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An Open Letter From The Trenches [To Education Activists, Friends, and Haters]

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To my fellow education activists: I’ve come across a few pieces that concern me and others in the last few months, and we got some shit to talk about. On normal days, I wake up at 5:30am hellbent on kicking butt at work, metaphorically of course. The stirring in my belly long after my butter toast and coffee is the …

My Exclusive Interview with The Amazing Robert J. Marzano [Edutopia]

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Last week, I got an exclusive interview with Robert J. Marzano, Ph.D on his latest book, The Art and Science of the Art of Science of Teaching, Leading, and Instructurizing. Here’s an excerpt: The Art and Science of the Art and Science of Teaching, Leading, and Instructurizing: How Everyone with a Thought About Education Can Affect Students Even a Little …

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Is Education The Same As Schooling?

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In the first piece of my two-part series on Bill Gates’ interview on teacher evaluation, I found myself perplexed by this college dropout, one of many, keeping with the same old adage that kids take tests all the time and that’s just a part of getting an education, so just deal with it. Of course, it led to many questions: …

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Short Notes: What Is The Political Future for Teachers?

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A few notes: How are the Common Core math standards helping or hurting our most disadvantaged students? Anthony Rebora asks a few teachers … including me. [Education Week] Arthur Wise and Michael Usdan take a look at the landscape of teaching and politics from a bird’s eye view. [Education Week] And this article says that we can start sentences with …

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John Legend and the Well-Meaning Corporatists

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Last Wednesday, Huffington Post Education’s Twitter feed tweeted this out: John Legend: out to save schools? http://t.co/2utAZrA0jF — HuffPostEducation (@HuffPostEdu) March 7, 2013 In the pithiest attempt at a response, I said “From what?” After a more thorough read on all the school board races around the country, I noticed a disturbing trend of pundits funding their favorite candidates in …

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Quvenzhané Wallis, Matthew McConaughey, and How We See Our Children of Color

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I have a confession: I’ve never seen Beasts of the Southern Wild. As a relatively new parent, I don’t always have the time or the funds to make it out to the movies very often. But that’s not the purpose for my essay because, when it comes out on Netflix, I know I have to watch. I, along with thousands …

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If You’re Teaching Black History Month This Way, Please Stop

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First, I’d like to acknowledge that, on the chance that you’re actually celebrating Black History Month, congrats. You haven’t let the Common Core madness deter you from celebrating culture, whether it’s your own or someone else’s.  The decorations will spring up. Common faces like Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Benjamin Banneker, and Will Smith will border the walls of …

Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal When It Comes To Race [Edutopia]

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An excerpt from my widely-distributed Edutopia article on race: 1. Discomfort is the Starting Point, Not the End Goal Discussions about big ideas like race, religion and politics necessitate some discomfort. By discomfort, I mean that people who participate in the discussion have a degree of soul-searching and reassessment about their own perceptions and biases. For instance, does one person …