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Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

By Lane Wright Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized tests actually help students? The short answer: Standardized tests are a spotlight that helps education leaders see what effect schools are having on students. With that information they can make changes to address students’ needs.… Continue reading Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

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Teacher’s Anti-Military Rant Leads to Firing

By Letitia Chavez-Garcia You may recall that I wrote a piece about the teacher whose rant about the military went viral on social and other media. His name is Gregory Salcido. Mr. Salcido was released from his position as teacher at the El Rancho Unified School District.  A news report from Tuesday confirms that the board… Continue reading Teacher’s Anti-Military Rant Leads to Firing

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The UMBC Victory that is Even More Improbable than a 16 Seed Beating a 1

By Dirk Tillotson Many of us first heard the name University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) for their historic upset of a number one seed in the NCAA tournament, however, there is an even more historic lesson there, with a far greater impact, and one I hope we learn from. Outside of hoops, UMBC is… Continue reading The UMBC Victory that is Even More Improbable than a 16 Seed Beating a 1

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I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible

By Zachary Wright By last December, the fall of my ninth year of teaching high school, I had been observed by teacher coaches, visitors from educational non-profit organizations, principals and assistant principals, no fewer than 15 times. Each visit resulted in formal observation ratings, and feedback on specific areas of my teaching strengths as well… Continue reading I’ve Taught in a School With Zero Accountability, It’s Terrible

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My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.

Note: Edy Pineda was my student as an 8th grader. It is incredibly special and rewarding for me to see him now as he waits to hear from colleges and uses his voice and his story to speak up on behalf of all the kids, like him, who fear what will happen if our elected… Continue reading My Country. The Only Country I’ve Ever Called Home.

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California Teacher Tells Students That People in the Mlitary are Dumb**** and “The Lowest of Our Low”

By Leticia Chavez-Garcia If you are outraged by the words and actions of Gregory Salcido (the Pico Rivera councilman who is also a teacher at El Rancho High School), you have every right to be. But I have some bad news for you about Mr. Salcido. He is not an anomaly. In fact, most people would be shocked and… Continue reading California Teacher Tells Students That People in the Mlitary are Dumb**** and “The Lowest of Our Low”

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Guest Post: MLK Day should not be used as a snow makeup day

By Shawnta Barnes Depending on when school districts returned from winter break in Indiana, they have already had 1-2 school cancellations due to inclement weather.  Indiana students are required to attend school for 180 instructional days.  When school is cancelled, districts have to grapple with the best plan of action to makeup the missed instructional… Continue reading Guest Post: MLK Day should not be used as a snow makeup day

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3 Maneras en Que Usted Puede Ejercer Su Poder Para Impactar la Educación de Su Hijo

By Melissa Albarenga La definición de Poder, es la capacidad de actuar. Muchas veces la palabra poder, puede ser intimidante. Quiero que se detenga y piense en todas las cosas que le vienen a la mente cuando escucha, o lee, la palabra poder. Usted puede estar pensando en autoridad, dinero, oficiales de policía, incluso sus… Continue reading 3 Maneras en Que Usted Puede Ejercer Su Poder Para Impactar la Educación de Su Hijo

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Let’s Stop Tip-Toeing Around the Hard Truths About RI’s Schools

This is a letter to the editor that first ran here in the Newport Daily News. Its author is Mike Cullen, of Copernicus STEAM Learning Lab and the Rhode Island STEAM Academy. Decisions made on education now will be felt for years to come Sen. Lou DiPalma is to be commended for his recent Guest… Continue reading Let’s Stop Tip-Toeing Around the Hard Truths About RI’s Schools

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Press Release on New Video Series at Education Post: African-Americans Talk Education

  Black Parents, Teachers and Students Want Everyone to Stop Having the Education Conversation ‘About Them Without Them’ Education Post Video Series Shows African-Americans Getting Real on Education   Chicago, IL – More than 40 Black teachers, parents and students gathered in Chicago Women’s Park & Gardens to speak candidly in a new video series… Continue reading Press Release on New Video Series at Education Post: African-Americans Talk Education