This week, PR News magazine recognized its PR People of the Year. One of the leading communications publications in the nation, PR News seeks to honor the best of the best in the field, everything from community relations to media relations, social media to agency leader, top agency to top PR team.
Yesterday, educators across the country participated in “A Day of Action,” a series of events across the country that, according to Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post, “sponsors hope will draw national attention to the problems of corporate-influenced school reform and to build a national movement to change the public education conversation and to increase funding for schools.”
On the latest installment of BAM Education Radio’s Common Core radio program, we take a look at last week’s PISA scores release and their implications for CCSS implementation across the country.
It looks like we won’t “Light My Candle” in Trumbull, Connecticut. Last week, the principal at Trumbull High School canceled the school’s Thespian Society’s plans to perform the musical Rent. Principal Marc Guarino has the final say in such decisions, so spiked the students’ decision to put on the award-winning musical.
In 1990, I had the honor and privilege to be at Spelman College as the nation’s historically black colleges and universities came together to honor Nelson Mandela. Mandela had just been released from prison. HBCU after HBCU presented him with honorary degrees, both in recognition for his sacrifice and for the hope and promise he was now to bring to his country and to the world.
Just about everywhere, it seems discussions on the Common Core State Standards (particularly their implementation and assessment) are fairly nasty. No, CCSS isn’t going anywhere (despite the wishes of some). But instead of focusing on the implementation and how we do a better job, it seems to be all about fights and absolutes and final lines in the sand.
As my daughter was enjoying her kindergarten year, I used to cringe whenever I spent time in her classroom. She had a caring teacher, walls full of books and other learning materials, and a relatively small class. So why my reaction? Each time I was in the room, my eyes were drawn to a large handwritten sign that was the focal point of the wall. And in the middle of that sign was a significant grammatical error.
“We are no longer completing book essays. Instead, we are completing weekly reader responses. This is handed out on Mondays and are not due to the following Monday. I have required that three entries be completed by Friday as a way to monitor their time. All directions are located on their response log!”