Archive of 2010

Measuring Effectiveness: What Will It Take?

on December 1st, 2010 in Educator Effectiveness by | No Comments

View the Article on ASCD As the dust settles from the flurry of activity surrounding the education stimulus package and the new programs it created—such as Race to the Top, Investing in Innovation, and the School Improvement Grants—a clear message has taken shape: Federal policy now focuses on teacher “effectiveness”…

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Thank you, President Obama

on October 23rd, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

This week, President Obama issued a thoughtful, compassionate, and powerful video message speaking directly to young people experiencing difficulty because of their sexual orientation, or simply because they are different. As one of our staffmembers put it, “It’s a beautiful thing.” More information: Federal resources on anti-bullying GLSEN’s allies, including link…

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National Teaching Standards

on October 1st, 2010 in Educator Effectiveness by | No Comments

Purchase the Full Article School districts and school boards traditionally have had the authority to evaluate their teachers and principals, but new programs coming out of the U.S. Department of Education, including Race to the Top and proposals for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, call for states to…

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Bills Designed to Stop Bullying and Harassment in Schools

on September 27th, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

On August 5, 2010, the Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) was introduced in the Senate by Bob Casey (D-PA). SSIA would amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act—which is part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act—to include bullying and harassment based on a student’s actual or…

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This Labor Day I thank the unions for bringing me the weekend, including this long one

on September 3rd, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

Labor Day has always been, for me, a symbol of one last chance to partake in summer’s delights—a barbeque with friends, a roadtrip before children’s school activities dominate the calendar, one last dip at the city park pool before it’s too cold to enjoy, a small town parade. It’s easy…

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Act 250 Helping Rid Wisconsin of Offensive Native American Mascots and Logos

on August 13th, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

Wisconsin’s new law–Act 250–allows persons to file a complaint against a school board for its “use of race-based nicknames, logos, mascots and team names.”  What is particularly exciting about the new law is that, during the resulting hearing before the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the school board and not…

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LGBTQ Literature: Selected Works on Intersectionality

on August 9th, 2010 in LGBTQ by | No Comments

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Wow, what a week (and a half)!

on August 5th, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

18 States and D.C. Named as Finalists for Race to the Top Senate confirms Elena Kagan’s nomination to Supreme Court 49 applicants win i3 grants (Congrats to our colleagues at Quill Research Associaties!) Court Rejects Same-Sex Marriage Ban in California (we hear that the judge’s opinion is worth the read)…

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Wisconsin Mascot Law Having an Impact

on August 4th, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

The Kewaunee School District in Wisconsin has decided to formally discontinue the use of its Indians team name and logo!  We think this is an extremely important issue for public education today. This decision comes after Wisconsin passed the historic Race Based Nicknames, Mascots, and Logos Law.  Here is some…

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National Rural Education Technology Summit

on July 21st, 2010 in Blog by | No Comments

(Thanks to Fritz Edelstein for the following announcement.) Today, Wednesday, July 21, at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., the Department of Education and the Smithsonian Institution convened experts in education and technology to share effective models and innovative practices for improving teaching and learning in…

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