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World Premier of Short Film: @TeachforAmerica – Passion vs. Preparedness

Today Cloaking Inequity is hosting the world premier of a new short film about Teach For America entitled Teach for America – Passion vs. Preparedness. This film was made by Texas filmmaker Julia Duke. She presents a balanced perspective with two critiques and two supporters. The film begins with a critique of Teach For America. It then integrates […]

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EdMonth Storified: This Is What Happens When You Debate @TeachForAmerica

Deliberation and debate is the way you stir the soul of our democracy. Jesse Jackson Back in the Fall of 2014 Hannah Nguyen approach me about joining a USC Ed Month panel for a debate about Teach For America. (What is Teach For America? See all posts on the organization here.) USC EdMonth is a “month-long program devoted […]

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“We only have books about African Americans in February”: Be an eloquent radical

Yesterday (MLK day 2015) I was on the hunt for children’s book about Martin Luther King. First I went to Target, mostly socially progressive, looking for reading materials. The person in the media section told me “We only have books about African Americans in February.” So I thought I would save myself some time and […]

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Students MUST be heard!!: Policymakers and educators should listen

I spent an evening a few weeks ago with Californians for Justice (CFJ) at a fundraising dinner for the organization. (shout out to Dr. Roxana Marachi for inviting me!) Who are they? Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and […]

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Happy New Year!: 2014 Education Reform in Review (your champagne break)

Wow. 2014 is already gone. Allot happened in education policy in 2014… Are the corporate reformers finally in retreat? There is some optimism out there that the public is finally seeing through their “civil rights” rhetoric and understanding that their true focus is control, profit, and privatization. With your input and support, Cloaking Inequity, our […]

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It’s That Time: 2015 New Year’s Resolutions for Education

I was asked by NPR to send along my predictions for education in 2015. They asked: We are asking a wide variety of education experts  about predictions for 2015. I was wondering if you had 1 or 2 predictions for next year, or outcomes or situations to watch around the country based on your research. […]

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#NativeAmerican Ways of Educating

The United States consists of lands that have been considered home to American Indians for thousands of years. Given this continuous relationship to the land there are orientations within American Indian culture that not only honor nature but that promote a relationship of engagement and harmony with the earth that calls upon one’s observational and […]

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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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