Archive of 2012 August

A Good Read for the Start of the 2012 School Year

on August 29th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

As students enter their school buildings this August, it is timely to think about what the start of the school year was like fifty-five years ago when Elizabeth Eckford and eight other students who were the first black students to enroll in Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.  I…

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Back to School

on August 21st, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Mandi: Today I saw another one of the big differences between a Kindergartener and a 2nd Grader: the Kindergartener kisses Mom profusely, yells bye, and gives Mom and Dad a high five; the 2nd Grader blushes profusely when Mom tries for a kiss, waves bye shyly, and rolls his eyes…

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Student Learning Objectives and Educator Evaluation

on August 16th, 2012 in Educator Effectiveness by | No Comments

SCEE hosted a special follow-up webinar showcasing a framework of key decision points and offering a set of questions states should address in designing evaluation systems that reflect measures of growth for all teachers. The pre-reading for this webinar was an updated paper, “Considerations for Analyzing Educators’ Contributions to Student…

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Olympic chatter chastising a champion

on August 8th, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

I have easily watched more television since the Olympics began on July 27 than I have since July of last year. It is so easy to just keep watching event after event. The command athletes have over their sports, their bodies, and their minds is evident and addictive to watch…

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Keeping the DREAM Alive

on August 3rd, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

A new online higher education program has given renewed hope to students of undocumented status (or, “DREAMers” as they are affectionately known). On July 30, applications became available to the public for students interested in attending National Dream University, a collective formed by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and…

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Caine’s Arcade

on August 2nd, 2012 in Blog by | No Comments

Watching a popular video clip on YouTube typically causes me to laugh at a clever bit of irony or to groan at some ridiculous slapstick. More often than not, clips involve cute babies, funny pets, or somebody falling down and being embarrassed – far from intellectually challenging. I recently watched…

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