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  1. This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good School Reform Posts & Articles
  2. Even More Hurricane Resources
  3. “Book Club It” Lets You Easily Create Online Book Discussion Groups
  4. More Good Resources For ELL Research
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Good School Reform Posts & Articles

Here are some useful school reform-related posts and articles that have been published recently:

Naive To Print Teachers’ Scores, Says TFA Founder
is from Alexander Russo, who reports that Teach For America’s Wendy Kopp opposes the public release of teacher ratings. That’s good to hear though, as Alexander mentions, “I wish Kopp had been so clear back a year ago when this was all first being debated — it would have been brave and right of her…” I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The New York Court Decision Releasing Teacher Ratings.

N.Y. appeals court rules that teacher ratings can be public is from The Los Angeles Times and I’m adding it to the same list.

International Rankings That Reformers Ignore: The Children Left Behind is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery.

Is “Racing to the Top” Even Possible, Arne? is by Bill Ferriter.

What Americans Think About Teachers Versus What They’re Hearing is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll.

The Missing Link In School Reform shares important research about the role of trust and the development of social capital in schools. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Trust & Education.

I’m not going to make a separate “The Best…” list related to Steve Brill’s new book on school reform, “Class Warfare.” However, here are three articles that join Steve Brill’s Report Card on School Reform, the New York Times book review, as the best commentaries that I’ve seen it:

Teachers Get Little Say in a Book About Them is from The New York Times.

Steve Brill’s blinkered view of education is from Reuters.

Should we really expect schools to cure poverty? is also from Reuters.

Why Are Finland’s Schools Successful? is from The Smithsonian Magazine. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System.

 

Even More Hurricane Resources

Here are the newest additions to The Best Sites For Learning About Hurricanes:

East Coast Hurricanes
in a Wall Street Journal interactive.

Interactive: Hurricane Irene’s storm surge is from The Los Angeles Times.

Irene weakens, soaks Northeast is an Associated Press interactive.

Readers’ Photos of Hurricane Irene is from The New York Times.

Irene Lashes New York Area is a New York Times slideshow.

Teaching and Learning About Hurricanes is from The New York Times Learning Network.

 


“Book Club It” Lets You Easily Create Online Book Discussion Groups

Book Club It is a new web tool that lets you easily create and participate in online book discussion groups. After registering, you can quickly find a thumbnail image of pretty much any book out there and set privacy options (you can make it public, or can set it so you can only access it if you have the precise url address and participants have been approved). Online polls related to the book can be set-up in seconds.

I’ve written before about how my students create face-to-face book discussion groups. Though you can use a class blog as a similar online complement to something like that, this Book Club It might work a bit better because that’s exactly what it’s designed to be — an online book discussion group.

I’m adding it to My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them.

 

More Good Resources For ELL Research

Diversity Learning K12 is a partnership between a number of respected researchers and practitioners in the ESL/EFL field, including Stephen Krashen and James Crawford. Here are some direct links to particularly useful pages on their website:

Presentations by Our Partners

Selected Articles by Our Partners

Recent Developments Affecting ELLs

Resources

Books by Our Partners

I’m adding these links to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research.

 

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