Category Archives: Wisdom

Roundup: Literacies for ALL from Columbia, SC #wlu19 @ncte_wlu

Enjoyed giving two keynotes for the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Whole Language Umbrella (WLU) Summer Institute this past week in Columbia, South Carolina! The titles of my keynotes for the preconference workshop and opening session were “Past, Present, and Future: Will US democracy thrive without community-based education?” and “Embracing Diversity: 5 ways to advocate for meaningful inquiry and

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Peter Cunningham Leaves EdPost CEO Position to… Citizen Stewart(?)

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In 2014, billionaire Eli Broad approached former US ed sec Arne Duncan crony and assistant, Peter Cunningham, to create a multi-million-dollar-funded blog, Education Post. New Orleans-based ed reformer, Christ Stewart (known as Citizen Stewart), was a founding member of EdPost; according to EdPost’s 2014, 2015, and 2016 tax forms (note that EdPost’s formal name is Results in…

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Charter Moratorium on Tap: Update on Legislative Effort in California

First, a charter moratorium bill was filed this morning in California SB 756. I knew the spot bill would be a moratorium, but of course I couldn’t say that publicly before it happened. Here is how it reads now. The Charter Schools Act of 1992 authorizes the establishment and operation of charter schools. Existing law generally requires a petition to

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California: Did Tony Thurmond Give the Charter Task Force to the Charter Lobby?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last November, there was a bitter contest for the position of Superintendent of Public Instruction in California. The charter lobby pumped millions of dollars into the campaign of Marshall Tuck, former CEO of Green Dot charter schools. The charters spent twice as much as the California Teachers Association, which backed Tony Thurmond. In…

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TFA Celebrates New Research That Suggests That Corps Members Are Ineffective Teachers

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
Over the years there have been various studies comparing the ‘effectiveness’ of TFA teachers to non-TFA teachers.  Though these studies are based on the results from standardized tests that may or may not be appropriate for this purpose, the results of these papers are still interesting to look at. Many of these studies…

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Looking forward to World Congress in Thailand

Learned this week that I was selected as a delegate for the 2019 Education International 8th World Congress that will take place July 19-26, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. I will represent my scholarly research at forums, workgroups, and caucuses and focus on how educators “play a critical role in ensuring improvement in the status and image of the teaching profession.” I

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