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ASCD Conference Highlights: Day 2

ASCD Conference Highlights: Day 2 | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
My second day at the ASCD Conference in Chicago brought another good variety of interactions and learning opportunities. (Read about Day 1 highlights here). I started the day at the ASCD Forum, whi...
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ASCD Conference features interactive leadership Forum, Maya Angelou keynote, and Common Core conversations.

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Take This Into Consideration For Teacher Leadership

Take This Into Consideration For Teacher Leadership | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
Hey John, Thank you for your latest post, and starting us on the conversation about The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Challenges for Student Leadership. One of the other major findings we...
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Super-blogger Jose Vilson offers some good reflections and insights about what it really means to be a teacher leader and how that might fit into a school program.

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What does the New York City Charter School Study from CREDO really tell us?

What does the New York City Charter School Study from CREDO really tell us? | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
With the usual fanfare, we were all blessed last week with yet another study seeking to inform us all that charteryness in-and-of-itself is preferential over traditional public schooling - especial...
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Seems like every time there's a study showing that charter schools are doing better than public schools, a little scrutiny shows that they're not teaching comparable groups of students. In this case it turns out they also have more money with which to do it. Bruce Baker of Rutgers University breaks down the numbers in the latest study from NYC.

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Teacher Leadership As A School Improvement Strategy

Teacher Leadership As A School Improvement Strategy | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
California teacher David B. Cohen discusses a plan for evaluating and compensating teachers, one in which teacher leadership plays the pivotal role.
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ACT associate director David B. Cohen contributed this guest post to the Shanker Blog, discussing advancements in teacher leadership in California and elsewhere in the U.S.

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Teacher leadership: How about some autonomy? | VIVA Teachers

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There are more than 50 groups of teachers across the United States with collective authority to make decisions influencing the success of their entire schools. Some of the schools they serve are district schools, and others are chartered schools. Some work as members of the union local, and others do not. The schools are in urban, rural and suburban settings, and serve students from preschool through age 21.

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On the Shoulders of Giants: We Should Have More Arguments About Teaching Practice

On the Shoulders of Giants: We Should Have More Arguments About Teaching Practice | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
When it comes to conversations about teaching practice, I feel like I have known two different types of schools. I will simplify them here, making them polar opposites, to make a point: Model 1: Best practices are dictated to teachers...
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Great blog post by Ariel Sacks.  She suggests there are two extremes when it comes to control over teaching practices.  On one side, we have districts or schools dictating almost everything to teachers - scripts and pacing guides, texts and assessments.  On the other end of the spectrum, every teacher operates in a silo and has complete freedom of choice.  The sweet spot is certainly somewhere in the middle - but to find that balance, we have to be willing to argue.  Engage in a vigorous debate, advance a viewpoint and support it.  Are we willing to air our disagreements with our professional peers?  Are we open to persuasion and change?

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School Accountability in California: The Local Perspective

California is poised to change the way it measures student achievement in K--12 public schools. Paul Warren, research associate at the Public Policy Institut...
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West vs Asia education rankings are misleading - opinion - 07 January 2013 - New Scientist

West vs Asia education rankings are misleading - opinion - 07 January 2013 - New Scientist | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
Western schoolchildren are routinely outperformed by their Asian peers, but worrying about it is pointless, says MacGregor Campbell
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Anthony Cody pointed this article out.  It provides a good cautionary view about leaping to conclusions about international test scores comparisons and what they mean for the economy.

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Hopes for the New Year: Begone Ghosts of Reform Past!

Hopes for the New Year: Begone Ghosts of Reform Past! | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning.
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Let us hope this new year will allow us to exorcize the ghosts of worthless reforms like VAM-based teacher evaluations. Let us hope we have an honest debate over the need for schools that serve all our students well, rather than lifeboats for the lucky or virtuous. Let us hope for journalists willing to dig and risk censure by the powerful. And let us act to support our fellow teachers taking a stand in Washington, and let us get ourselves organized to push back, from the grassroots, against all the top-down, billionaire-backed reform that threatens our schools.

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Calif. aims to test students' critical thinking

LOS ANGELES—Californias students may be filling in fewer bubbles on multiple choice standardized tests in the future and writing longer answers instead.
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"Multiple choice, fill-in-the-bubble tests alone simply cannot do the job anymore, and it's time for California to move forward with assessments that measure the real-world skills our students need to be ready for a career and for college," Torlakson said.

Instead of multiple choice bubbles, the new tests will emphasize critical thinking and problem-solving skills and require deeper, more extended responses, he said. The new exams will be largely administered and scored by computer, but some will require scoring by hand.

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National-Board Certifications Hit 100K Mark

National-Board Certifications Hit 100K Mark | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
Education Week Teacher's take on the latest news, ideas, and resources for teacher leaders.
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There are now over 100,000 National Board Certified Teachers in the U.S.  That milestone is worth noting, but California and the nation should be aiming much higher.  We have a long way to go.

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State Educators Criticize 'No Child Left Behind' | KQED

State Educators Criticize 'No Child Left Behind' | KQED | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
33 states and the District of Columbia have won waivers from the No Child Left Behind Law, and a clutch of other states have applications for waivers pending.
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CA Report: Fed. officials deny CA application for NCLB waiver. What does this mean for the state?

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A teacher’s advice to the Legislature in 2013 | EdSource Today

A teacher’s advice to the Legislature in 2013 | EdSource Today | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
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Looking ahead to the next legislative session, it appears likely we’ll have a replay of some of the education policy debates of 2012. Here are my recommendations for how the Legislature might avoid pitfalls and advance positive changes in education policy next year.

 

First, do no harm. In the name of accountability, some legislators will be tempted to make laws that increase pressure on schools and teachers. We all want better results from the public school system, but “get-tough” measures dropped on an already overstressed system and workforce won’t get us there. Over a period of years when communities, families and students have experienced greater need for support, we’ve dramatically decreased the capacity of schools to serve these needs. This is not the time to rally around an adversarial approach to school improvement or teaching quality.

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A. Phillip Randolph and Who Really Controls Teacher Voice

A. Phillip Randolph and Who Really Controls Teacher Voice | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
This week, I had the distinct please of listening to Norman Hill speak as part of a panel of activists and organizers that worked on and around the Civil Rights Movement, specifically with Bayard R...
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Jose Vilson writes:

"Why seek validation from the assortment of “education experts” like mayors, chancellors, politicians, millionaires, billionaires, presidents, random people off the street, corporate CEOs, actors, musicians, artists, and the occasional athlete? Or anyone else with an opinion on education?

 

"Professors and union leaders sometimes fit in this category, too, because they should know better than to talk down to K-12 practitioners, but some do, and forget to invite teachers to their events and panels even when they say they’re advocating on behalf of us.

 

"We don’t always want 'on behalf of.' We want to do a lot of this ourselves."

 

- See more at: http://thejosevilson.com/2013/02/28/a-phillip-randolph-and-who-really-controls-teacher-voice/#sthash.UcMy6HH8.dpuf

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Will Teachers Take Control of Their Profession?

Will Teachers Take Control of Their Profession? | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
This is one of the most positive and optimistic posts I have read in a long time. David Cohen, an NBCT teacher in Palo Alto, California, describes models where teacher leadership has worked and is ...
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ACT associate director David B. Cohen wrote a recent guest post on The Shanker Blog. Diane Ravitch calls it "one of the most positive and optimistic posts I have read in a long time."

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Credentialing commission head says California teachers lead way in stress levels | EdSource Today

Credentialing commission head says California teachers lead way in stress levels | EdSource Today | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
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Against the backdrop of a national survey showing half of teachers experiencing “great stress” on the job, the head of California’s teacher credentialing commission says that stress levels among the state’s teachers are likely to be even higher.

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Shame on districts seeking to perpetuate funding advantages | EdSource Today

Shame on districts seeking to perpetuate funding advantages | EdSource Today | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
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John Affeldt, the Managing Attorney at Public Advocates, Inc., offers his take on proposed changes in education fuding formulas for California public schools. Interesting exchanges and debate in the comments, too.

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Response: Creating a Culture of Improvement With Peer Assistance & Review (PAR)

Response: Creating a Culture of Improvement With Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
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Larry Ferlazzo shares practitioner wisdom and insights from educators familiar with Peer Assitance and Review programs.

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Teaching Career Pathways: Peer Evaluation

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Note: in November 2012, Accomplished California Teachers (ACT) released the policy report “Promoting Quality Teaching: New Approaches to Compensation and Career Pathways.”  The following post is th...
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Accomplished California Teachers advocates the expansion of teacher roles and responsibilities within educational systems.  These leadership roles already exist in some schools and districts, including a highly regarded peer evaluation system in San Juan Unified School District.  Read more in this profile from our blog, InterACT.

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Common Core: Implications of Collaboration

Common Core: Implications of Collaboration | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
The implementation of the Common Core State Standards is underway, and the imminent transition that will affect most American public schools is sparking a wide variety of reactions among educators ...
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The Common Core State Standards transition is underway, though much to the chagrin of many educators.  What's the best response for those conflicted individuals?  Fight the policy, or participate in the process to make the best of a flawed situation?

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Response: Several Ways to Become Better at Teaching Math

Response: Several Ways to Become Better at Teaching Math | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
An award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, Calif., Larry Ferlazzo is the author of Helping Students Motivate Themselves: Practical Answers To Classroom Challenges, The ESL/ELL Teacher's Survival...
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Larry Ferlazzo turns to guest contributors José Vilson, Shawn Cornally, and Dan Meyer to discuss what helps math teacher improve their practice.

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TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion

TEACHED: Provocation and Distortion | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
A few months ago I wrote about a trio of short films I’d seen, directed by Kelly Amis as part of a project called TEACHED; two of those films in particular led me to include the description &...
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What are the responsibilities of a filmmaker to the audience when it comes to finding a balance between advocacy and accuracy?  Is merely provoking a discussion helpful, or is there a responsibility for the content and quality of the discussion?

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15 O.C. teachers earn national certification

15 O.C. teachers earn national certification | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
News: 15 O.C. teachers earn board certification | teachers, early, certification, adulthood11, young, childhood11, board, adolescence, middle, pass
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Congratulations to some of California's newest National Board Certified Teachers.

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Federal officials reject California’s No Child Left Behind waiver request

Federal officials reject California’s No Child Left Behind waiver request | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
Federal officials deny California's request to be exempted from the most onerous requirements of the federal law.
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U.S. Dept. of Education denies CA waiver application for NCLB requirements. 

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Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable - Education Week Teacher

Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable - Education Week Teacher | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
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It's a question that has bedeviled school systems across the country and become central to education-policy discussions at all levels: Why do so many great teachers leave the profession?

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