Wednesday, September 19, 2007

CEE Member in the News

CEE member Janet Swenson is quoted in Alfie Kohn's commentary, "Against ‘Competitiveness’: Why good teachers aren't thinking about the global economy" in this week's Education Week. Read it here (registration required).

Monday, September 17, 2007

More Time for NATE

Andy Goodwyn at the University of Reading tells me that NATE has extended the deadline for program proposals for its April conference for two weeks. Information on the conference can be found on the NATE web site.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

CEE Members and NCLB

A couple of suggested items from CEE members on the NCLB front: Patti Stock points us to Linda Darling-Hammond's September 10 testimony before the House Education and Labor Committee and Michael Moore, as evidence of how difficult it will be to change some minds, directs our attention to this recent NY Times editorial. You might also want to look at the stand being taken by the over 300,000 members of the California Teachers Association (which isn't making George Miller happy). I'm now betting that the law won't get reauthorized until after the elections next fall.

Monday, September 10, 2007

The More Things Change

According to an Orlando Sentinel special report on Florida's merit pay system, "teachers at predominantly white and affluent schools were twice as likely to get a bonus as teachers from schools that are predominantly black and poor." Read the rest here.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

NCLB and More NCLB

Here's an update from Education Week's David Hoff on the back-and-forth that's been going on between Ed. Secretary Spellings and Congressman Miller about NCLB reauthorization. It sounds as though Miller is sticking to his support for multiple measures (part of NCTE's legislative platform). Notice also that the last paragraph of Hoff's post says the rest of the Miller-McKeon discussion draft, including the parts that address Reading First and teacher quality, will be out today.

Only Fifty Years?

The September 2007 issue of Harper's has a piece by Peter Schrag that's worth a trip to the newsstand (because it's not available online). The title should tell you enough: "Schoolhouse Crock: Fifty Years of Blaming America's Educational System for Our Stupidity."