Knowing Is The Battle

Federal Register: Purpose of Program: The American History and Civics Academies Program supports the establishment of: (1) Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history and civics. . . (2) Congressional Academies for Students of American History […]

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All Data No Due Diligence

The Federal Register: Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; Experimental Sites Data Collection Instrument Abstract: The U.S. Department of Education Secretary selects institutions for voluntary participation in the Experimental Sites Initiative. Institutions volunteer to become an experimental site to provide recommendations on the impact and effectiveness of proposed regulations or new management initiatives. Participants are […]

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The Taming Of The Elephants

9 Elephants in the (Class)Room That Should “Unsettle” Us By Will Richardson 1. We know that most of our students will forget most of the content that they “learn” in school. 2. We know that most of our students are bored and disengaged in school. 3. We know that deep, lasting learning requires conditions that […]

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Diversity Training?

Diversity: The quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc. Training: The action of teaching a person or animal a particular skill or type of behavior. Recently the Rochester City School District spent $49,000 on diversity training for its staff. Justin Murphy of the D&C writes, “Nearly every adult with serious sway […]

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The Summer Buzz

Once again we are faced with summer vacation. All the research shows that children lose learning when faced with six weeks of no learning during the summer. In her GS4A blog Emily Wemmer writes, “. . . educator Zaretta Hammond in Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain (2015) would argue, low-income children are less likely […]

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The Process Is Not The Problem

The Rochester City School District is looking for a new superintendent. Dr. William Cala has categorically refused the position and should no longer be expected to “save” our district. RCSD School Board President Van White has stated that the current process being implemented to secure the next superintendent is not a transparent process where the […]

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We Are Catching On

NYS Allies for Public Education has published this action alert, “Time to refuse all field tests: We are calling on parents to contact their district TODAY and request that their school districts RETURN the 2016 grade 3-8 stand-alone field tests to the NYS Education Department (NYSED) and at a minimum, parents should complete and submit […]

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