Remember, application deadline for the Bellwether blogging seminar is July 9th. It’s free, but more applicants than slots so get yours in asap.
The National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education is ramping up for a summer session in Chicago again this year. Teachers who went through it last year loved it and if you’re looking to learn about a cool program that isn’t a household name – this is it.
There was some chuckling when the American Federation of Teachers partnered with an overseas corporation to launch its lesson sharing site (outsourcing, privatization, corporate, private equity all in one deal!). But turns out there is more…Rupert Murdoch connections and some lockouts and labor strife as well.
Over the weekend a federal court invalidated part of the Department of Education’s “gainful employment” rule.* In the last Education Insider survey 72 percent of policy insiders believed that a Romney win would mean a revisiting of this rule. Looks like an Obama win could mean the same…Speaking of Insider, more on the deck via Huff Post.
All those desks on the National Mall? Richard Whitmire says they point to the Oval Office.
*Update: Dep’t responds here.
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Hi Mr. Bellwether,
Do you know the name of the Phoenix program that reinvented parent teacher conferences that Mr. Whitmire cites? I tried to find it, but was unsuccessful. Thanks!
Not offhand but have heard it described, will ask him to respond with deets. Thanks for the Q.
I did research on this program– it’s called Academic Parent Teacher Teams. It is in the Creighton School District in Phoenix (and growing in other districts as well). It was started by a woman named Maria Paredes, who now works at West Ed. If you’re interested in more information I recommend reaching out to Maria. Or you might also want to check out the Flamboyan Foundation, based out of Washington, D.C. They are helping bring Academic Parent Teachers Teams (APTT) to DCPS as well.
Hope that helps.
What’s the New trick for Today:
Email shows Louisiana schools chief tried to ‘muddy up’ state’s voucher-vetting process
SOP from the Professional Education Reform Movement.
John White is a Teach For America alum,
Meanwhile, over in Jersey, home of the ice cream shouting governor:
And next door in PA:
New law excludes charter school teachers from revised evaluations
July 5, 2012 12:05 am
By Amy McConnell Schaarsmith and Eleanor Chute / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In 2013-14, public schools across the state will be required to consider student performance when evaluating teachers — except for charter schools.
The General Assembly last week approved legislation that requires half of a teacher’s evaluation to be based on observation and half on various measures of student performance. Under the old law, considering student performance is not required in teacher evaluations.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/news/education/new-law-excludes-charter-school-teachers-from-revised-evaluations-643311/#ixzz205Z6KcSr