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Bill Ferriter

June 12, 2014

What's Good for the Goose, Mr. Berger....


North Carolina Senator Phil Berger might just be one of the most hypocritical political leaders in a legislature that is sadly FULL of hypocrites.  His single-minded goal for the past year has been to introduce elements of competition to the teacher pay scale (see here and here and here).  His argument is a simple one:  Getting rid of crappy teachers -- and rewarding "accomplished" teachers -- has to be made easier.

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Renee Moore

June 6, 2014

Getting More High Quality Teachers Into High Needs Schools


In October 2009, I was invited to D.C. to speak to a room full of staff people working for members of Congress and a few other Federal agencies at the Library of Congress. These were people interested (or assigned) to education issues. The invitation came from the Forum on Education and Democracy, and the event was led by Sam Chaltain.

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Ariel Sacks

May 28, 2014

Under-Rated Teaching Strategy: Read Next To Them!


It was fifth period, sometime last week (it's late May), and students should have been reading quietly.  Generally, I would be using this time to have conversations with individual students about their reading, check over their reading notes and give some quick feedback, or read aloud with a small group.  But on that day, I hadn't gotten into a groove with any of this. That was because at one table, a group of students had gotten themselves into their own groove of striking up a conversation every time I didn't have my eyes on them.

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Barnett Berry

May 23, 2014

CTQ-Global teachers tackle professional learning systems


HEALTH ADVISORY: Some parts of CTQ’s newest TeacherSolutions report may be downright painful to read, due to documented inefficiencies, lost opportunities, and disconnectedness.

Consider yourself warned.

It’s no huge secret that student learning demands teachers’ ongoing learning. International student achievement data—and esteemed researchers like Marc Tucker and Ben Jensen—have told us so for decades.

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Bill Ferriter

May 20, 2014

Turned Into a Testing Machine.


Testing on my mind tonight and I'm cranky.  Shocker, right?  

<sarcasm>That NEVER happens here on the Radical.</sarcasm>

That's what happens when May rolls around and my days are filled with fears about whether or not I'll get through my entire curriculum in time to give my kids a fighting chance at remembering the tidbits of knowledge that MIGHT be covered on our 35 question, high stakes multiple choice exam.

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Marie LaCassa

May 20, 2014

5 Takeaways from the 2014 EdSource Symposium


Earlier this month, I attended the 2014 EdSource symposium, an event drawing some of the biggest names in education to discuss "Testing Students and Evaluating Schools in the Age of the Common Core." Much of the discussion revolved around professional development and the field tests for California's statewide assessments, also known as Smarter Balanced.

While most of the attendees were California teachers and educators, I think many of these takeaways are relevant to educators in other states as well.

My Top 5 Takeaways

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Renee Moore

May 10, 2014

A Teacher's Appreciation of Her Week


It is not unusual for Teacher Appreciation Week to coincide with our last week of school here because we start in early August, so it’s also not unusual for it to be a hectic time.  Of course, those who know me know my life is pretty hectic any time. This week, however, set a new standard.

The lessons sandwiched between two family emergencies and my students’ final exams taught me some things that will forever make me a better teacher.

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