Virtual School Meanderings

August 11, 2012

Worth A Read

From Friday’s inbox…

Worth A Read

Responding to the Gates Foundation: How do we Consider Evidence of Learning in Teacher Evaluations?

Posted: 07 Aug 2012 09:00 PM PDT

Anthony Cody engages in another dialogue with the Gates foundation regarding teacher evaluations, student data, and high-stakes testing. Find Vicki Philips post on the Measures of Effective Teaching from the Gates Foundation here. You can also find links to all responses in this 5-part conversation on our Facebook Page.
Why teachers quit-and why we can’t fire our way to excellence

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 09:00 PM PDT

Aaron Pallas looks at two recent reports and explores teacher motivation and effectiveness. Find links to the reports here and here.
Researchers Sound Alarm Over Black Student Suspensions

Posted: 06 Aug 2012 09:00 PM PDT

Researchers at the Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles, based at UCLA used federal data collected from school districts and found that black children with disabilities have a higher rate of suspension. Find more on Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice in a recent brief funded by the Great Lakes Center here.
Effects of Charter Enrollment on Newark District Enrollment

Posted: 05 Aug 2012 09:00 PM PDT

Bruce Baker takes another look at charter school enrollment in Newark, NJ.
Addressing Poverty in Schools

Posted: 26 Jul 2012 09:00 PM PDT

Joe Nocera discusses a speech from 2010 by Dr. Pamela Cantor entitled “Innovative Designs for Persistently Low-Performing Schools.” Nocera’s column discusses the role of poverty in schools, the solutions to fight the effects of poverty, and designing schools to deal better with poverty.

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