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Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz. Read, learn, explore and form your own opinion because. . . . Knowledge IS Power! Terri Goldson, Sr.


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School shootings are an issue that goes way beyond the walls of school. It is an issue of mental health, parental involvement, home intervention and teaching children appropriate social interaction skills. Children are bombarded by so many inappropriate multimedia images and unrealistic ways to interact or react to situations. They seldom play outside gaining the social skills to navigate through life, but play inside and interact with violent electronic games and view unrealistic television shows that often lack any moral theme. School shootings are a manifestation of many underlying issue that must be addressed or the carnage will continue. The question must be answered; Are we ready to commit, make the change and invest in our children? The answer to that seems bleak as we continue to spend less on education and cut social programs that address the needs of the American people. Knowledge IS Power!

Change in the realm of education is constant but the current reform movement is different. It is another phase that will come, be revised, refined and eventually replaced by the next big theoretical idea. Time will tell! ….Knowledge IS Power!

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In this post, a veteran teacher with 30 years of experience explains why she had to retire. She didn’t want to. But the obsession with data-based decision-making finally broke her spirit.

She recounts incidents where she was able to help students, where students gave her their trust, where classes learned to love literature as she did. She remembers staff meetings devoted to lessons and students, not to data analysis. As all the rewarding parts of her work were eliminated, she realized that the reforms made it I possible to do what she loved est: to teach.

She writes:

“I remember a time when department meetings, faculty meetings, and in-service days revolved around reading, sharing ideas, learning about our subjects—and not around the only topics that seem to matter today: lesson plan format, testing, rubrics, teacher evaluations and technological gimmicks. Watch your back! If you don’t conform it will be…

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The potential the evaluation process holds has been diminished by the rush to implement. It takes time to reflect on practice and have discussions about changing behaviors.

Terri Goldson‘s insight:

The controversy over the new teacher evaluation process is heating up. Was it designed to improve instructional practices or is it just another top down process that will need further refinement. Regardless of the overall intent, we must implement it with the hopes that instruction improves and courageous conversations take place to improve student outcomes. Knowledge IS POWER!

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High poverty. High performing. These are two phrases that describe Hattie Watts Elementary today — but it wasn’t always that way. When I became assista

Terri Goldson‘s insight:

As an administrator of a diverse school where nearly 75% of the students receive free or reduced priced lunch, I can relate to Principal Fryou with regards to the challenges and joy of working in a high poverty school.  I have implemented many of the key elements she addresses in her article and our data reveals that we have made significant gains to close the achievement gap and as a result, our school is the highest performing school in the district. Although we are proud of the gains we have made, we have much more progress to make on our journey towards excellence.  My hope is that our progress and momentum for change is not ephemeral by the unfunded mandates of the Common Core Curriculum, SBACtesting, teacher evaluation process and a shrinking school and city budget. Only time will tell.

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On the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the three top performing states are Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Connecticut. You would think that the governors and legislatures of these states would shower praise on their successful educators and schools and protect and strengthen them. But none of these states is immune from the assault on public education by the privatization movement.

The notorious corporate reform lobbying group Stand for Children has pushed to remove due process rights from teachers in Massachusetts and to lift the cap on charter schools. In New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie speaks of his state’s schools as “failure factories.” In Connecticut, Governor Dannell Malloy hired a charter school founder as state commissioner and has been a darling of the super-rich who fund the privatization movement.

In this post, Jonathan Pelto describes just how closely tied Malloy is to the privatization movement. One of its main advocacy groups…

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