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The Answer Sheet: August 22, 2010 - August 28, 2010

Dear President Obama...Sincerely, Parents Across America

Here's a letter that parent activists from around the country are sending to President Obama about his education policies.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 27, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Parents  | Tags:  obama and parents, obama and school reform, parents, parents across america, parents and school reform, parents and schools, president obama, race to the top  
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Getting real about social, emotional learning

Since we know that socialization is key to student growth and achievement, why don't we do a better job of integrating social and emotional learning into school programs, standards, evaluations and assessments?

By Valerie Strauss  | August 26, 2010; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  ascd, bullying and schools, bullying summit, sean slade, social and emotional learning  
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Why the National Writing Project should be saved

If Arne Duncan supports classroom teachers as he says he does, then why, a highly certified teacher asks, does he want to stop funding the National Writing Project, the best professional development program this teacher has experienced in nearly 30 years of teaching?

By Valerie Strauss  | August 26, 2010; 6:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Education Secretary Duncan, Guest Bloggers, Teachers, Writing  | Tags:  arne duncan, national board certified teachers, national writing project, professional development and teachers  
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'Impossible' working conditions for teachers

Will Fitzhugh writes about a recent trip to Florida, where he did a workshop with teachers on student research papers -- and then realized that the teachers can't use what they learned in the classroom.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Teachers  | Tags:  class loads and teachers, class size, florida teachers, history papers, research papers, right to work state, teachers  
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How ed reformers push the wrong theory of learning -- Brady

A veteran educator and curriculum expert explains why today's education reformers are operating under the wrong theory of learning.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 24, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Curriculum, Education Secretary Duncan, Guest Bloggers, Marion Brady, Teachers  | Tags:  joel klein and schools, marion brady, michael bloomberg and schools, new progressives, school curriculum, school reformers  
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The most expensive public school in America

The Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools will open next month in Los Angeles as the most expensive public school in the nation's history, according to a Sunday report from the Associated Press

By Mike McPhate  | August 23, 2010; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
 
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Willingham: 3 key factors in teacher evaluation (beyond the hype of value-added)

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham looks beyond the hype of "value added" models for teacher evaluation and pinpoints three key factors that should be considered.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 23, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  daniel willingham, factors in teacher evaluation, how to evaluate teachers, no child left behind, teacher evaluation, teacher evaluation systems, teachers and value added, value added systems  
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How to give classrooms a mission

As school begins, it seems appropriate to discuss how to improve schools and classroom instruction. Teacher Larry Ferlazzo does so by focusing on the cultural orientation of schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | August 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo, Teachers  | Tags:  classroom culture, larry ferlazzo, school and parent engagement, school culture, teaching techniques  
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