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Arts + Letters

Essay or Assay: Merriam-Webster “Tries” to Explain the Difference

The essay is by far my favorite genre, to read and to write. A far cry from what it looks…
Administrators

Observing Teachers, Minute X Minute

I observe a lot of teachers teaching. Over time, I’ve developed a tool that helps me stay focused while being…
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Making Writing Assessment Better and Easier

Writing is at the heart of learning. It has been for centuries.  But when I work with teachers in different…
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Howard Gardner On the Limits of Assessments

I loved hearing Howard Gardner describe the limits of assessments, a kind warning to parents and the public to let…
Arts + Letters

“High School Training Ground,” by Malcolm London

Check out this Chicago poet’s powerful commentary on the reality of high school, a training ground for the injustices all…
Arts + Letters

Poet Malachi Byrd on “Intelligence”

The young poet laces together elements of school, identity, success, and art all in under four minutes.  The poem stands…
Assessment

How the Need for Education Reform Was Framed in New York State

It’s important to observe how the need for education reform is framed.  There are always loud advocates for both sides…
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Louis CK on Standardized Tests, Burning Schools Down

So not funny that it’s funny.  The Manhattan father of public school children and comedian delivers his criticism of high…
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Why Comparing Countries’ Educational Performance Doesn’t Make As Much Sense As You Think

Many other countries to which the U.S. compares itself are 1) much smaller and 2) more centralized.  The U.S. is…
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So, About those International Test Comparisons

For sure, you have heard that the U.S. is way behind other industrialized nations based on international tests in literacy…
Assessment

Before You Write Off the Common Core Completely, Try Taking THIS 8th Grade Exam

When you talk with others about education, it’s not uncommon to hear them refer to the glory days of education…
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Why Education Reform Hasn’t Worked (in under 2 minutes). Go.

You’ve got to love it when really smart people who really know their stuff can drop knowledge on the spot.…
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If Finland Was a Teacher

I’m reading this fantastic book by Sam Abrams of Teachers College on private enterprise in education.  It prompted me to…
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Literacy, Video Games, and Straight Up Insight

This short video by one of the world’s finest literacy scholars will leave you asking yourself: why can’t teaching and learning…
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Totally Valid Answer

When I saw this gif I laughed out loud.  It is the ultimate answer key to high-stakes testing. via GIPHY
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The Writing Revolution

The story of how a school in Staten Island focused deeply on support students’ writing process.  Not writing for the…
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