Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Got Poverty? Studies highlight troubles low-wage workers face, the effects on their children

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Got Poverty?  Studies highlight troubles low-wage workers face, the effects on their children
The Washington Independent, By Mikhail Zinshteyn | 07.11.11 | 6:00 pm
Education reformers who maintain poverty is often a major hurdle in teaching students received a much needed boost last Thursday. Paul Tough wrote in New York Times Magazine that school reformers reliant on charter schools and turnaround models are guilty of offering excuses for their limited progress in educating low-income students.


What Works: Beaver Valley IU Regional Choice Initiative
Coordinated by the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit on behalf of 16 area school districts, the Regional Choice Initiative creates a collaborative partnership that strengthens the academic infrastructure and increases overall student achievement.  The program is funded by the US Dept. of Education's Voluntary Public School Choice Grant.


Union Chief Faults School Reform From 'On High'

New York Times By ALAN SCHWARZ, Published: July 11, 2011
WASHINGTON — Amid one of the most contentious periods in recent memory for teachers' unions, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, on Monday called for education reform that emanates from teachers and their communities, rather than from "those who blame teachers for everything."

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/12/2011

How important is class size after all?

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog By Valerie Strauss
This was written by Marion Brady, veteran teacher, administrator, curriculum designer and author.
By Marion Brady
At a dinner honoring Mark Hopkins, president of Williams College from 1836 to 1872, President James A. Garfield said, "The ideal college is Mark Hopkins on one end of a log and a student on the other."

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