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Teachers Launch Odyssey Initiative

Teachers Launch Odyssey Initiative | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it

To approach such a serious challenge, they began to wonder how they might learn more about what makes various schools effective and successful. Rather than rush headlong into the work of opening a school, they’ve raised money to travel around the entire country this year to visit a variety of schools to see what they can learn, what they can share, and what they can apply to their own efforts in New York City.

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Brown signs bill moving API away from standardized tests | EdSource Today

Brown signs bill moving API away from standardized tests | EdSource Today | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it

Senate Bill 1458, which will shift California’s chief measure of a high school’s performance, from a near exclusive reliance on state test scores to a broader gauge of student accomplishment and preparation for college and the world of work, is now law.

After Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Wednesday, its sponsor, Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, predicted in a press release that the bill “will prove to be one of the most significant education reform bills of the decade.”

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Are Kids Really Motivated by Technology? (Bill Ferriter)

Bill Ferriter (@plugusin) is a full-time elementary school teacher. He is also a Solution Tree author and presenter,a frequent blogger and a senior fellow in the Teacher Leaders Network. His commen...
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Don't Forget South Central: You Talkin' to Me?

Don't Forget South Central: You Talkin' to Me? | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it

I don’t recall them being around while poverty was kicking my ass, growing up in a community lacking in resources, safety, and investments. I don’t recall them shouting “stop!” when school budgets kept getting slashed and slashed and slashed. I don’t recall them giving me grants or scholarships when I worked three jobs to finish paying my way through college at UCLA (Remember that other recession in the 90’s? Yeah, it almost did me in.)

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At the Core of the Chicago Strike, Mistrust | transformED

At the Core of the Chicago Strike, Mistrust | transformED | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it

The big news during the start of the 2012-13 school year has been the Chicago teachers’ strike. By now, we're familiar with the key players—and how they're portrayed: The district officials, led by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the “famously foul-mouthed mayor,” are pressing for a longer school day. Then there's the union, run by the “pushy, witty, unwavering” Karen Lewis, calling for better salary, benefits, and working conditions.

The media and the think tank analysts love a kerfuffle of this brand, often portraying district officials as doing what is best for children, while the union works for its own self-interest. Granted, on the surface, this does seem to be the case—with the average teacher in Chicago earning more than $70,000 a year.

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Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down?

Can you turn around a struggling school without tearing it down? | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it

School districts are often encouraged to make sweeping changes in order to lift up low-achieving schools. Shutting a school down and overhauling it or replacing most of the staff are among the solutions favored by federal officials these days. But one struggling school in Tacoma is taking an opposite approach: they’re doubling down on the teachers they already have.

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Themes in the News: The Short Run. The Long Run. And the Run Around.

Budget cuts have claimed $809 million from the California Community Colleges, and the campuses have responded by reducing courses, staff and support services, like counselors. A survey of 78 of the 112 community colleges conducted by the chancellor's office this month tracked an enrollment decline of almost half a million students since 2008. "We've lost more students than are enrolled at all California State University campuses combined," said Chancellor Jack Scott.

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tweenteacher.com » Middle School Classroom Management Tip: Collaboration and Fluid Grouping Trick

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Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: What is the Purpose of K-12 Education?

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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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The ELA Common Core: A grand opportunity for grand misconceptions

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Adoption of the Common Core State Standards Initiative opens the door for ideas, not necessarily because of the content of standards -- the Brown Center on...
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Bill to create statewide teacher evaluation system clears key hurdle

Bill to create statewide teacher evaluation system clears key hurdle | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
A key Senate committee approved a bill Thursday aimed at enhancing teacher evaluations that would effectively eliminate state requirements to use student standardized test scores to measure an instructor's effectiveness.
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Calif. court overturns LAUSD\'s \'last hired, first fired\' exemption

Calif. court overturns LAUSD\'s \'last hired, first fired\' exemption | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
A major class-action settlement that gives LAUSD teachers layoff protection at several dozen schools in high-poverty areas, has been invalidated by the California 2nd District Court of Appeal.
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The Tempered Radical: Compensation

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So what exactly do "loss aversion" merit pay programs look like in action?

Essentially, participating teachers are given a bonus at the BEGINNING of a school year -- in Fryer and Levitt's study, $4,000 -- and then told that they'll have to GIVE BACK monies if their students don't meet and/or exceed expectations on standardized tests given at the end of the school year.

Now THAT is nothing short of pure #edubrilliance, isn't it?

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A missed opportunity to reform teacher evaluations | EdSource Today

A missed opportunity to reform teacher evaluations | EdSource Today | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
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A Glimpse of EdTour 2012

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The U.S. Education Department has wrapped up its 2012 tour, conducted under the banner “Education Drives America.”  You can read about some of the events and interactions at the officia...
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Four Ways for Teachers to 'Engage'

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I think we're witnessing a collision of factors narrowing the storyline of American public education and educators. Economics, politics, and the media all have helped propel us toward what novelist Chimamanda Adichie calls "the danger of the single story." If American public schools and students are failing, as we hear repeatedly and without qualification, then America's teachers must be incompetent—even though we still approve of our local schools and teachers.

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After AB5: Trust, Consensus, Mutual Responsibility

After AB5: Trust, Consensus, Mutual Responsibility | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it

Teacher evaluation improvements would be welcome by all stakeholders, but disagreements about the nature of the reform have become the unfortunate centerpiece of the discussion, pushing aside the areas of likely consensus. If the debate could be grounded in evidence, research on best practices, and areas of agreement, California could pass a bill that would actually be useful to educators and address the accountability concerns of the broader community.

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Op-ed: Good teachers are made, not born

Op-ed: Good teachers are made, not born | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
Supporting teachers in the tough job of continuously learning the craft of teaching improves public education, writes guest columnist Jonathan Knapp.
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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

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A blue-ribbon state panel on improving teacher quality in California calls for more rigorous monitoring of preparation programs and more aggressive enforcement of state standards, sources familiar with the report said Thursday.

Strengthening and streamlining the educator accreditation system is one of many recommendations contained in a much-anticipated report from the Task Force on Educator Excellence – a panel convened by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and led by Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University and Chris Steinhauser, superintendent of Long Beach Unified School District.

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Who Can Teach Leadership?

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We learn to lead through the experience of leading — and following. Even if "leader" has never been your job title, you have surely led, at work and outside of it.  So can it be taught if you don't have experience leading?


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, ratzelster
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The Secret to Making It a Great School Year

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If I could, I'd lay money on the claim I'm about to make: If you do the one little thing I'm about to suggest, you will have a great school year.
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Stories from School: Practice meets Policy: Lesson Study in America

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By Tom White. As I understand it, the primary form of professional development in Japan is something called Lesson Study; a model in which a team of teachers collaborates on the planning and delivery of a lesson.

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1st Day of School: Inspire, Support, & Beat the Boredom

1st Day of School: Inspire, Support, & Beat the Boredom | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it
The first day of school can be both exciting and tedious for students and teachers alike. Most students are inundated with syllabi and rules (most of which they will forget almost immediately). While teachers are juggling the task of welcoming a new crop of students, communicating class expectations, and dealing with administrative details.

There are strategies for managing all of the details, while simultaneously inspiring and supporting students. Combining the right tech tools with some planning can make all of the difference on the first day of school.

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Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Is this pimping, or pandering? You decide…

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Is this pimping, or pandering? You decide… | Accomplished California Teachers Education News | Scoop.it

There has been an outbreak of “concern” about the safety of ”children” from adult predators, and those who “turn a blind eye” to such goings on. This comes naturally on the heels of the Penn State atrocities, and those at Miramonte Elementary, but I think there is more at work and this is part of a campaign to undermine teacher dismissal rights and due process.

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Responding to the Gates Foundation: How Do We Consider Evidence of Learning in Teacher Evaluations?

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This handwringing is hard to take seriously, because, as I wrote about two years ago, there has indeed been a war on the teaching profession, and the Gates Foundation continues to arm one side very heavily.
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