Who Is Charlotte Danielson and Why Does She Decide How Teachers Are Evaluated?
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Who Is Charlotte Danielson and Why Does She Decide How Teachers Are Evaluated?

A New York Times editorial endorsed the state imposed teacher evaluation system for New York City as “an important and necessary step toward carrying out the rigorous new Common Core education reforms.” The system is based on the Danielson Framework for Teaching developed by Charlotte Danielson and marketed by the Danielson Group of Princeton, New Jersey. Michael Mulgrew, … Continue reading

A teacher’s troubling account of giving a 106-question standardized test to 11 year olds
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A teacher’s troubling account of giving a 106-question standardized test to 11 year olds

We’re just a month into school and already the testing madness has begun. Many Pittsburgh Public School students have just taken their first round of standardized tests, and it’s time to ask some serious questions about their purpose, the ever-increasing number of tests, and the impact on our children. Let’s start with this troubling account … Continue reading

Florida superintendents poised to support ‘realistic transition’ to Common Core
Education in the News

Florida superintendents poised to support ‘realistic transition’ to Common Core

In the Florida Association of District School Superintendents board of directors’ 2014 legislative platform, the superintendents note that the purpose of an accountability system is to help improve student performance. Yet Florida’s system, in which student scores rise but school grades drop, has created a confidence crisis. “We need to pause and revamp the accountability … Continue reading

Classroom 2.0: Why Florida Schools Are Going Digital
Education in the News

Classroom 2.0: Why Florida Schools Are Going Digital

By the fall of 2015, half of classroom instruction must use digital materials. Advocates argue access and customization are the biggest advantages to digital instruction. Students often find digital instruction more engaging — pull out those smart phones and Wi-Fi enabled iPods, students — and the materials can be more interactive and easily updated. Critics argue there’s … Continue reading