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Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should be Asking

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears I have laid out a set of ten questions that parents should be asking their child’s teachers and school administrators. Feel free to share and/or print it out and bring it with you … Continue reading Digital Curriculum: Questions Parents Should be Asking

2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

Reposted with permission from  Missouri Education Watchdog. …in short, it’s not Blended Learning in my definition if you’re not changing your staffing model and that’s where this gets tough because you’re talking about differentiated staffing. That means different levels, and distributed teaching. That means some … Continue reading 2011 Video: Personalized Learning’s Plan to Replace Teachers? “It means a different staffing model which costs less and works better”

24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

After an exhausting presidential election, those in power expect us to checkout and stop paying attention. Here’s a few good reason to stay vigilant. In Washington State, the race for Superintendent of Public Instruction was very close. Chris Reykdal ended … Continue reading 24 Graduation Credits, OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal, and the Push for Competency-Based Learning

Tech Tip o’ the Day for Seattle Public Schools: How to get kids and teachers in front of computers all day

  The following email was brought to my attention today. It was sent to all Seattle Public School staff. From: Cranston, Gary Sent: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 12:35 PM Subject: Tuesdy Tech Tip 5/16/17: Apply TODAY for Summer Blended Learning … Continue reading Tech Tip o’ the Day for Seattle Public Schools: How to get kids and teachers in front of computers all day

Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform

Summit charter schools  opened a location in Seattle last year. The school calls what they do “blended” or “personalized” learning which means placing a student in front of a computer during most, if not all, of their learning time. As of now, … Continue reading Serious student privacy concerns with new Summit/Facebook platform

Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

John Krull has agreed to answer some questions about what is happening in terms of technology and software programs planned for Seattle Public Schools. As Krull states in his letter of application for the position within Seattle Public Schools, “I … Continue reading Ten questions for Seattle Public Schools’ IT Lead John Krull re: EdTech in schools and student privacy

Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association video: What corporations have in store for public schools

The third episode of PJSTA Live, in affiliation with Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association, deals with what corporate reformers see as the future of public education. The two guests in this episode are Alison McDowell and Jia Lee.  Alison McDowell is a parent … Continue reading Port Jefferson Station Teachers Association video: What corporations have in store for public schools

How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

  You cannot fully understand what is happening with Future Ready school redesign, 1:1 device programs, embedded assessments, gamification, classroom management apps, and the push for students in neighborhood schools to supplement instruction with online courses until you grasp the … Continue reading How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

  “It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public place or within range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away. A nervous tic, an unconscious look of anxiety, a habit … Continue reading The endgame of corporate reform in public school education: Part 1, What do Betsy DeVos and Seattle Public School’s IT Lead John Krull have in common?

The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

What do you think should happen in this scenario? The superintendent of the largest school district in the state, through mismanagement and carelessness, runs up a crippling 35 million dollar deficit? If you believe in the efficiency of the market, … Continue reading The Ballad of Joseph Olchefske: Middle College, Ed-Reform Market Failure, and the March of Online Learning

The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

I find it disturbing how quickly basic facts are flushed down the memory hole. Yes, Betsy Devos is the extreme example of the type of privatizer destroying public education, but the Democrats – with Obama at the helm – opened … Continue reading The Ugly Facts About Ed-Reform, Partisan Bickering and the Resistance

Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – $8 Million from the Gates Foundation and the Myth of Local Control

Remember when a return to local control was the biggest selling point for the passage of The Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA)? States would be allowed to set their own education policies. Principals, teachers, and parents could escape the long … Continue reading Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) – $8 Million from the Gates Foundation and the Myth of Local Control