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My New BAM! Radio Show Is On Strategies Low-Income Rural Schools Use to Succeed

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 05:04

The Strategies Poor Rural Schools Use to Succeed is the title of my latest eight-minute BAM! Radio Show.

Amanda Koonlaba, Sylvia Ibarra, and Jennifer Hesseltine join me in the discussion. They’ve also all contributed written commentaries to my Education Week Teacher column.

I’m adding it to All My BAM Radio Shows – Linked With Descriptions.

Tell If & How Our Classrooms Have Changed Since The Presidential Election

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 02:51

How has your classroom changed since the 2016 election? is the question from, the wildly-popular online news site.

They want to know:

What kinds of conversations are taking place about the issues of the day? Have teachers found constructive ways of talking to their students about things like fake news? Have they changed the structure of their curriculum to help students better understand the effects of changing policy?

There’s a form on the site that teachers can complete.

Interestingly and sadly, this morning’s headline on NPR was ‘I Have Children Crying In The Classroom.’

And, of course, The Washington Post shared how it affected my classroom at  ‘Dear President-elect Trump’: Immigrant students write letters asking for ‘the opportunity to demonstrate we are good people.’

When I think about, I’m still shocked that Rick Hess and his co-author actually blamed teachers for creating student fear after the election (see No, Most Educators Are Not “Fueling Student Anxieties” – Trump Is Handling That On His Own).

And, speaking of student fear, keep this list handy: The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges



TED Talks Announces “TED en Español”

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 02:37

TED Talks announced today they were going to have their first TED Talks program in Spanish, TED en Español, which will include journalist Jorge Ramos.

The same announcement shared a number of Spanish-language initiatives TED-Talks is undertaking, including Spanish-language versions of their popular TED-Ed video animations.

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

Daylight Savings Time Starts On Sunday – Here Are Related Resources

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 00:58

Daylight saving time 2017 starts at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 12th.

You might be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Daylight Savings Time.

Earth Hour Takes Place On March 25th – Here Are Related Resources

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 05:09

On March 25th at 8:30 PM local time, lights will switch off around the globe for Earth Hour – an annual event to draw attention to climate change.

You can find more information at The Best Sites To Learn About “Earth Hour.”

Pins Of The Week

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 05:04

I’m fairly active on Pinterest and, in fact, have curated nearly 11,000 resources there that I haven’t shared on this blog.

I thought readers might find it useful if I began sharing a handful of my most recent “pins” each week (I’m not sure if you can see them through an RSS Reader – you might have to click through to the original post):

Sacramento City Unified School District Launches Campaign To Assist Undocumented Students

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 01:54

Photo – Cap Radio

Our district, Sacramento City Unified School District, just announced – at our school’s library, no less – a major campaign to assist undocumented students and their families.

The district announced it will distribute tens of thousands of “know your rights” cards in multiple languages to all students and will assist in coordinating immigration attorneys and providers of other resources to help these individuals at school sites. District officials also want to reinforce a message that all students are welcome. The district will begin hanging up multi-colored banners and lawn signs at every school site with the message: “Safe Haven: ALL students are welcome”. It will also be running a series of ads and promotional videos on social media to underscore the contributions of undocumented students and families in the community. Parents, teachers and community members will be encouraged to join the campaign by signing pledge cards in support of the Safe Haven effort.

Here are some articles about it:

Sac City Unified Launches Program To Protect Undocumented Students is from Public Radio.

Sacramento City Unified School District launches ‘Safe Haven’ campaign

Sacramento school district introduces ‘sanctuary schools’ campaign

You might also be interested in The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges.

“What Will Teaching Look Thirty Years From now?”

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 00:40

What Will Teaching Look Thirty Years From now? is the new question-of-the-week at my Education Week Teacher column.

Feel free to leave your responses here or there in the comments section.

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 05:32

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Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two):

‘Tax Credit Scholarships,’ Praised By Trump, Turn Profits For Some Donors is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

For Trump and DeVos, a Florida Private School Is a Model for Choice is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

DeVos and Tax Credit Vouchers: Arizona Shows What Can Go Wrong is from The New York Times. It’s going on the same list.

America Needs Public School Choice, Not Private School Vouchers is by Richard Kahlenberg. Yup, on the same list.

Kansas Isn’t Spending Enough On Its Schools, State’s High Court Says is from NPR.

“Heroism of Incremental Change.” Part 1 is an interesting piece by Larry Cuban. The Heroism of Incremental Change (Part 2) is also interesting, though I think an introduction talking about the civil rights movement is a little “off.” It’s one thing to talk about the value of incremental change in teaching methods. It’s a very different kettle of fish when talking about incremental change around basic human rights.

Study: When Tenure Is Taken Away, Teachers Leave is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs.

Video: Christopher Emdin’s Keynote At SXSWedu 2017

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 04:59

Educator, speaker, and writer Chris Emdin gave the keynote yesterday at SXSWedu, a big education and tech conference.

You can read an extensive interview I did with Chris for Education Week last year, ‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…’: An Interview With Chris Emdin.

You can also read about this impressive keynote at Ed Week, SXSWedu 2017 Conference Opens With a Challenge of Attendees’ Motives.

Good – & Depressing – Interactive On Refugees From NY Times

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 01:53

Where Refugees Come From is a very good interactive from The New York Times tracing where the origin of refugees coming to the United States over the past several years.

It’s also depressing because the trigger for its creation was:

a new executive order on Monday to ban all refugees from entering the United States for 120 days. The order also cuts the refugee program in half, capping it at 50,000 people for the 2017 fiscal year, down from the 110,000 ceiling put in place under President Obama.

I’m adding it to:

The Best Sites For Learning About World Refugee Day

The Best Resources On The Latest Travel Ban By The Trump Administration

“Spiral” Looks Like A Great Site Where Teachers Can Set-Up Free Virtual Classrooms

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 23:25

Spiral lets teachers create free virtual classrooms where students can create collaborative presentations, view and respond to presentations, and/or watch YouTube videos with easily-created teacher questions. It has other features as well.

It seems super simple and, as I mentioned, it’s free.

I’m adding it to The Best Sites Where Students Can Work Independently & Let Teachers Check On Progress.

Thanks to TopMarks for the tip.

NY Times Story Discusses Fears Of ICE Raids At Schools

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 18:14

The same day our Sacramento school district launches campaign to protect undocumented students (they officially are making the announcement in our school’s library today), The New York Times published a story with the headline, Educators Prepare for Immigration Agents at the Schoolhouse.

It’s a scary world these days.

You might be interested in The Best Practical Resources For Helping Teachers, Students & Families Respond To Immigration Challenges .

“Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall'”

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:39

Bloom’s & SOLO ‘are not Just Colorful Posters we Hang on the Wall’ is the headline of my latest Education Week Teacher column.

In it, Tan Huynh, Russel Tarr, Laura Greenstein, Dr. Eric Jabal, Erik M. Francis, and Andrew Miller share their ideas on taxonomies and the classroom.

Here are some excerpts:


I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom’s Taxonomy In The Classroom.

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