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Renee Moore

June 30, 2014

Read This: The Other Common Core Debate

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As states and school districts struggle over whether and how to implement Common Core Standards that will ostensibly produce students who are college-ready, has anybody bothered to ask the colleges whether these standards do that? If they can't because they don't align with the actual requirements of the college courses, then why is there such an urgency to use them? If they can, will colleges and universities actually be ready to receive and further enhance these students? Will they even need the traditional introductory college courses?

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Renee Moore

June 16, 2014

Students' Rights AND Teachers' Rights

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In response to questions posted at the National Journal.com Education Insiders blog about the recent court decision on teacher tenure in California, I offered the following thoughts:

I disagree with posing student and teacher rights as binary opposites. Every student, in every public school in America, deserves a quality teacher. Every teacher deserves to be treated like a true professional—which includes having due process before losing one’s position or teaching credentials. Doing the latter actually helps ensure the former.

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Renee Moore

June 15, 2014

Song for My Father(s)

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(Listen to this while you read....Song for My Father, by Horace Silver)**

My fathers had a tremendous influence on my life and on my views of education.

Grandpa left Georgia as a 17 year-old with his 16 year-old bride seeking jobs and a better life up North. My grandfather was semi-illiterate but stressed education for his children and grandchildren. He made me read the daily newspaper aloud to him each evening when he got home from work.

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Renee Moore

June 6, 2014

Getting More High Quality Teachers Into High Needs Schools

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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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Renee Moore

May 21, 2014

Brown at 60 (part 2)

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First, let’s be clear: Separate has never been and is not now equal.  

I want to expand on reflections I made about the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision on the Teaching Ahead roundtable blog over at EdWeek.org. by inviting some distinguished African American scholars to the table.

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Renee Moore

May 10, 2014

A Teacher's Appreciation of Her Week

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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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