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Education Reform Has Gone Mainstream
posted by: Alix | September 21, 2010, 11:04 am   

If you caught Oprah yesterday afternoon you would have noticed that the new film, Waiting for "Superman" was showcased and revered as a new mainstream documentary about what is wrong with our schools.

Oprah is doing a real service to her mainstream audience by focusing an hour of her show to the argument for real education reform. With this film and positive support from media powerhouses like Oprah, Director Davis Guggenheim will be able to reach average, everyday Americans, who, no doubt, will be outraged when they see this film.

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Teachers Boycott Back-to-School Night, Infuriating Parents
posted by: Colin | September 20, 2010, 04:50 pm   

Parents, you took time out of your busy day to come to your child's school, to get involved, to learn about what they are learning, and to meet their teacher.  But what if the teachers don't even bother to show up?

That was the situation at one Pennsylvania school district when 150 parents arrived on back-to-school night only to find that the teachers, battling the district over a three-year contract dispute, decided to skip out on the annual tradition. Continue Reading...

New Study Released on Attracting Best and Brightest to Teaching Profession
posted by: Alix | September 20, 2010, 02:11 pm   

Today, McKinsey and Company released a thought- provoking study entitled, Closing the Talent Gap: Attracting and Retaining Top-Third Graduates to Careers in Teaching.

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Stranger Than Fiction: Body Piercing for a Higher Power?
posted by: Alix | September 17, 2010, 03:41 pm   

Fourteen-year-old Ariana Iacono of North Carolina was suspended on the first day of school for violating her school’s dress code policy. What is it this time, too short of a skirt, a politically incorrect t-shirt, or maybe electric-blue hair?

No, Ariana was suspended for wearing a nose ring—a violation of the no-piercing policy at Clayton High School.  In fact, this is the third time she’s been suspended for the small stud in her nose. Her unique defense is what has been landing national headlines. Continue Reading...

Positive Postcards
posted by: Jill | September 15, 2010, 10:30 am   

“Miss! My mom got the postcard you sent! ” exclaims Andrea through a genuine grin of pleasure.

Searching for more positive reinforcement ideas?  Postcards.  All discipline plans need to address the consequences of student behavior.   And remember, consequences can also be positive.  Sending postcards was one of my positive reinforcement techniques. Continue Reading...

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