Archive of 2012 May

The New Jim Crow

on May 25th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Thank you, Deborah Meier, for being able and willing to reveal your own racism! As Meier tells Diane Ravitch in the blog they write to each other and willingly share with the world: I think I have fallen into the trap, too, when pointing out that the white poor face…

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Should Professional Learning be Required?

on May 15th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

I recently observed a conference room full of superintendents sitting in complete silence as they pondered a challenging question, “Should teachers be required to participate in professional learning?” Richard Elmore posed this question, and after what seemed like an uncomfortable amount of wait-time, a superintendent responded in an uncertain voice,…

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Observing Cultural Heritage Months: Not a Simple Decision

on May 15th, 2012 in Blog by | 1 Comment

As a company passionate about imagining and enacting a public school system that overcomes historic and persistent inequities, you might think that celebrating national cultural heritage months is a standard staff activity for us.  It is not. Don’t get me wrong.  The West Wind staff agrees that these observances are…

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

on May 10th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

“Whatever we do to strengthen and elevate the teaching profession, we should bear in mind that reforms that fail to heed the voice of teachers are doomed.” Secretary Duncan West Wind took to Twitter (using the below hashtag) to thank some of the influential teachers in our lives. It was…

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Suggested Practices for Twitter

on May 10th, 2012 in Online Collaboration by | No Comments

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