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The Policy-Produced Achievement Gap

One problem with a system that rewards high performing schools is that the recognition of high performing schools requires the existence of low performing schools. As we struggle with the challenge of improving public education, no matter how much higher … Continue reading

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Old-school Research

It’s easy to forget how easy research has become in the information age until something doesn’t work. For the last few months ERIC databases has pulled down many of their articles for review. Apparently, there were some old articles that … Continue reading

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10 Mini Lesson Topics for the New Texas Assessment (STAAR)

At the end of February, I was honored to join sixteen of my English teaching peers to work on the STAAR Writing Performance Standard Setting Committee. It was our job to take the English I, II, and III Writing STAAR … Continue reading

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10 New Things About STAAR

Ten New Things We Have Learned About STAAR The new performance levels are called advanced, satisfactory, and unsatisfactory. Students entering the state universities must now have a college readiness certificate from their high schools. Current freshmen will have to score … Continue reading

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Alterations Required

For teachers, summer is a time of reflection and creation. Thoughtfully, we examine the student interactions with our previous presentation of the material and plan for new students, children we do not know. This looking forward, toward possibility, is a … Continue reading

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Super ImPACt on Education

Looking at the anticipated lineup of media expenditures planned for the next sixteen months, one would never know that the United States was suffering from high unemployment rates and stagnate income levels. The coffers of the super PACs are quickly … Continue reading

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10 Essentials From Dad

It has been a long time since I left my parents’ home, but some lessons still resonate in the way I conduct myself as an adult. These particular essentials can each be attributed to my dad. If I said I … Continue reading

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The Enlightening Darkness of YA Novels

Have you read a young adolescent (YA) novel lately? I challenge all of my adult peers to go to the library or bookstore and look at the amazing choices afforded to teenagers today. More than ever, YA authors are engaging … Continue reading

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Good Instructors Help Students Make As

Educators work in a world of conflicting ideology, and in the last two weeks I have come to better understand a conflict that is unique to colleges of education. I have had a couple of encounters in meetings and in … Continue reading

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“Rhee Gun” Brought Out To Defend Ill-Conceived Vouchers

What should parents do if they are not satisfied with neighborhood schools? Research supports parent engagement with schools to improve student achievement.  However, when the mothers in Washington D.C. ask Michelle Rhee to advise them on what to do, Rhee … Continue reading

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