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Closing the Teach For America Blogging Gap

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This past weekend I was going through all of my old teaching documents, looking for anything that could help me as I get ready to start the new school year. During my organization effort, I came across a packet of Teach for America Los Angeles prep materials from 2007  for our placement interviews at LA…

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Diane Ravitch is one of my favorite authors and thinkers on education.   In “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” she weaves rock-solid case against No Child Left Behind and the test-based accountability movement.  Unfortunately, the wisdom of her ideas are often drowned out by those who are more adept at…

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With the early end of the 2012-2013 school year at my old school, I’ve had an extra long period this summer without work. I decided to use my time (and savings) to pay a visit to my old schools in Japan, and spend a couple of weeks visiting friends in the cities of Osaka, Kobe,…

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Blogger Owen Davis recently wrote a piece on Teach for America alumni resistance, and in his piece included the voice of a New Orleans public school student reacting to the influx of Teach for America teachers to her district. After pointing out that nearly half of New Orleans’ teachers were in their first three years…

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