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Renee Moore

September 3, 2013

How NOT to Rate a College

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This piece is cross-posted at National Journal.com Education Insiders page in response to the following question from editor Fawn Johnson: What would we learn if a public dataset existed for all colleges in the United States that showed tuition costs and graduates’ average starting salaries by major? Is it fair to rank colleges using such data? Is there a better way to gauge the value of college?

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Renee Moore

August 26, 2013

Making College More Affordable at What Cost?

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The graphic on the White House website that summarizes the President’s new plan to make higher education more affordable, opens with the header, to make college education “a better deal for the middle class.”  Which begs two questions: Is college primarily for those already in the middle class, and what about those who are trying to use a college education as the bridge to the middle class, as President Obama and others insist it should be?

The plan has many features, a few of which I’ll ponder here.

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Renee Moore

August 18, 2013

Getting Ready for School

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School starts here on Monday, and normally I would be on an adrenalin rush the week before, getting final details ready for my classes. It's something similar to the nesting urge I got just before my children were born. 

But this year is going to be different. 

For one thing, I'm recovering from pneumonia, and there's a good chance that for the first time in 25 years, I will miss greeting my students on the first days of school. 

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Renee Moore

August 12, 2013

Learning Teaching From Our Elders

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In recognition of the just released book, Teacherpreneurs, in which I am one of the featured teachers, I want to celebrate one of the points I made when I was interviewed: The incredible debt we in the teaching profession today owe to our predecessors.

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Renee Moore

July 21, 2013

Why Are They So Angry? Race 101

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As we were dismissing school one day, a young white teacher walked up to me in the hallway, clearly frustrated, and asked, “Why are they so angry?”  She was referring to the black students at our rural Mississippi high school.  There was a specific context to her question, but I realized as we talked more that there was also a larger context of which she was either unaware or unaccepting.

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Renee Moore

July 15, 2013

Read This: Reality Check

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In this interesting piece, Tom Whitby makes an important observation:

"First, I must say that the real world for kids does not begin when they graduate. They are living in the real world now. Their world is quite different from ours. Their world is even more technology driven than ours. Schools cannot be protective cocoons holding our youth until they are matured and educated well enough to spread out their wings and take on the reality of the world. It makes a nice picture, but the subject today is reality."

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Renee Moore

July 9, 2013

Teacher Quality Provisions Need More Work

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This is my response to questions posted at the National Journal.com Education Experts blog about the ESEA reauthorization bill recently released from committee in the House (H.R.5).  I responded to question about how the draft bill, pushed by the Republicans on Workforce and Education Committee, addresses the "highly qualified teacher" requirments under NCLB.  This is cross-posted at NJ.com/Education Experts

 

Drafters and supporters of H.R.5 argue that states need more control over teacher licensure and evaluation when, in fact, the opposite may be true. 

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Renee Moore

June 19, 2013

Tired of Re-runs? Let's Get To Solutions in Teacher Preparation

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Although I'm still reading through the latest report on teacher education programs in the U.S., so far it's been old news and questionable research. Criticisms of teacher prep are not new; in fact, most of the ones leveled in this new (?) report have been highlighted before, most notably by the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships commissioned by the major teacher education accrediting body, NCATE (now CAEP) a few years ago.

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