63. My contribution for this challenge is located here
    We all need to keep doing our part to keep reform moving forward.

    Posted by Paula Naugle | November 22, 2010, 11:23 pm
  64. Educational Reform … changing the way(s) in which we always do things in public schools …

    Posted by mike lubelfeld | November 22, 2010, 11:46 pm
  65. Another blog for reform post-

    Inquire Within| Reform education – one classroom at a time:

    Posted by Tyler | November 22, 2010, 11:52 pm
  66. Here’s mine. Re Form: Why Libraries are the Future of School

    As that professional, I am adept at braiding not just ideas and information, but patterns of structure and style into my writing, my teaching practice, and my world view. I pull threads from that vast tapestry to construct the metaphors and analogies that can bridge the gap between where students begin, and the place that their internal drive to know and understand propels them to go.

    Posted by shullamuth | November 23, 2010, 12:55 am
  67. Guess I know what I’m going to be doing while lots of other people are watching football! Can’t wait to dig into some of these posts.

    My contribution is here: Mind the Gap

    Posted by Shelley | November 23, 2010, 12:57 am
  68. Here you go Paula. I got a little excited with my post 😉 Thank you for the opportunity to be heard.

    Blog Post: “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you are saying”

    Posted by Cathleen Richardson | November 23, 2010, 1:10 am
  69. on the Behalf of Jennifer Sertl, President of Agility3R.

    Fostering Passion and Curiosity

    Posted by dloitz | November 23, 2010, 1:24 am
  70. Here is my blog today, for the national day of educational reform.

    Posted by educationalrevolutionist | November 23, 2010, 1:59 am
  71. Last but not least? I posted this just before midnight, Nov. 22, Pacific time.

    Posted by David B. Cohen | November 23, 2010, 4:08 am
  72. You rock, Paula –

    My last post from yesterday:


    Posted by Chad Sansing | November 23, 2010, 5:54 am
  73. I blogged yesterday about a new vision for students in education reform at

    Posted by Adam Fletcher | November 23, 2010, 9:32 am
  74. better late than never…

    On Education Reform: Equity

    Posted by brunsell | November 23, 2010, 10:09 am
  75. Here are two, regarding the growing attention on teacher-run schools:

    Minnesota teacher to Secretary Duncan: To improve teaching, put teachers in charge —

    And, describing teacher-leadership in schools to Teacher Magazine —

    Posted by Tim | November 23, 2010, 10:48 am
  76. This is a great website to get ideas on education and different ways to teach.

    Posted by Brandon Kelley | November 23, 2010, 11:27 am
  77. Wow, what incredible energy Cooperative Catalyst has generated around blogging for real reform! The fact that Arne Duncan linked to this post shows that you all have really put yourselves and your ideas for transforming education on the map. Kudos!

    I’d like to add a couple more links from IDEA (Institute for Democratic Education in America):

    Sara J. Schmidt’s “10 Keys to Real Education Reform”:

    Dr. Kristan Morrison’s “My Vision for a Transformed Education”: “

    Thanks for making such a big splash.

    Posted by Melia Dicker | November 23, 2010, 11:51 am
  78. Thanks for pulling all the links together, Paula! Hope you have a great Thanksgiving break…

    Posted by Chad Ratliff | November 23, 2010, 4:43 pm
  79. A short post – a request, actually: Trust Me

    Posted by Mark Ahlness | November 23, 2010, 5:55 pm
  80. A parent’s point of view, from my blog, Smoking Toward New Jersey:

    “Today I’m getting personal and I’m changing the narrative. I’m talking about what’s worked well for my three public school kids….I’m asking people, before we bring out the wrecking balls and the bulldozers: First, look at what you’re being urged to destroy…”

    Read more:

    Posted by Tamar Wyschogrod | November 23, 2010, 5:58 pm
  81. is my personal blog about education…sometimes (as my children say it is my “edu-rant” forum since they get tired of hearing me at home).

    Posted by Myrdin Thompson | November 23, 2010, 6:55 pm
  82.–“The New Normal” of Arne Duncan & Bill Gates-Thoughts from a former school board member…..My contribution–Better late than never!

    Posted by Anne Geiger | November 23, 2010, 10:42 pm
  83. Ooops a day late.
    Oh well, I’ll add my post today anyways. It’s about reforming thought from performance to mastery, from self to other…
    It’s called, An Awakening of Sorts

    Posted by Marla McLean, Atelierista | November 23, 2010, 10:48 pm
  84. A day late and a few ingredients short, I have just posted to my blog my “Ryan’s Recipe 4 Reform”. It isn’t as specific as some… but certainly was fun to write.

    Thanks for doing all of this Paula!

    Posted by RjWassink | November 24, 2010, 12:32 am
  85. A belated addition focusing on how Michigan state government unfunded mandates violate constitutional law and take funds away from teaching and learning reforms.

    Posted by David Britten | November 24, 2010, 8:22 am
  86. We’ve begun an entire blog dedicated to the future of education: . Thanks for inspiring everyone!

    Posted by Alex Butts | November 24, 2010, 11:55 am
  87. What Postman & Weingartner said about Ed Reform over 40 years ago still applies today. My post simply reviews some of their thoughts from Teaching as a Subversive Activity.

    Posted by Bill Gx | November 24, 2010, 4:43 pm
  88. Thanks for organizing this wonderful list of my holiday reading!
    Please include my two cents:

    Posted by Penny Christensen | November 24, 2010, 11:52 pm
  89. (Sorry, just came across your Facebook page!!)

    Can Educational Policy Makers Stop the Evolution of Communication?

    -thoughts on the transformation in education that needs to take place regarding social networking tools, communication, educators, and students… specifically discussing Facebook and the misconception that the ‘tool’ is the problem.

    Posted by Teresa Alesch | November 30, 2010, 6:33 pm
  90. This is a blog entry from last Spring on my blog. I think the blogging for educational reform is a great idea and I wish I would have heard about it earlier. I hope my coontribution adds to the conversation.

    Posted by Tom Butler | December 7, 2010, 8:05 pm


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