A Thought on the Narrative Versus the Statistics

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Over the last week, I’ve released general control over the content of my blog to 5 awesome people within my circle of friends, some of whom I talk on a regular basis. I gained inspiration for said release from the TEDxNYED event, a series of idea-exchanges that keep inspiring me to change my way about having conversations. The idea to have this series of bloggers came from Chris Abani and …

RIP Jaime Escalante

Voices of Concerned Educators: Who Will Take A Stand? [Monise Seward]

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A few weeks ago @billcelis, one of my Twitter friends (still trying to adjust to ‘follower’) posted an article about notable educator Jaime Escalante, the main character in ‘Stand and Deliver.’ I am sure that every educator has seen the movie at least once; I think my count is closer to ten. Anyway, here is a link to the article. Mr. Escalante is very ill; he has been battling cancer …

twilight zone

Voices of Concerned Educators: The Twilight Zone and How Affluence Perpetuates the Achievement Gap [C. Marquez]

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“You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the sign post up ahead, your next stop…The Twilight Zone!” ~Rod Serling As an elementary school administrator, I currently work in the Twilight Zone. This environment is completely foreign to me. Before my recent promotion, I couldn’t imagine any public school …

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Voices of Concerned Educators: Steal [Marcy Webb]

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“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” – Ryunosuke Satoro Why is it that in teaching, ideas have to be stolen? In April of 2009, a colleague observed one of my “Twosies” (Spanish Two) classes. She observed the first 45 minutes of an 85 minute block. During the time she observed, I performed a game with the students called, “Pass the Envelope”. Like many of the activities …


Voices Of Concerned Educators: Bridging The Gap [Jovan Miles]

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Public education is a bureaucrat’s wet dream.  Our school and district level leaders rarely, if ever, create policy or drive education reform. They simply carry out the will and mandates of government officials, politicians, and the loud minority who, in most cases, have never set foot in a classroom as anything other than students. Pushing paper and attending meetings has supplanted teaching as the focus of our educational system. Too …