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Brianna Crowley

▶ Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man, ep. 4: Education - YouTube - 20 views

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    Documentarian Morgan Spurlock visits Finland schools to compare their structures of education to the U.S. He even teaches a lesson and receives feedback from students and administrators!
Brianna Crowley

Should Students be Shamed into Good Behavior? | Education on GOOD - 39 views

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    Using a video clip from Brene Brown's interview on Oprah, this teacher and blogger opens up a deep discussion about the use (and abuse?) of shame in the k-12 classroom.
Brianna Crowley

When Teachers Cheat: Looking Good, Being Bad - Teaching Ahead: A Roundtable - Education... - 16 views

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    Elementary teacher and 2007 Arkansas Teacher of the Year Justin Minkel explores why a system of standardized testing and the desire to look good rather than BE good, causes disasters like the recent cheating scandals. 
Brianna Crowley

Trance Encounters - Michelle Rhee is Wrong - 68 views

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    After Michelle Rhee posted a completely misleading op-ed in the Seattle Times, this teacher (also a lawyer) dismantles the fallacies of her argument. Excellent example for AP language teachers. Essential read for ALL teachers who care about the impact of standardized testing in our schools. 
Brianna Crowley

Professor: Why Teach For America can't recruit in my classroom - 64 views

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    "[TFA] use[s] teaching in high-poverty areas as a stepping stone to a career in business."
Brianna Crowley

Do Public Schools, Umm, Suck? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher - 6 views

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    Why the public school should be saved, and why so many people think it is failing. 
Randolph Hollingsworth

Cracking the Credit Hour, report by Amy Laitinen, New America Foundation - 5 views

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    includes history of Carnegie Unit - highlights the new competency-based learning pilots in measuring levels of acquired learning (instead of seat/clock time), Degree Qualifications Profile (DQP) and the Tuning USA initiative
Brianna Crowley

Adam Kirk Edgerton: Why I Quit Teaching - 53 views

  • Who orders books? A classroom teacher. Who writes the curriculum? A classroom teacher. Who handles discipline? A classroom teacher.
  • Evaluations are done by peers, and the tools are developed by teachers. Teachers are hired by other teachers. There are no outside consultants, no central office administrators, and no superintendents.
  • Let it be the person who pays the electrical bill, who makes sure everyone gets paid, who is a sounding board for teachers. Let it be someone who still has to lesson plan, grade and walk in front of a room of children every day and figure out what's best for them, one day at a time.
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  • If we continue to treat our teachers like children, what will become of our children?
  • given leadership positions while remaining in the classroom for their entire careers.
  • I quit teaching because I was tired of feeling powerless. Tired of watching would-be professionals treated as children, infantilized into silence. Tired of the machine that turns art into artifice for the sake of test scores. Tired of being belittled, disrespected and looked down upon by lawyers, politicians, and decision-makers who see teaching as the province of provincials, the work of housewives that can be done by anyone.
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    "If we continue to treat our teachers like children, what will become of our children?" Although this article is very confrontational, it does offer some solution-focused thinking. Teachers should be pushing our profession in these ways--prompting dialogue and debate among our communities and our faculties. 
Brianna Crowley

Education Week: Why I Left Teaching - 88 views

  • There is a difference between learning and education. Learning is a slow, disciplined process, while education is about producing results.
  • I believe I will be happier for having quit teaching. I will make more money. I will have more time. I will no longer sacrifice myself for the sake of others' children. I would like to go back someday when the system finally figures out how lucky it is that people are so dedicated to teaching.
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    This is sad but so true in many places. We need to revive the profession in ways like suggested in the book Teaching 2030. 
Brianna Crowley

Education Week: Job Roles Shifting for Districts' Central Offices - 1 views

  • Mr. Nadelstern recently wrote a paper for the University of Washington center on how New York created networks of autonomous schools. He said rather than fight the heterogeneous practices taking place behind closed doors at schools, central-office administrators should embrace them. "The people closest to the kids in the classroom—the principal, the teachers in consultation with parents—are the best people to make decisions," he said.
  • "It's a value for us not to get caught up in one school type as being preferable to another," she said. "We try to focus not on the differences between these schools but the similar goals."
Brianna Crowley

Transforming Teaching - Rick Hess Straight Up - Education Week - 0 views

  • Teachers around the country embrace accountability when it comes with the equivalent authority in decision making.
  • For us, "accountability" doesn't simply mean counting test scores - and "autonomy" definitely does not mean that teachers get to close their doors and do what they want.
  • Real change will come teacher by teacher.
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  • We must redefine accountability as relational rather than numerical. Accountability isn't about the numbers we achieve on a test. Real accountability is accepting the trust the public has in America's teachers and embracing our professional and individual responsibility for student learning and well-being.
Brianna Crowley

Education Week: It's Time for a New Kind of High School - 29 views

  • We need to tear apart the school day, the high school timetable, the school year, the four-year diploma. We need to rethink credit- and diploma-awarding authority, which need not be the sole purview of the high school.
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    Food for thought on Educational Reform, however, not a great amount of practical first steps. Similarly, I am skeptical of some of the suggestions that private industry can do education better than public-provided. 
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    I am currently in private education, although I have taught in both. I believe that the school I am at is highly effective in their schooling, but could benefit from these reforms. That being said, I am not sold on the idea that private is better than public, especially as a universal idea ( ie All private education is better than public education). On th other hand I do see it being easier for private education to take on some of these challenges for reform.
Randolph Hollingsworth

Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards - 16 views

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    by Erica Frankenberg, Genevieve Siegel-Hawley and Jia Wang January 2010 The Civil Rights Project, UCLA The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies 8370 Math Sciences, Box 951521 Los Angeles, California 90095-1521 (ph) 310-267-5562 (fax) 310-206-6293 www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu This report should be cited as: Frankenberg, E., Siegel-Hawley, G., Wang, J. (2010). Choice without Equity: Charter School Segregation and the Need for Civil Rights Standards. Los Angeles, CA: The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA; www.civilrightsproject.ucla.edu.
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