Monthly Archives: January 2016

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When a “21st century” student walks through the doors of a Baltimore County Public School, the phone in her pocket automatically connects to the BCPS guest network, helping itself to a little sip of the finite bandwidth available.  As more … Continue reading

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Yours sincerely, Anonymous #teacherexpertise

Teachers in our district, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), are increasingly reluctant to share concerns about teaching conditions for fear of retribution.  Although the Teachers Association of Baltimore County (TABCO) has traditionally been strong and has avenues for grievances, the … Continue reading

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Destruction of our Schools/

Ever heard of Second Order Change?  SOC has been presented to Baltimore County Public  Schools faculty and staff as the only way to improve education and close the achievement gap.  Now consider this from a Florida state representative:  “Policy is … Continue reading

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How Public is Public Information?

Originally published January 26, 2016 Recently our attention was drawn to the much touted Speak Up Survey, part of Project Tomorrow, which is funded by educational technology companies.  Each year across the nation, many school districts use the results of the … Continue reading

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Teachers Afraid to Speak Up? #teacherexpertise

Valerie Strauss has an article in today’s Washington Post about teachers all over the country who are afraid to disagree about what and how they are teaching.  I know that teachers in our district are reticent.  No one want to … Continue reading

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Follow-up in LA

Most of us have heard about the debacle in the Los Angeles Unified School District with their 1:1 initiative.  An article in The Los Angeles Times last week reported on a study done of what went wrong in LA.  While … Continue reading

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PARCC Scores

  Originally published on January 20, 2016 As requested, I am re-posting the PARCC report on Lighthouse schools in the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) in light of the discussion last night at the Board of Education about a lack … Continue reading

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STAT Facts, Figures and Questions

Today’s Towson Flyer features an excellent Op-Ed by Joanne Simpson, a parent in the Baltimore County Public Schools.  Simpson is also a professional free lance writer.  The article gives a thorough description of the cost of STAT, (Students and Teachers … Continue reading

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Another great one from Valerie…

  Valerie Strauss covers education for The Washington Post and has featured another teacher/blogger.  This one is  by Emily Kaplan, an elementary teacher from Boston. I love the points she make about develomentally appropriate activites.  About 20 years ago we … Continue reading

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Air Conditioning

Why would anyone worry about air conditioning in schools?  After all, it’s only about 70% women and children affected.  OK, enough sarcasm. Please take a monent to watch the video by Lily Rowe where she speaks to the leadership of … Continue reading

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