Secretary Arne Duncan and comedian Stephen Colbert, both of whose job I would do so much better at, but I'll stick to teaching anyways

How I Might Have Intro’d The Bammy Awards

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There’s been lots of talk about this past Saturday’s Bammy Awards. I’ve written a bunch on diversity at the Bammys and even the executive producer left a comment here after our feisty discussion. However, I’ve kept mute during and after the Bammy Awards, letting others report out. As with any awards show, there were lots of bright spots and dim …

Short Notes: Inspire The Next, Recognize The Present

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A few notes: Relando Thompkins interviews a few of us for his People Who Inspire Me series. Read our dialogue. [Relando Thompkins] Facing History wants you to nominate teachers who’ve inspired you to speak out against injustice. More details here. [GOOD Magazine] NYC Educator demonstrates the value of a New York (presidential) vote. We can be honest, right? [NYC Educator] …

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Short Notes: Teacher Expectations Influence Student Performance [It's True]

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A few notes: When we believe kids can do something, they do better than when we think they can’t. Just a reminder. [NPR] EduShyster cracks me up with this satirical look at the new “crack for billionaires”: education reform. [EduShyster] Josh Eidelson thinks Chicago is just the beginning. I tend to agree. [Salon] The way Chicago won had lots to …

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Short Notes: Another Check and Balance for President Obama

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Short Notes are back! These are some pieces I’ve been reading throughout last week. Enjoy! A few notes: Some notes on President Barack Obama’s first term as president, assuming there’s a second. [TruthOut] Wear Red on Tuesday, for teachers in Chicago. I know I will. [Chicago Teachers Union] Most trolls I know happen to be men, and when men attack …