I'm at @yaleELC #backtowhy today, mostly on Twitter (Snapchatting an event is not so easy or fun as it sounds). You can check out all the updates here, or on Facebook (Alexander Russo), or directly on Twitter (@alexanderrusso). You won't miss a thing, plus you can see the fun things people Tweet at me all day. Tweets about "@alexanderrusso"
It's hard to find a more useful, far-ranging, and long-running blog than the one California teacher Larry Ferlazzo has been running the last eight years. And so its easy for me to wish him a hearty Eighth Anniversary (just a few weeks late!).
What makes Larry's work so notable is that he shares and collects so prodigiously, and his work isn't anywhere near as narcissistic as most of us online tend to be. Some example blog posts include: New Resources On Race & Racism. Or let Larry tell you: What Have Been My Most Popular Posts? His personal favorites are here, As you will see, Ferlazzo's work spans classrooms and courthouses.
Total cost of big 5 education ideas would be $130B/yrx20 but would generate $225T/80y, says Forbes ow.ly/FymGt
Why reporters are still writing as if TX school board is all-powerful - CJR ow.ly/FyZk6
Why Progressives Have Ignored Deaths Like Eric Garner's For Years ow.ly/Fz4g2
As if NY doesn't already have enough education coverage, Politico adds morning ed email "Capital Education" ow.ly/FyxrT
Union helps Jeb Bush build cred by calling him out - Washington Wire - WSJ http://ow.ly/EOsH2
What It Takes to Fix American Education - The Daily Beast http://ow.ly/EOXHZ Universal preschool, apparently
Five Graphics That Show Why a Post-White America Is Already Here | New Republic http://ow.ly/ENjl3
"Goldstein’s conclusions are loosely aligned with what we might label the Finland wing of the school reform debate." http://ow.ly/ENBJ3
5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Undocumented Kids & Parents, Plus: Bring Back School Funding Reform
How many K-12 students are illegal immigrants? - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/EGcVW
School Funding Reform: Hard Work and Fraught with Potential | Ahead of the Heard http://ow.ly/EGKzC
Not another test! Yes, but a valuable one - Chicago Tribune http://ow.ly/EGgAc
Uh, oh, reform types. Ravitch is mobile again - Ed Dive http://ow.ly/EGTHr
A Complete Guide to the Shooting of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson - The Intercept http://ow.ly/EGX3T
Opt out advocates want to use COPPA to oppose testing - National Public Ed Network ow.ly/ECiVc
Do we know who organized & paid for busload of Newark protesters to travel to DC? ow.ly/ECnWy We don't - yet.
All this and more at @alexanderrusso
Report cites high suspension rates for charter schools - Metro - The Boston Globe http://ow.ly/ExnFd
Report Offers 'Lessons Learned' From Teacher-Residency Programs - Teacher Beat - Education Week http://ow.ly/EyaDV
How Strict Is Too Strict? - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/EtqKv What does Carr miss or get wrong, if anything?
Tomorrow in Chicago: The Atlantic's @tanehisicoates ("The case for reparations") will be at North Lawndale College Prep and the IOP
All this and more throughout the day at @alexanderrusso
Projected Results from Spring Common-Core Tests - Education Week http://ow.ly/Eq0OQ
Why public-sector unions lost big in Illinois - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/EqnYS
Common Core critic Carol Burris debates supporter Jayne Ellsperman on the latest Bloomberg EDU Podcast http://ow.ly/EoRgp [Who won?]
The Problem With "Serial" And The Model Minority Myth - BuzzFeed http://ow.ly/EqhAl Spoiler Alert!
Starting tomorrow! All the day's most interesting education news & commentary, delivered each afternoon M-F via email http://eepurl.com/8Gwiv
It's ideology not outside money that's ruining think tanks -- The National Interest http://ow.ly/Ee3gm
Boston Benefits from Mutual Consent Hiring | TNTP http://ow.ly/Ee01v
Minneapolis Schools Now Need Permission to Suspend Black Students - Atlanta Blackstar http://ow.ly/EdmPt Anyone else doing this?
Handy dandy writeup of yesterday's EdWeek midterms confab http://t.co/mDQg9eMY1O
Yikes: 43 Frantic 911 Calls Document The Horror Of The Marysville School Shooting http://ow.ly/Edij5
3 reasons Common Core is especially controversial in New York - Vox http://ow.ly/E7lXk
EdWeek bill tracker shows 2 Common Core rollback proposals have made it into law (so far) http://ow.ly/E7yIU They're MO & NC
Head of Tulane-affiliated think tank (& former Chicago charter guru) John Ayers quits after release of flawed study http://ow.ly/E7EWc
Salman Khan is changing the way kids learn - Portrait by Annie Leibovitz http://vnty.fr/11e1mfV
All this and more at @alexanderrusso.
Ed. Dept. Directs States to Improve Teacher Distribution - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/E4SVt
Dana Goldstein's The Teacher Wars is now in its 5th hardcover printing and the author will be in DC on 11/17 http://ow.ly/E4r56
5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: StudentsFirst Claims 86 Pct Win Rate For Bipartisan Mix Of Candidates
Outside Money, Mixed Results in Austin school board race - The Austin Chronicle http://ow.ly/DVA17
Cunningham's take on midterms2014 includes praise & concern for reformers http://ow.ly/DZbOk
New Jersey Gets No Child Left Behind Waiver Extension - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/DZcPN
High School Graduation Rates at an All-Time High - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/DZbFt
NYT editorial board slams de Blasio school improvement plan for being weak, slow, complicated http://ow.ly/DYbKx
All this and more at @alexanderrusso.
Teachers' Union Bosses Barnstorm Across U.S., AFT Makes Final TV Ad Push - State EdWatch - Education Week http://ow.ly/DKPXt
Your Edu-Watching Guide to the 2014 Mid-Term Elections - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/DKOB5
Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart - The Atlantic http://ow.ly/DKJ3J
For all this and more, see @alexanderrusso.
#5: Sean McComb - 2014 National Teacher Of The Year by Education on Tap http://ow.ly/DAE5O
"A strange shift in overlapping allegiances" [& contributions] in this year's Austin school board race http://ow.ly/Dzss9
States Are [Still] Prioritizing Prisons Over Education, Budgets Show http://ow.ly/DAqxO
White House pool reports President Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama are at Sidwell Friends School 4 parent-teacher confs. 'Tis the season. via @juliehdavis
Oklahoma Teacher Will Have To Quarantine Herself After Trip To Ebola-Free Rwanda http://ow.ly/Du6Qw
Why Marshall Tuck Should Not Be Elected State Superintendent | Diane Ravitch's blog http://ow.ly/DtQla
7 in 10 Young Americans Too Fat, Uneducated, or Criminal to Join Army - Newsweek http://ow.ly/DtPSW
Arne Duncan Talks K-12 Policy in Tennessee, Where It's Somewhat Stalled - Politics K-12 - Education Week http://ow.ly/DtOUU
Here's The Average SAT Score For Every College Major - Business Insider http://ow.ly/DtOfo Education Majors = 1438 combined
Election 2014 Caravan of Delights: Illinois Gubernatorial Race - State EdWatch - Education Week http://ow.ly/DqljU
State schools chief race may reverberate beyond California - LA Times http://ow.ly/DoIgo
Roundup of responses to TIME’s controversial teacher tenure cover story - TIME http://ow.ly/DpUXt
87th school shooting since New Town, reports ThinkProgress http://ow.ly/DoktP
Public Schools... for the rich — Joanne Jacobs http://ow.ly/Dip4x
Just 8 states - AL, KY, NE, MT, ND, SD, VT, WV - still don't allow charters, and AL could be next to fall http://ow.ly/DijMU
Lewis Black Slams Guidance Counselors, Praises Teachers ow.ly/D3Auk
Karen Lewis Returns to Twitter After Brain Tumor Diagnosis | CSN Chicago ow.ly/D3ivF
To Siri, with love - NYT ow.ly/D3Q7R Mother of autistic child writes about how the voice recognition program has helped
AFT & NEA weigh in on all-Dem CA supe race ow.ly/D3GUv
The role of the private sector in education: A convo w/ Chicago Community Trust's Terry Mazany — Chicago Business ow.ly/D3zt5
UMD's Journalism Center on Children and Families (home of Casey Medals) will shut down | Poynter. ow.ly/D3rnm
LAUSD kids under @DrDeasyLAUSD outpaced other urban kids in gains on NAEP in reading & math, but raw scores still well behind big-city avg
De Blasio: Congratulations, @RahmEmanuel for taking steps toward bringing universal pre-k to Chicago’s kids next year.
Ravitch blog reaches 15M pageviews in just over 2 years blog http://ow.ly/CSjd7 Anyone else anywhere near her, including mainstream?
Conservative think-tank paying protestors at Philly teachers union event | Billy Penn http://ow.ly/COKDi
Michelle Obama Recalls Stressful Time In Elementary & High School - DNA Info http://ow.ly/CNqd5
TCRecord: article describes USA's "systematically brutal, flagrantly discriminatory system of education." http://ow.ly/CKP4c
The challenges of a US teaching force that is 81 percent white and overwhelmingly female - TCRecord: Article http://ow.ly/CKPBG
Dropout Nation » A Prayer for Karen Lewis http://ow.ly/CL7vw
Longtime @AnnenbergInst head Warren Simmons stepping down in June, according to press release.
How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs http://ow.ly/Cxka3
Improve education by having teachers recite from e-readers? Hmm. http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/10/is-it-okay-to-make-teachers-read-scripted-lessons/381265/ …
Can We Find A Truce in the Teacher Wars? | EdCentral http://ow.ly/CzIA2
Success Academy Network Has An Extremely Small Lobbying Operation in DC http://feedly.com/e/1n4yS9CN
In These Times reports on pro-reform contributions to Minnesota board race http://ow.ly/CvI6z No mention of union $. Funded by Puffin.
Common Core could help limit impact of teachers' low expectations of minority students, notes CAP report http://ow.ly/CnCin
A year inside the Netherlands' 22 "Steve Jobs" schools http://ow.ly/CnBoN
All this and more at @alexanderrusso.
No Constructive Solutions for Educational Change Offered in The Nation - Education Post http://ow.ly/Cl48q
Why can't the grown-ups get it right on education? - LA Times http://ow.ly/Ckfdu
The inevitable comparison between Uber and school choice - James Courtovich in the WSJ http://ow.ly/C6T4y
Wave of undocumented students challenges schools, costs extra $2K per kid | PBS NewsHour Extra ow.ly/C7oOb
Nearly 5 years in, NYC is "nowhere close to delivering" on Race to the Top promises, writes Steve Brill ow.ly/C82tI
Confessions Of A Six-Figure Father: Why I'd Never Send My Kids To Private School ow.ly/C7oxf
Education key topic in PA, KS, AR, TX campaign debates | MSNBC ow.ly/C3Sgn
The states versus Secretary Duncan — Mediumow.ly/C1h5r Why Mary Fallin has a case but Bobby Jindal doesn’t
Colleges are doing diversity all wrong - Vox ow.ly/C2U6E
With the Right Technology, Can Children Teach Themselves? | MindShift ow.ly/C2WG0
KS Teacher of the Year: The Common Core Is Working in My Classroom - Education Week http://ow.ly/BS0Ei
Three R's For The Digital Age: Rockets, Robots and Remote Control : NPR Ed : NPR http://ow.ly/BSspX
Is the Providence mayoral campaign behind the teachers union contract rejection? | Rhode Island Public Radio http://ow.ly/BRKgR
NB: I'm looking for (unpaid) interns and contributors for Fall 2014 -- pass it along or ping me directly at alexanderrusso at gmail if you're interested in helping out.
Providence RI Teachers Want Contract To Retain "No Layoff" Provision | Rhode Island Public Radio http://ow.ly/BOEXQ
Just 19 years ago today, Bill Clinton proposed getting all American schools online | Poynter. ow.ly/BMCEv
All-Girls Schools Don't Make Girls More Competitive - Pacific Standard ow.ly/BMCwA
NCEE 's Tucker responds to Ravitch and Cody http://ow.ly/3qZsNF
Wendy Kopp: Criticism toward Teach for America is misplaced - The Washington Post http://ow.ly/BHyz3
New MTA head Barbara Madeloni Thinks Tests Are Failing Our Schools http://ow.ly/BHmcU Boston Magazine
"The LEAST Informative School Ranking Ever Developed!" http://ow.ly/BHBN9 Boston Magazine feat. XKCD's Randall Munroe
Hitting your kids is legal in all 50 states TIME ti.me/1ASGwgt [Legal for teachers in 20.]
State appropriations to early care and education programs increased by 3.8% ($368.8 million) in FY 14 - modo.ly/1nNSGRS via @NCSLorg
"When in doubt, blame the teachers and their union." | Diane Ravitch's blog ow.ly/BEDPC
Federal Program Supplies Surplus Military Gear to Schools - WSJ ow.ly/BBy2W [But LAUSD's giving back grenade launchers]
MA vocational schools unable to educate enough - The Boston Globe ow.ly/Bw9cL
"This is not research but pamphlet. Unfortunate misinformation. Myths rather than facts." says Pasi Sahlberg
5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: So, Should We Blame Weak US Education Effects On Flawed Reform Efforts Or Entrenched Interests (Or Both)?
Barely 30 percent of US adults exceed their parents' education level - worse than all but 3 OECD nations ow.ly/Bo9FD
CCSS critics out-debated advocates -- but [spoiler alert/trigger warning!] audience voted for CC anyway - EdWeek ow.ly/BlsUN
Is It Time to Cash in on Charter Schools? I Don’t Think So - NJ Spotlight http://ow.ly/Bk3bU
Newsweek: The Manhattan School That's Helping Immigrant Students Succeed ow.ly/Bl6dp
About 70 percent of America's elementary schools still rely on slow Internet connections. ow.ly/BkDTS
FL district rescinds testing opt-out vote WBBH News http://ow.ly/BiI4n
Former EdTrust/Obama/Kennedy/Pell guy @M_Dannenberg1 is joining Ed Reform Now, "think tank to DFER and others."
Key Players in the Future of Education - OZY http://ow.ly/Bi3pL feat. Ruslyn Ali, John White, Roland Fryer, Mike Johnston, Poland.
Statement from Chancellor Henderson Regarding Washington Post Column http://ow.ly/3qqcDG
Richard Kahlenberg of Century Foundation: “It’s not hard to be pro-union on this panel.” He’s with Michelle Rhee and Mitch Daniels. #nytsft via @scholasticadms
A Rare Virus Plagues Back-to-School Season - Atlantic Mobile http://ow.ly/3qqskJ
On the School-Choice Barricades with Kevin Chavous - WSJ http://ow.ly/Be47y
Atlanta school cheating trial has 12 teachers facing prison - LA Times ow.ly/Bf244
Beyond standardized tests, we need a richer accountability model. Test scores alone aren't enough. msdf.co/1niIsdn
States Collaborate to Keep Track of Students http://ow.ly/Be1NN - Stateline
Ravitch & Deasy scheduled to be on Tavis Smiley tonight (separately, I presume) http://ow.ly/Be3Hm
The Ivy League Is Broken -- and Only Standardized Tests Can Fix It http://ow.ly/B8VE5
"Brave Teen Refuses to Attend Middle School, Chooses Jail Instead" http://feedly.com/e/qRPVk_g1
Student demographics are rapidly changing but teacher demographics aren't keeping up: http://bddy.me/1AaDLH0
Michele Cahill leaving Carnegie Corp of NY as of 9/12ow.ly/B6zER LaVerne Evans Srinivasan will be acting VP for ed
"Google Will Refund At Least $19 Million for Kids' In-App Purchases" feedly.com/e/kMGzBDW7
Why a tough year for America’s Democrats could be a good opportunity for the party’s far left - Quartz ow.ly/B3ujx
Teachers in Reno embrace the Common Core | American RadioWorks | ow.ly/B3caB
The Battle for NYC Schools: Moskowitz vs. de Blasio - NYT Sunday Magazine - http://ow.ly/B2FWF Anything new or different here?
So many school stories on the first day of a new year -- some of them good, many pro forma, very few breaking through #edjourn
CPS outpaces charter schools in improvements, especially in reading - Chicago Sun-Times http://ow.ly/AZjOL
NPR's Ominous "The End Of Neighborhood Schools" in NOLA http://ow.ly/B07wu But isn't that what Cambridge, MA has?
Ferguson area teachers given directives on how to talk about Michael Brown | Al Jazeera America ow.ly/APrPg
A Simple Education App [Remind] May Reach The Top Of The App Store Charts ow.ly/APpkq
More Research On Precisely What Works for English Language Learners | EdCentral ow.ly/APrRY
Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes - NYT ow.ly/AQ8gn "The conversation always circles back to the iPhone 6"
25 High Schools "Doing the Most With the Least" - includes Noble Street - The Daily Beast ow.ly/ANgzm
Most of Chicago's Little League Champs attend magnet or charter schools, reports ABC News http://ow.ly/AMc2L
"Gadflies' latest attacks on New York's Common Core exams are the most ignorant yet." Oped in the NYDN ow.ly/AK5PL
The case for cop AND teacher cams - Chicago Tribune ( Reihan Salam) ow.ly/AHgIY
Two Spencer Fellow books reviewed in same edition of the NYT -- including one written by a 3rd Spencer
Students Aren't Getting Enough Sleep—School Starts Too Early - The Atlantic ow.ly/AHff7
All this and more at @alexanderrusso.
5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Google Wants Kids To Have GMail (Apparently Unaware That Kids Don't Use Email Anymore)
Common Core for Young Learners Educators tackle challenges in the early grades ow.ly/AuHJO
Google May Start Handing Out Gmail Accounts to Kids - The Wire ow.ly/AuQ9u But how to do so without violating COPPA?
Nonwhite student body is now the majority, but most white students won't know (because neighborhood assignment) - Vox ow.ly/AuSWz
Gates touts teacher tools ow.ly/AuKcr feat. BetterLesson, ThinkCERCA, LightSail, FineTune, Edmodo, BloomBoard
The Los Angeles Unified School District ducks out of trigger law, cites federal waiver | Deseret News ow.ly/AuLAe