Much Ado About English: IFTE Conference 2011
Please plan to attend the 2011 International Federation for the Teaching of English (IFTE) conference at the University of Auckland, April 18-21. The conference promises to deliver something special for all teachers and teacher educators who attend. The conference will have four key strands: Literacies and Literatures, Diversity and Voice, English Teachers @ Work, and New Technologies, New Practices.
For more information and details about how to register, please see http://www.ifte.net/ConferenceFront.htm (when you get there, click on OPEN).
Note that proposals are due September 1.
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
More enlightening is this exchange between Diane Ravitch and Mike Rose.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
In Arizona, ethnic studies courses are being banned and state superintendent of public instruction Tom Horne says he doesn't like Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
The National Writing Project has posted links to some great articles about how writing supports reading.
And finally, here's some research support for using literacy coaches, (especially in schools where teachers have real authority and strong relationships with their peers).
Monday, May 10, 2010
Friday, May 07, 2010
Scene: Last fall, at the MI Association of Public School Academies conference. A panel featuring an array of high-profile leadership figures in Detroit is asked about the most effective strategies for fixing schools in Detroit. Surprisingly, nobody mentions more charters. One of the panelists suggests that Teach for America would make a big difference. A former corps member herself, she refers to TFA as the Peace Corps of Teaching.
Q from the audience: Wow, that sounds great! What special training do TFA members get before they come to Detroit? Special classes for working in tough urban districts? Do they student teach here first?
Panelist: Ummm. Well, there's this five-week summer seminar called Institute that's, like, intense. But mostly, they're graduates of top colleges who have to compete to get into the program. They're the best and the brightest!
Sitting at a table with several DPS NBCTs and a Milken winner, I hear one mutter something about also being the cheapest. And--in the end--it is about money, more or less.
Read the whole thing here.
Monday, May 03, 2010
On the other hand, as I said in a previous post, I know there are some teacher ed. programs that have built productive relationships with charters.