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The Answer Sheet Archive: Larry Ferlazzo

The Michigan Fish Test and school reform

Educator Larry Ferlazzo explains what school reformers could learn from the Michigan Fish Test: a little humility. (What's the Michigan Fish Test? Read on.)

By Valerie Strauss  | March 11, 2011; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo  | Tags:  larry ferlazzo, michelle rhe, michigan fish test, school reform, studentsfirst  
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4 concerns about Michelle Rhee

A veteran teacher lists his four chief concerns with Michelle Rhee and her leadership of D.C. schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 16, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo, Michelle Rhee  | Tags:  d.c. schools, d.c. test scores, larry ferlazzo, michelle rhee, rhee test scores, student achievement  
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Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)

A teacher describes what he says is the right way to videotape teachers to help them improve and explains why he thinks a Gates-funded videotaping project is taking the wrong approach.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 18, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  evaluating teachers, gates foundation, gates funded project, gates project and teachers, how to evaluate teachers, larry ferlazzo, teacher assessment, teachers, teachers and gates foundation, videotaping teaches  
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The 'Parent Trigger' doesn't help schools or parents

The so-called “parent trigger” law in California, which allows a majority of parents (from a school or from their “feeder” schools) to sign a petition that forces a school to be converted into a charter, is not a genuine parent engagement strategy. The recent effort to apply the law for the first time shows why.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 14, 2010; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo, Parents  | Tags:  california schools, california's parent trigger, charter schools, larry ferlazzo, parent revolution, parent trigger, parent trigger law  
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Teachers: What we need to do to fix schools

Fourteen teachers from urban schools around the country worked for a year to study how to improve troubled schools. Here are the results.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 9, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo, School turnarounds/reform, Teachers  | Tags:  larry ferlazzo, quality teachers, school reform, teacher assessment, teacher development, teacher planning, teachers, teachers leadership network, urban schools, urban teachers  
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The importance of being unprincipled

Teacher Larry Ferlazzo writes that sometimes, sticking to our principles isn't the right thing to do, and suggests that we sometimes aim to be "unprincipled."

By Valerie Strauss  | October 31, 2010; 3:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo, Teachers  | Tags:  larry ferlazzo, teachers, waiting for superman  
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Class size DOES matter after all, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
Why paying parents to attend school events is wrong , Valerie Strauss , September 1, 2010
How to give classrooms a mission, Valerie Strauss , August 23, 2010
 
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