Get Schooled: Rigor: A horrible word for schools?
I thought this Oregon parent made a good case for abandoning the use of "rigor" in discussing school reform:
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Get Schooled: Bad student writers: You get what you pay for
University of Georgia professor and frequent AJC Get Schooled contributor Peter Smagorinsky had a strong and immediate reaction to fellow academic Rick Diguette’s blog essay today on how ill prepared college freshmen are in writing.
And Smagorinsky put that reaction into a column. His piece will only make sense if ...
Get Schooled: Has freshman year in college become grade 12½?
Local college instructor Rick Diguette has written many provocative pieces for the blog. Today, he provides another great column on a topic that gets little discussion -- student writing skills.
Diguette's column prompted a response from a University of Georgia professor who trains English teachers. Take a look when ...
Get Schooled: High performing schools in Cobb, Gwinnett with low growth rates: Cause for concern?
After the AJC education reporters met with the Department of Education Monday on its new growth model, we talked about how to report the news to help folks understand the measures. If you read the package on MyAJC.com, you will find my news colleagues assembled a thorough examination of the ...
Get Schooled: Georgia rolls out growth model: Does it help to know your student is growing but still trailing peers?
Can we change the conversation among parents from how did your child do in school this year to how much did your child grow this year?
Georgia parents now have the data to answer that second question. Will it matter to them?
A great deal of time and thought in ...
Get Schooled: Flip, blend and serve up a more enticing education through technology
I asked educators to share their experiences with technology. Several have done so, including Kelly Walsh, CIO at the College of Westchester in White Plains, NY, where he is an adjunct faculty member.
In 2009, Walsh founded the website EmergingEdTech.com, where he writes about engaging students and enhancing ...
Get Schooled: Alisha Morgan to supporters: Our work is not over
State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan sent out a note this afternoon to supporters after her loss in yesterday's Democratic runoff for state school superintendent to Valarie Morgan.
After spending several months on the campaign trail, last night I respectfully conceded the race for State School Superintendent to my ...
Get Schooled: Why did 85,000 Republican voters blow off the state school chief race?
Interesting point worth discussing this morning: In the GOP Senate runoff between David Perdue and Jack Kingston, 483,000 Republicans cast ballots yesterday.
Yet, in the GOP state school superintendent runoff, only 397,788 Republicans voted.
That is a difference of 85,000 voters.
Those 85,000 people were in the polling booths. They ...