Teachers report students are learning more with technologyhttp://sbne.ws/r/52I5 (from ASCD)
Short-term pain relief or long-term improvement? That seems to be the choice that is currently facing Congress, as the House debates how to fund “edujobs,” the federal relief necessary to supposedly save hundreds of thousands of teachers’ jobs in this difficult economy.
EdTrust: unequal access to good schools in Cali — http://tinyurl.com/32gsjy7
Boston charters are seeking major expansion http://sbne.ws/r/525Z (from ASCD)
Spellings to teach at Harvard this fall – http://bit.ly/d0S7uD
Grading Houston ISD’s Grier — http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7083522.html
Sadly, Eduflack awoke this morning to learn that U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia had passed away, at the age of 92. Senator Byrd was a true institution, a policymaker, a statesman, a voice for the voiceless, and a true senator in the classical definition of the word.
In our nation’s capital yesterday, President Barack Obama reissued his call to get fathers more involved in their children’s lives. Calling for “responsible fatherhood,” the President noted that fathers (Eduflack included) need to be part of their kids’ lives “not just with words, but with deeds.”
I propose you actually establish an Office of Family and Community Engagement, an authorized body at the Assistant Secretary level that can get information into the hands of those who need it most. The most recent regs from ED show that the current infrastructure isn’t getting it done. If you’re serious about greater family involvement, turning off the TVs, and such, make the commitment to Family Engagement (and we do have to think beyond the traditional mother/father nuclear parent family structure). EdTrust has today’s student attaining education at lower rates than their parents. That is a travesty. And the responsibility falls on the family. Parents are our first, and most durable, of teachers. Equip them with information, help them build the paths and help them paint the picture of the value and need for education. Create this new office, have it collaborate with OESE, OCO, and others, and see the impact of effectively collaborating with families and the community at large on education improvement.
ASU is offering online certificate program in Web-based teaching http://sbne.ws/r/4Z5o (from ASCD)