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Steve Peha Offers An Alternate History on the Reading Crisis

Tuesday, Jul, 27 at 9:22 am,

7.27.10 – As the founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, Steve Peha has spent much of the past 15 years working on developing professional development regimens that help teachers improve their own academic instruction. But the former tech manager — who once scored the theme for the 3.1 version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system

Teacher Professional Development Needs Overhaul

Tuesday, Jul, 20 at 11:14 pm,

7.21.10 – According to a recent study conducted by Dr. Jonah Rockoff from the Columbia School of Business, “Somewhat surprisingly, shorter (teacher) absences have far more detrimental effects on a per-day basis than longer absences: 10 single-day absences spread out over a year will be significantly worse for student achievement than a single two-week medical leave.” Clearly, something needs to be done to address this issue.

Great leaders keep the focus on student learning

Thursday, Jul, 15 at 4:21 pm,

7.16.10 – Public education is crying out for leaders. This may seem strange when there is no shortage of people in leadership positions. They have attained degrees, certification, experience, and titles that qualify them to direct and supervise other educators. But not all people in leadership positions are leaders.

Improving productivity could deliver ‘new money’ for public schools

Tuesday, Jul, 13 at 6:01 pm,

Seattle, WA, July 13, 2010 – Given the bleak outlook for financing public education, schools face a grim future of struggles amid static—or worse—declining resources.How then might states and school districts find “new money” in the context of a sluggish economy with depressed revenues and built-in cost escalators? The answer, say two University of Washington researchers, lies in productivity gains.

Education Reforms Will Miss the 'Top' Without Broader Consensus

Thursday, Jul, 08 at 12:12 am,

Reflecting on Last Week's Confrontation Between the Obama Administration and Congress. In order to better help our students, like those in the Nebraska middle school pictured here, progressives need to build a solid coalition in support of both financing and reform of our schools.

The U.S. Economy Needs Fewer Public School Jobs, Not More

Thursday, Jun, 24 at 9:50 pm,

6.25.10 – Andrew J. Coulson – Teachers unions, the Obama administration, and most Democrats in Congress want to spend another $23 billion that we don’t have to shore up public school employment. If we don’t go along, they tell us, it’ll be a “catastrophe” for American education. With fewer teachers our kids will supposedly learn less, further crippling our already wounded economy.

Zooming in on the Common Standard for Reading in Kindergarten

Wednesday, Jun, 16 at 10:22 am,

6.16.10 – The Common Standards are not mandated by the federal government – this was pointedly a state-led effort — but the Obama administration has made clear that it sees common standards as critical to its reform effort. The U.S. Department of Education has already tied federal money to states’ embrace of common standards.

Ready for All Destinations

Wednesday, Jun, 09 at 5:35 pm,

6.10.10 – Postsecondary preparedness for students regardless of their choice of college or career demands a system focus. The intensifying attention to college and career readiness of late poses many challenges for public education, but it also presents opportunities for innovative changes in the quality and type of education provided to students.

What Difference Does Winning ‘The Lottery’ At A High Performing Charter School Make?

Wednesday, Jun, 09 at 10:58 am,

New York – June 9, 2010 – According to a new study by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, students attending the Harlem Success Academy Charter School (HSA) in New York City dramatically outperform similar students who apply but are not accepted via random lottery. The study, by researchers Jonathan Supovitz and Sam Rikoon, also found that students who enrolled in the public charter school outperformed similar students in comparable public schools in the neighborhood by an even wider margin.

Deafblind college students report need for experiences and academic supports

Tuesday, Jun, 08 at 1:57 pm,

6.9.10 – AER Journal—Attending college is not only about academics, but also about new experiences and gaining self-reliance. When students are deafblind, they may face additional complications. For a successful college experience, both students with disabilities and their instructors must make more adjustments.


Wednesday, Jun, 02 at 11:01 pm,

6.3.10 – Since the 1960s, policymakers have used targeted school choice policies to increase integration in public schools. For example, magnet schools – by providing specific programs, following a type of pedagogy, or specializing in a subject area

School Suicide Lethality Assessment

Tuesday, May, 25 at 9:25 am,

5.25.10 – The Surgeon General reports that a youth commits suicide every two hours in the United States and that the average rate of adolescent suicide is higher than the overall suicide rate (Watkins, 2004).

Book Argues 'Obama Zombies' Will Destroy America

Thursday, May, 20 at 12:24 am,

5.20.10 – It appears I must have missed the portions of President Barack Obama's inaugural speech where he announced he would emancipate the workers from their ruthless capitalist overlords.

ELL Report Asks a Question It Can't Answer

Wednesday, May, 19 at 10:36 am,

5.19.10 – A recent Center on Education Policy (CEP) report asks, Has Progress Been Made in Raising Achievement for English Language Learners? and finds that states have generally made progress in increasing the achievement of English Language Learners (ELLs) under No Child Left Behind.

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