Holiday Books

People said they liked last year’s book list, so here we go again for this year. Like half my friends I’m hoping to find the new Grant biography and Against the Grain in my stocking on Christmas morning. But rather than a wishlist, here are a handful of the books, new and old but more off the […]

Holiday Edu-Reads

This Wall Street Journal story is worth your time. Financial companies buy their way into teachers lounges with offers of free food or other perks, only to sell teachers on expensive, fee-laded 403(b) plans. Meanwhile, state and national teachers unions are willing middlemen who get kickbacks from these deals. Lest you don’t trust the Wall […]

Posted on Dec 20, 2019 @ 11:16am

2018 Holiday Book List

Running behind on your holiday shopping? As in past years, here are some book ideas from the past year (past year for me, they’re not all new and one is quite old): There’s a reason everyone is talking about Tara Westover’s “Educated.” In its totality it may not be representative or generalizable, but it is indisputably […]

Eduwonk Holiday Book List!

If you’re like me you might not be entirely on top of your holiday shopping. And you might have some readers on your list. Here’s a few recent (and not so recent) books from the past few months that I’d highly recommend: Hillbilly Elegy.  JD Vance’s memoir is a poignant reminder that the ‘who has […]

Ask Eduwonk, Special Holiday Edition!

I get a lot of emails this time of year asking, ‘what should I get for the special eduwonk in my life?’ It’s a tough question, everyone is different, and amazingly some people don’t find Collective Bargaining in Education to be the gift to top all gifts. But, to help, here are a couple of […]

Bankert On Tight Loose, Korman On JJ, Aldeman On Pension Data, Plus ELLs, Parkland, Alexander, Bad School Information, Bad Applications, Clarence At Christmas, More!

2018 holiday book list tomorrow. Lina Bankert on how to think about tight and loose in school networks. Chad Aldeman on how teacher pension data are a treasure trove on questions far beyond just retirement policy. Hailly Korman on the juvenile justice bill on its way to the President’s desk. Related, have you played “Rigged” yet? […]

Pension Bets, Squire Cautions On ESSA, Mead On The Tax Bill, Rodrigues On Testing, Williams On Multilingual Early Ed, Charter Grad Rates, ESSA, Incentive Pay For Teachers, Dickens…

Scroll down for some edujobs if your New Year’s resolution was to find a new one. Sara Mead on the tax bill and kids. Last week I wrote about the tax bill’s 529 changes. Max Marchitello goes all super hero in the ESSA debate. But, Julie Squire offers some good cautions on thinking about state ESSA plans. […]

Posted on Jan 2, 2018 @ 12:34pm

Odds & Ends

I mentioned Carolyn Bucior’s book on substitute teaching in my summer books TIME School of Thought column.  Summer is over but she’s still going. She talks with CAP’s Raegen Miller about the issue here. In case you missed it over the holiday weekend The New York Times’ look at education technology deserves reading. If anything […]

Grinch? You Decide…

In New York City the school chancellor Joel Klein put in place a $5 limit on holiday gifts for teachers. This NYT story has more. The reasons behind it are obvious and sensible but many people also cried foul. Is the policy Grinch-like? Eduwonk solicited the views of some teachers and administrators in various communities […]