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 It’s Official: Using Twitter Makes Students More Engaged

Further affirming what you probably already know, Twitter is evidently one of the best tools for learning and becoming an engaged student. We’ve covered the benefits of the social network ad nauseum for teachers and administrators over the past few years … but a new study solidifies the worth of Twitter for students.
Assistant Professor of Education at Michigan State University, Christine Greenhow, conducted a study titled “Twitteracy: Tweeting is a New Literary Practice.” In it, she found that college students who tweet as part of their instruction are more engaged with the course content, the teacher, other students, and they have higher grades.

world-shaker:

It’s Official: Using Twitter Makes Students More Engaged

Further affirming what you probably already know, Twitter is evidently one of the best tools for learning and becoming an engaged student. We’ve covered the benefits of the social network ad nauseum for teachers and administrators over the past few years … but a new study solidifies the worth of Twitter for students.

Assistant Professor of Education at Michigan State University, Christine Greenhow, conducted a study titled “Twitteracy: Tweeting is a New Literary Practice.” In it, she found that college students who tweet as part of their instruction are more engaged with the course content, the teacher, other students, and they have higher grades.

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Why 'Won't Back Down' Just Doesn't Stack Up | Alternet

Another frustrating example of the attack on teachers and unions as the source of the problems in public schools today. As Sabrina Stevens notes:

Students and schools cannot succeed if the adults in the community don’t work together to make a high-quality public education for all kids a reality. And while Won’t Back Down purportedly supports such a goal, the stereotypes it promotes— and the agenda it hides— could threaten that effort if people don’t understand the reality beneath the Hollywood gloss.

I’m not yet aware of the “Parent Trigger” laws that are being promoted around the country—I will definitely have to look into that. 

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New Code Aims to Ease Suspensions of Students

NYC public schools will no longer suspend students for one-time minor infractions (such as tardiness, cell phones, or talking back). While I’m glad to see a move like this rather than in the “sweat the small stuff” direction taken by some large charter networks (AHEM, Noble Street), I do agree with the criticism that teachers and staff need training and support to be able to follow these new guidelines. Otherwise, this becomes just a way to lower the number of suspensions.

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When Rahm's Temper Made a Comeback | NBC Chicago

You know, I don’t expect every high-profile city official to send his or her children to our public schools. But what if they did? Maybe then, they’d have to pay attention to the conditions that the rest of us have to deal with. And maybe they’d start to rethink some of the policies they’ve shoved down our throats.

What really irks me about Rahm’s temper tantrum is that he is so sure about what’s right for Chicago Public Schools: standardized testing, security cutbacks, charter schools, turnaround schools, teacher evaluations based on test scores. Yet there’s not enough good in the public school system to send his kids there. He is sending them to a school that doesn’t emphasize standardized tests, that has a rigorous curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, that has nearly-unlimited resources. 

How is this not a public issue?

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Solidarity with the Whittier Parents sit-in - stop the demolition of the field house!! Petition

Parents at Whittier Elementary in Chicago organized a 43-day sit-in last fall to save their school’s community center/ field house, which they would like to turn into a library. At the end of that sit-in, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) agreed to stop the planned demolition, divert TIF funds to renovating the field house, and provide the school with a library.

Now that CPS has a new CEO, they broke their promise: they have started plans to demolish the field house, and they have plans to create a library inside the school (something the parents oppose, since it will not be accessible to the community, and it risks displacing special education students). 

Please read the petition and consider signing it in solidarity with the parents who have fought so hard for their school and community.

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WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners.
The High Cost of Low Teacher Salaries - NYTimes.com