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“Education House Call”

Topics this week included Common Core State Standards, testing and implementation, and student needs. Guests were Dr. Elfreda Massie, former interim superintendent of DC Public Schools, and Dr. Barbara Dezmon, former assistant superintendent of schools in Baltimore County. The conversation brought 60+ years of experience in education, administration, and professional development to the Education Town…

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New #EduColor Resources, Code-Switching

Some in the education world may already be familiar with EduColor, a loose collective of teachers, parents, students, and others promoting honest talk about race in education and ensuring that diverse voices are heard. Beginning this week, #Educolor is easier to find and follow because the group just launched a website and biweekly newsletter. As…

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Heal Our Schools: documentary on teaching, testing, and more

Laurie Gabriel, veteran teacher and videography, joined the Education Town Hall to discuss the latest version of her documentary film, “Heal Our Schools” (formerly “Hear Our Teachers). The film highlights “virtually cost-free answers to the education crisis” based on real educators’ experience and vision. Gabriel is a veteran teacher and videographer. She has taught grades…

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ESEA Moving Forward & Opt Out Growing on the April BUS

Re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act is on its way to the Senate floor amid a growing movement to “opt out” of standardized testing tied for decades to ESEA funding. This month’s BUS program presents the latest on both stories: Rosalie Friend of SOS March analyzes the federal legislation with a focus on…

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Testocracy and Teaching for Change Bookstore

The most damning truth about standardized tests is that they are a better indicator of a student’s zip code than a student’s aptitude. Wealthier, and predominantly whiter, districts score better on tests. Their scores do not reflect the intelligence of wealthier, and mostly white students when compared to those of lower-income students and students of…