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micdotcom: Hundreds of Colorado students are fighting back…

September 29th, 2014 No comments


Hundreds of Colorado students are fighting back against dangerous text book changes

A Colorado school district has come under fire for trying to change its history curriculum — and its own students have schooled it on what real American history is.

Earlier this month, the school district of Jefferson County, Colo. — the second-largest district in the state — announced it was considering a change to the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.”

If the proposal passes, the district’s conservative-majority school board would establish a committee to review textbooks and other classroom materials to see if they meet this new criteria. In other words, any textbook that didn’t seem “patriotic enough” (an aggressively arbitrary and potentially very dangerous label) would be cut. 

So teachers and students walked out | Follow micdotcom 

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gjmueller: The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls For…

September 28th, 2014 No comments


The Mis-Education Of African-American Girls

For young women of color, progress has been painfully slow, says a new report from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and the National Women’s Law Center. The report argues that gender and racial stereotypes — combined with unequal distribution of school resources and overly punitive disciplinary practices, among other factors — have created a climate where African-American girls are more likely than any other group of girls to be suspended, expelled or held back entirely.

The report shows that African-American girls are doing worse than the national average for girls on almost every measure of academic achievement. Globally, the United Nations has warned that gender inequality in education wastes vital human capital and stifles economic growth. As one of its Millennium Development Goals, the U.N. set an ambitious objective of eliminating the gender gap in education at all levels by 2015.

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September 21st, 2014 No comments



Congratulations to all the authors and books longlisted for the National Book Award, including the following diverse titles:

  • Gail Giles, Girls Like Us (Candlewick Press)
  • Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers)
  • Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic Press)
  • Andrew Smith, 100 Sideways Miles (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
  • Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)
  • Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA))   
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Any student teachers/teachers have experience with edTPA?

September 15th, 2014 No comments


What was it like?


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All buddies have been assigned. Please check your e-mails.

September 9th, 2014 No comments

If you signed up and did not receive a buddy or an e-mail saying you do not qualify to participate, please e-mail me ASAP.  These takes me several hours to do, so there’s always a chance I made a mistake or two!


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September 9th, 2014 No comments

Tumblr User slbaybo tried to participate in buddies last school year.  As with all people new to buddies, I check their tumblrs to make sure they a) are on tumblr, b) working in a school or in a degree program and c) have been on Tumblr for a significant amount of time.   You all trust me with your information, and I am not going to give it to someone I think is questionable.

That being said, Slbaybo didn’t meet the criteria last year.  He attempted to sign up this year.  Last year, he sent me angry e-mails and messages and then tried to contact members of #education to be his buddy AND THEN tried to contact #education members to meet him.  Due to this sketchy behavior, he is not allowed to participate.   

I highly suggest ignoring/blocking him if he contacts you.

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When will we find out who our buddy is?

September 7th, 2014 No comments

Seeing as we get 50-100 sign ups, it takes a while to do the assignments.  Also, it is only one person working on it (and I have a full time teaching gig). Since the sign ups just ended, your patience is appreciated.

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"Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called…"

September 2nd, 2014 No comments

Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.

With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s more than 600 public schools.

BBB is being completely disingenuous with her statement that the “[hiring] pool is diminished”. If it seems like there aren’t enough interested librarians it’s because 1. CPS has a complicated and stupid hiring process and it’s not easy to get into the “Teacher Quality Pool” and 2. The existing school librarians were either pushed out or reassigned to classroom instruction. 

The sad fact is that with CPS’ per-pupil budgeting, anything considered “nonessential” is probably not going to get funded and unlike PE or Art (both of which I completely and totally support for all students), there are no mandated set of required hours for Library instruction. 

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Fall Semester Buddies!

August 31st, 2014 No comments

During the course of this semester, you will be asked to mail 1-2 cards, notes of encouragement etc.   Actual gift items are up to you, but please know that we all know money is tight and it is unlikely that you will receive a gift (so don’t feel like you have to).  You are also welcome to make something for your buddy.  

Whether you reveal yourself right away or not, is up to you.  I think it is more fun to wait until the end.

You may put notes of encouragement in their ask box, send fan mail, or spend a little extra time thinking of solutions to problems they may face.

International teachers are welcome.  So are pre-service teachers / student teachers.

You must have an active tumblr that has been on tumblr for over a month in order to participate.

Tumblr, Girlwithalessonplan, and I are not liable for any lost items, or other problems that occur due to this program.  You submit your address and agree to participate at your own risk.

Please answer the survey questions and send them to positivelypt (at) gmail (dot) com

*Note:  I am unable to reassign buddies mid-round.  You get who you get, so please DO NOT sign up if there’s a chance you won’t be able to follow through on your end of the bargain.  This is a short round, so it is easier for some to participate.  For those that travel a lot — maybe not so much.

Sign ups end 9/3/2014

  1. Tumblr name: 
  2. Address to mail items:
  3. Are you willing to mail to a participant outside of the U.S.:  
  4. Grade Level: 
  5. Subject Taught: 
  6. Favorite Color: 
  7. Favorite Candy: 
  8. Favorite Food: 
  9. When I want to treat myself, I 
  10. Interests outside of teaching: 
  11. Guilty Pleasure: 
  12. Anything else you want your buddy to know?
  13. T-shirt size:
  14. Favorite Office Supply:
  15. Favorite books:
  16. Do you belong to any fandoms?
  17. Please list any buddies you have already had so that I do not have to go searching through e-mails for that information. 
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August 29th, 2014 No comments



Challenge your students to enter this amazing contest.  Help end childhood hunger in the U.S. Teens can make a difference.  $5,000 in prizes.

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