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Do NOT Do That: A Teacher’s List for Herself
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 08, 2010, 11:17 am   


There are many helpful lists of what we should do to as educators. But what should be avoided?

Many thanks to Melissa Kelly, Secondary Education Guide over at, who provides ten ideas of what not to do. Click on the article's link to read a further explanation.
Michelle Rhee to Start National Reform Movement
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 07, 2010, 07:34 pm   

Since Michelle Rhee's recent resignation as Chancellor of Washington, D.C. public schools, a lot of coverage has been devoted to where she will go next. If you caught the Oprah Show yesterday Michelle Rhee has ended the speculation and rumors with a special announcement and accompanying essay in Newsweek. Rhee has decided not to take any one job with a state or individual school system, rather start a national group called Students First.
One Utah School Ahead of the Digital Learning Pack
posted by: Cindy Omlin | December 02, 2010, 01:02 pm   

In recent years, reformers and policy makers have stressed the need for incorporating technology in education. New technologies have revolutionized how we live our lives from shopping to business; why not incorporate them into the classroom? In November, the Department of Education released a technology plan through their Office of Educational Technology entitled, Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology. In presenting the plan to the public, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has recognized one digital school in particular as a model for others to follow, Open High School in Utah.
New Developments in the Class Size Debate
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 30, 2010, 03:42 pm   

A few years ago, class size seemed to be one of the most talked about classroom policies. Smaller class sizes would lessen the load on an educator and give students a more individualized classroom experience, right? Well, just as fast as class sizes went down, they are now creeping back up and gaining attention in certain states struggling with budget shortfalls.
Conservatives Advocate a Change in Course
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 29, 2010, 01:56 pm   

Heritage Foundation blogger Jennifer Marshall argues that since the mid-sixties when the federal government waded into local education policy with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), countless billions have been spent to close the achievement gap with neglible effect. 

Marshall advocates a "bold new course on education" that includes three top priorities related to spending, local decision making, and parental choice in education.  She also advises that states tackle the teacher pension problem (now estimated to be unfunded by roughly $933 billion) and systemic education reform ideas at the state level that empower parents, students, teachers and taxpayers.

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