Rhode Island: A Teacher of Conscience Resigns — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Rhode Island teacher Shelley McDonald resigned from her position before the school board of North Kingston fired her. She is a woman of conscience. I name her to the blog’s honor roll for standing up for principle. Facing termination from the North Kingstown School Department because of her refusal to administer testing last fall, high […]

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How I Got Started With Blogging In The Classroom — Tchers’ Voice

As a sixth grade reading teacher, I’m always trying to think of ways to keep my students motivated. As a veteran teacher, I’m always trying to think of ways to stay current in my practice. This year, as a Teaching Channel Laureate, I decided that I’d experiment with blogging myself, then give my students the…

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NEWSFLASH: Experience Matters! — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Linda Darling-Hammond recently created a new institute to study teaching and learning, called the Learning Policy Institute. Given her scholarly background, you can be sure that anything LPI produces will be rigorously researched. In one of its first research summaries, the LPI concluded that “Teachers Improve As They Gain Experience.” This would seem to be […]

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Kids Do Worse on Computers When Taking Tests — Diane Ravitch’s blog

A growing number of studies conclude that students perform worse on tests when they take them online than when the questions are on paper. A study published by MIT and conducted at the U.S. Military Academy found that the students who did not use computers scored significantly higher than those who did. The researchers suggested […]

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Who Owns the Chicago Public Schools?

This is one of the best posts ever, written by a Chicago public school parent and blogger. Julie Vassilatos asks the question: whose schools? Who do they belong to? In Chicago, they are currently “owned” by the mayor and his hand-picked board. In other major cities, they are being given away to boards controlled by […]

via Julie Vassilatos: Who Owns the Chicago Public Schools? — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Things School Districts Don’t Tell You​

Schools must brace themselves for an onslaught of new cyber attacks. Today’s most pervasive cyber threat is “crypto-ransomware”, a type of malware that encrypts and scrambles files (usually in the form of confidential data) to hold them for ransom. As a recent victim of ransomware, Horry County Schools, the third largest school district in South…

via Preparing Schools for Ransomware—the Next Big Threat to Education — EdSurge Articles