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Weeknote 30/2014

What I've been up to this week.


Court Deals Blow to Ohio’s Authorizer Autonomy

To have a high-quality charter school sector, a state needs high-quality authorizing. This depends mostly on getting the right policies and practices in place. But a recent ruling by Ohio...


Five Totally Doable Things to Improve Head Start

A lot of what’s needed to improve early childhood education costs money–lots of it. These costs are one of the major barriers to progress in improving access to quality presch...


Today in History, July 25th

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, July 25th! 1394 Charles VI of France issues a decree for the general expulsion of Jews from France. 1564 Maximillian I...


Poetry Friday -- You Are There

You Are Thereby Erica JongYou are there.You have always beenthere.Even when you thoughtyou were climbing you had already arrived.Even when you werebreathing hard,you were at rest.Even the...


License Plate Find-It Game from Little Passports

License Plate Find-It Game from Little Passports You’re packing up the car with bags, swimwear, card games and coloring books. You have just about everything you need for a magical ...


The Politics of Teacher Evaluation Formulas

As states revamp their teacher evaluation systems, they continue to search for that magic number: the percentage of a teacher evaluation rating that should be based on student academic pe...


Explain the Intervention {Behavior Contingency Maps}

Some of these behavior interventions are confusing for us to understand so how the heck are our kids going to understand these contingencies? Visuals to the rescue! Behavioral Contingency...


Edujob: Director Of Communications @ IDEA Pubilc Schools

IDEA Public Schools (Bellwether client) is a successful network of high-peforming public charter schools operating in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.  They’re seeking a Director of ...


Today in History, July 24th

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, July 24th! 1505 On their way to India, a group of Portuguese explorers sack the city-state of Kilwa. 1567 Mary, Queen ...


10 Questions To Ask Anyone Proposing to Block Grant Head Start

Proposals to block grant Head Start are much like Lamar Alexander’s long-running “Pell Grants for Kids” proposal—a perennial conservative education policy idea that can be used year after...


Americans Stink at Math (But We’re Much Better Now)

Elizabeth Green’s story for Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, “Why Do Americans Stink at Math?” is a must-read. Green illustrates our national struggles with math ...


Small Art

Anybody who's been around me or this blog for very long probably knows that I am a huge fan of Hugh MacLeod (gapingvoid.com). I get a cartoon a day in my email very weekday and many of th...



XP Malware Support Countdown Clock

Thanks to the folks at , we now have an end of Windows XP Malware Support Countdown Clock:View original version (via 10ZIG Technology).For more on 10ZiG, feel free to visit: htt...


Shortchanging Teachers

Shortchanged, a TNTP report released last week, takes a harsh look at current “lockstep” teacher pay systems, which reward teachers for time in the classroom and advanced degrees rather t...


How Teachers Cause Problem Behaviors

Caught your attention with that title didn’t I? The terror! The horror! A well-intentioned, seasoned teacher unknowingly causing and increasing problem behaviors. Could you be one o...


Renewing Head Start’s Promise

Today, Bellwether and Results for America are releasing a new paper I wrote on Head Start. The paper looks at the results of the reforms made to Head Start in the 2007 reauthorizationR...


Today in History, July 23rd

A few of the great historical events that happened today in history, July 23rd! 1540 Thomas Cromwell is beheaded on Tower Hill in England. 1627 Sir George Calvert arrives in Newfoundland ...


Readers Front and Center by Dorothy Barnhouse

Readers Front & Center: Helping All Students Engage with Complex Textby Dorothy Barnhouse     Stenhouse, 2014This is a book about LISTENING."We can't teach people if we...


InSearchOf: College Docs, Mental Stability and Peace @evernote @arguhlin

About This Blog Entry: A quick thanks to university student, GIS expert (as far as I'm concerned), and this week's Around the Corner guest blogger, Aida Guhlin (@arguhlin), for sharing he...


Backing Up and Sharing Your Evernote Notebooks

As I shared in this article, 3 Steps to Walkthrough Checklists in Evernote, you can easily export notebooks from Evernote. In this case, “export" means save your entire notebook as a...


Ain’t No Party Like a Common Core Party But a Common Core Party May Stop

K-12 education is planning a Common Party (Theme: College- and Career-Ready Standards.) The party’s been planned for years. States, districts, schools, teachers, and parents have spent co...


Tokens as Reinforcers {for Multiply Controlled Behaviors}

When I hear multiply controlled behaviors, I immediately think – token economy. There are a ton of reasons why I love token economies but their ability to account for multiple funct...


Five Reasons Education Reformers Should Care About Head Start

On Wednesday, Bellwether and Results for America are going to publish a new paper I’ve written on how to renew Head Start’s promise for disadvantaged preschoolers. Head Start ...