Playing with fire

Maybe I’m just drawn to a controversy, but I’m inevitably fascinated by discussions on gender and education. This time it was a blog post called “Looking Past the Cheetos,” where a sixth-grade teacher and former Teacher of the Year argues that schools are set up to view most boys as “walking disruptions to be dismissed

Helping ALL students graduate

In 2001, California’s San Jose Unified School District found that only 23 percent of its Hispanic students graduated with the requirements needed to enroll in one of California’s four-year public colleges. This is monumental, considering that the district’s Hispanic student population is a little more than 50 percent of the overall student population. On top

Obama and teacher’s paychecks

Last week’s announcment of the Race to the Top initiative by Education Secretary Arne Duncan and President Obama put pay for performance plans back in the national conversation. So we’re talking about it again, too. “States that explicitly prohibit linking data on achievement or student growth to principal and teacher evaluations will be ineligible for