Where Are My Shanker Knights? | bbond

The fourth author in our series of guest posts commemorating the 20th anniversary of Al Shanker’s death is Dr. Lorretta Johnson, secretary treasurer of the American Federation of Teachers. You can find the other posts in this series here.

Those of us who had the privilege to work with labor leader and progressive giant Al Shanker can attest to his deeply held sense of justice, his urgency in the fight for fairness, and his composure in the face of both personal and professional battles that would have left many of us undone.

For me, Al Shanker was a friend, a leader and a mentor. Shanker…

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“It’s really cool”—Voices from a California CKLA School, and Thumbs Up from EdReports.org | Core Knowledge Foundation

Amplify Education, the Core Knowledge Foundation’s commercial publishing partner for the Core Knowledge Language Arts (CKLA) program, has posted a video featuring CKLA in action at Alvina Elementary School in Caruthers, California. You’ll hear many enthusiastic testimonials to the effectiveness of CKLA, including: Administrator: “The inclusion of the knowledge piece is so important…. Kids are […]

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Seminal Papers in Educational Psychology | Pedro

This is a big reading list, but great if you don’t have summer plans :).

No really, it’s a nice plan to read them all!

Paul A. Kirschner

As an experienced researcher, reviewers, and supervisor/mentor of hundreds of young academic researchers, I have experienced a problem, namely that young academics often don’t “know the masters”. Without this knowledge, they often redesign many wheels and aren’t able to really stand on the shoulders of giants and bring the field further.

To this end, I crowdsourced a question a while ago to colleagues in the community, namely: What…

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Let schools enforce discipline | Joanne

Rescinding the joint 2014 “dear colleague” letter on school discipline should be a top priority for Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, writes Checker Finn,

Districts don’t have to obey the “guidance,” which doesn’t have the force of regulation. But they were threatened with federal investigation if their discipline practices had a “disparate impact” on minority or disabled students.

. . . Classroom behavior — and the consequences of misbehavior — is the proper purview of individual schools, districts, and states, which must strike a workable balance…

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“Heroism of Incremental Change.” Part 1 | larrycuban

So much has been written about the importance of “transformational” change in health care, schools, and criminal justice.  Seeking fundamental changes quickly in how institutions operate is dramatic, visible, and garners media coverage. Too often, however, glowing rhetoric exceeds actions.

Making small changes, for example, in how health care for millions of previously uninsured Americans is delivered and paid for is undramatic and often goes unnoticed. The Affordable Care Act–Obamacare to many–is a prime example of an incremental change in health insurance for more Americans that is both…

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Word By Word | phdilettante

It was time to pay attention to the words I was teaching. I was carefully curating lists of words so students could practice the phonics rules I was teaching them. I was getting tired of dredging up the same words over and over: cactus, picnic, dentist, locate, remote, Chippendale, badminton and fig.

In 2003, Sally Shaywitz’s book Overcoming Dyslexia came out. I got my hands on it as soon as I could and read it right away. The book covered a lot of ground, but what I couldn’t get out of my head was one of her conclusions regarding fluency. Students acquire fluency “word by word,” she said….

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“Heroism of Incremental Change.” Part 1 | larrycuban

So much has been written about the importance of “transformational” change in health care, schools, and criminal justice.  Seeking fundamental changes quickly in how institutions operate is dramatic, visible, and garners media coverage. Too often, however, glowing rhetoric exceeds actions.

Making small changes, for example, in how health care for millions of previously uninsured Americans is delivered and paid for is undramatic and often goes unnoticed. The Affordable Care Act–Obamacare to many–is a prime example of an incremental change in health insurance for more Americans that is both…

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