The Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action is holding a one-day fundraiser. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift today, as part of their day-long May 7th “Money Cascade” to support the March. They’ve set an initial goal of $2500.
I just made a quick $10 donation - will you match me?
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"The march is being held in response to recent destructive 'reform' efforts which have undermined our public educational system, demoralized teachers, and reduced the education of too many of our children to nothing more than test preparation. Something must be done – and it must be done now!
Please join people from all across America as they gather to participate in the Save Our Schools March on Saturday, July 30 in Washington, D.C.
The Save Our Schools March and National Call to Action is calling on Americans everywhere to demand:
Equitable funding for all public school communities.
An end to high stakes testing for student, teacher, and school evaluation.
Curriculum developed for and by local school communities.
Teacher and community leadership in forming public education policies."
I posted this Twitter StreamGraphs visualization that displays a flowing graph of the words most frequently used in the latest 1000 tweets marked with the hashtag #SOTU. (#SOTU is a Twitter code for Tweets about the State of the Union address.) It was a great way to follow the backchannel Twitter chatter during (and just after) [...]
Schools have been turned into factories. But they don’t produce students, they just work there. In truth, schools are factories that harness the labor of students to toil at a bubble-test assembly line producing “achievement” data.
A decade ago, Brockton High School was a case study in failure. Teachers and administrators often voiced the unofficial school motto in hallway chitchat: students have a right to fail if they want. And many of them did — only a quarter of the students passed statewide exams. One in three dropped out. Then Susan Szachowicz and a handful of fellow teachers decided to take action.
American education has been hijacked by policy makers who don’t trust teachers, unions that are over-protective of job security, a private sector eager to privatize, and a standardized testing regime that rewards test prep over genuine learning. In the middle of it all, bored students disconnect from school as they realize that their main function is to be trivialized into a source of data for adults looking for someone to blame. While America educational leadership offers hollow sound bites about life-long learning, Scotland’s Curriculum for Excellence offers us insight into what American kids are missing. This video produced by the Scottish program offer a quick introduction to three project-based approaches.
I am proud of my life-long career in public education - especially the 25 years I spent as a teacher. For over 20 years, I have worked with school districts, state DOEs, leading educational organizations and companies to improve the quality of teaching and learning. I provide training and consulting services across the United States and internationally.
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