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Is @TeachForAmerica Cloaking Inequity?: Discussing the Headwind

After several decades, Teach For America, a program that sends inexperienced teachers (typically only 5 weeks of summer training) before they are shipped off to teach on a (primarily) temporary basis in America’s toughest schools, is facing some headwind. Alumni are increasingly speaking out against the organization, many of whom who joined Teach For America […]

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Responding to Teachers’ Questions: A Social Media Recipe for Educators?

Is there a recipe for social media? What are the secrets? Should I blog? I was recently asked to respond to a series of questions submitted by a group of teachers. I recorded my responses to them on YouTube. See the questions and responses below. How (and why) did you develop an interest in social media? […]

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Charters and $$$$: Has anyone seen anything like this?

Has anyone seen anything like this? Charter requiring parents to pay $$$$ in lieu of required volunteer hours. In the words of Jerry McGuire: Show me the money! Apparently the California Charter School Association hasn’t heard of such a thing happening in practice or charter school policy, even though Public Advocates delivered the evidence to […]

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Winner, Winner Turkey Dinner: Secretary @ArneDuncan Wins Award!

Congratulations and condolences to Arne Duncan for winning the 2014 Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award! Will he come by to accept the award? :) The blog Cloaking Inequity seeks to illuminate popular and dominant ideologies that purport to foment equality and close the achievement gap. Often well-intentioned citizens support educational policy that claim to […]

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Please Vote!: 3rd Annual Educational Policy Turkey of the Year Award #Thanksgiving

Please vote!! Cloaking Inequity seeks to illuminate popular and dominant ideologies that purport to foment equality and close the achievement gap. Often well-intentioned citizens support educational policy that claim to create a more inclusive and better quality education system— unbeknownst (or beknownst) to them— these policies magnify and hide inequality by utilizing an elegant, yet […]

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Local Accountability is HAPPENING: New, Peer-Reviewed, and LIVE in D.C.!

What’s happening now!? Join us LIVE in DC this weekend to discuss community-based reform as an alternative to the top-down, Texas-style reform that we have utilized across the country for the past decade! I have noticed that some blogs have post titles that don’t make much sense at first glance— so I am going with […]

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Lily’s Blackboard: Dimming the American Dream with Debt

I was honored to guest blog about my family’s American experience with rapidly increasing college debt for NEA President Lily Eskelsen García at Lily’s Blackboard. The guest post originally appear here. Today I'm sharing my blog with @ProfessorJVH We all need to act! #degreesnotdebt http://t.co/OCUhq6XP0b #edchat #latism — Lily Eskelsen García (@Lily_NEA) November 17, 2014 The […]

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Can we Evaluate #Teachers Without Using High-Stakes #Testing?

Late in the summer I received an email from Larry Ferlazzo, an award-winning English and Social Studies teacher at Luther Burbank High School here in Sacramento, asking if I was interested in contributing to the conversation about the evaluation of teachers for his Edweek Classroom Q&A blog. He asked several other folks across the nation […]

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Breaking News Comic: You can Live at Home with Us

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Is a Billionaire or Millionaire looking to buy your election Nov 4? (Please Vote Ted in Austin)

Is a Billionaire or Millionaire looking to buy your election? In a sudden burst of altruism, billionaires like Michael Bloomberg have donated lots o’ cash to the school board race, via the Minneapolis *Progressive* Education Fund. Now it does seem a little odd for little old Minneapolis to be getting so much attention from very […]

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Teachers Matter: The Letter Defending Educators @Time Wouldn’t Print #TIMEapologize #TIMEfail

To: Nancy Gibbs, Time Editor From: Thomas L. Good, Professor Emeritus College of Education University of Arizona 1936 E Fifth Street Tucson, AZ  85719 520-884-4298 TEACHERS MATTER The November 3 issue of Time magazine includes a sensational cover, an editorial statement and a feature story that systematically question the value of American teachers who often […]

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The Nation Storified: This Is What Happens When You Criticize @TeachForAmerica

The Nation released a brilliant piece exposing how Teach For America spends millions to silence critiques of the organization by its alums and others. Below I have included selected Twitter quotes and photos from excellent investigative report by George Joseph on Storify. Twitter blasts usually get lost in the annals of Twitter history— so I turn […]

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Civil Rights Organizations to @BarackObama: NCLB has “Narrow Measures” and Discouraged “Rich Curriculum”

Can you read Arne Duncan’s lips?… Yesterday a letter was released by Civil Rights organizations calling for President Barack Obama and Secretary Duncan to improve public education accountability systems to address educational equity. Wait a minute… I thought high-stakes testing and accountability was about Civil Rights (at least that is what President Bush and Secretary Paige […]

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EdWeek Series Beyond Rhetoric: Should Teachers Unions Reform?

I was recently accused by a “school choice” cheerleader website of being owned/influenced/bought by teacher unions (no link here on purpose). Honestly, I meant to reply to them much earlier (as noted in the post Help!, Vote for Post: Who Should be Responded to First!?). I mentioned that a “school choice” cheerleader website had accused me of being a […]

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EdWeek Series Beyond Rhetoric: Voucher supporters roll the eyes

My mom likes to tell a story about a parent-teacher conference that she had with my 5th grade teacher Mr. Studley. During this conference the teacher mentioned that I had asked a question during class. Mr. Studley responded that he wasn’t sure of what the answer to my question was. I responded to him, “That’s okay […]

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Dewey, Testing Companies, and the Origin of the Common Core

The purported benefit of the Common Core State Standards over previous sets of standards is the development of critical thinking skills across all subjects, seen as a key lever for increasing American students’ international competitiveness and ameliorating the country’s lethargic economy and persistently high unemployment rates. This perception is clear in statements made by U.S. […]

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Linda Darling-Hammond Storified: Enough is Known for Action!

Today in DC, Linda Darling-Hammond discussed what is known about school reform for a group of teachers convened by the NEA Foundation. She argued research, best practice, and leadership is converging perhaps as never before on a set of policy and practice levers to ensure that equity and excellence can be achieved systemically. Teachers and […]

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EdWeek Series Beyond Rhetoric: @TeachForAmerica You are my Obsession

You can’t even escape @TeachForAmerica marketing at the airport. I was traveling back from the University of Michigan football game this past weekend, and the photo above is of the security bin that welcomed me at the Detroit airport courtesy of @Zappos. Mark @Zappos down as another company that I will need to personally boycott. […]

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