Eleven Civil Rights Groups Urge Obama to Drop Test-Based K-12 "Accountability" System
The Answer Sheet blog, The Washington Post, October 28, 2014
Note the new report from the Center for American Progress: Testing Overload in American Schools
Coalition Wants New School Accountability
U.S. News & World Report, October 28, 2014
Report Revamping Student Testing
EdSource, October 21, 2014
Watch as NCTE member Cathy Fleischer talks about "Understanding the Importance of Formative Assessment."
Note the NCTE position statement Formative Assessment That Truly Informs Instruction.
NCTE member Scott Filkins writes: "Formative Assessment: It's Teaching, Not Tools": Literacy in Learning Exchange, October 6, 2014
Reflections on Collaboration and Assessment
Literacy & NCTE blog, October 24, 2014
Follow the discussion in the Using Evidence to Guide Teaching and Learning online course. Just establish a login and ask to follow the group.
Exit Slips, ReadWriteThink.org Resource
"Sketching as Response and Assessment: From Misunderstanding to Better Instruction": Voices from the Middle, December 2013
Teachers as Leaders
Study: Use of Teacher Leadership Expands
Chalkbeat Tennessee, October 24. 2014
Note: Teach to Lead is an initiative from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and the US Department of Education. The community is fueled by educators to share and collaborate on promising ideas to advance teacher leadership to address pressing problems in education. Have ideas? Talk about them in the Teach to Lead community.
There will be three Teach to Lead regional Teacher Leadership Summits, one each in Louisville, KY (December 6-7, 2014); Denver, CO (January 2015); and Boston, MA (February 2015). Think about attending!
From an ASCD SmartBrief Poll
If a state desired to cultivate teacher-leaders, what do you think would be the most effective strategy?
Provide additional compensation to teachers with leadership roles. 36.53%
Establish a teacher-leader network to support collaboration. 35.60%
Adopt a formal teacher-leader licensure or certification program. 16.39%
Develop or adopt teacher-leader performance standards. 7.03%
NCTE Convention Highlight:
"Blurring the Lines between Teaching and Leading," Saturday, November 22, 1:15-2:30 p.m.
Two United States Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellows, Emily Davis and Maddie Fennell, will provide an overview of the policies and initiatives they have been discussing with teachers in the field and discuss with participants their questions and comments on some of the burning issues. The session will also cover the Teach to Lead initiative, which is a Departmental effort to advise teacher leadership from the classroom and show educators how they can participate.
Collaborating in Schools and Beyond
In Pinellas Schools, Parents Spell "Success"
The St. Petersburg Tribune, October 19, 2014
Teresa Ramos talks about Working with Parents and the Community.
See dozens of articles on collaboration from the Literacy in Learning Exchange.
Rural Schools Praised in Columbus Stop by US Education Chief Duncan
The Columbus Dispatch, October 28, 2014
Note that NCTE has received a grant in partnership with Rural School & Community Trust, the Institute for Educational Leadership, and First Book to work on early childhood literacy in rural schools in five different states; representatives from these schools will be attending the NCTE Annual Convention.
NCTE Convention Highlight:
Day of Early Childhood, Saturday, November 22, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
How to Treat Adjuncts
Inside Higher Ed, October 24, 2014
Note these NCTE position statements: "Statement on the Status and Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty" and "Statement from the Conference on the Growing Use of Part-Time and Adjunct Faculty"
Do You Need a Residency Program for Your Next Group of Teachers?
NEA has prepared guidelines for teacher residencies. District Administration, October 21, 2014
Three Lessons from the Science of How to Teach Writing
Education by the Numbers blog, The Hechinger Report, October 27, 2014
See NCTE's "Beliefs about the Teaching of Writing."