Brizard Brings YouTube Back

Brizard in the classroom.  Drummond parents surveyed on longer day.  An end to the YouTube ban. A light schedule for Springfield.  That's the highlights of today's education news, as reported by the mainstream media.  I'll add more as I come across it.  You can, too.  That is, unless you're too busy getting ready to use Kahn Academy lessons in your classrooms.

Students find Brizard’s teaching style out of this world Sun Times:  His introduction was simple, unassuming and inspiring: “My name is Mr. Brizard. I love astronomy. I love teaching about the solar system.’’ So began a unique digital lesson taught Wednesday by Chicago Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, a former teacher, in celebration of the nation’s first digital learning day.

Drummond parents approve of extended day, but majority want less than 7 1/2 hours, survey shows Tribune:  A parent survey at Drummond Magnet School shows that a majority of parents want a longer school day, but not 7œ hours. In a letter to Chicago Public Schools chief Jean-Claude Brizard, the Bucktown school's Local School Council members released results of...

CPS lifts ban on YouTube Tribune:  Chicago Public Schools' is lifting a ban on YouTube as part of its efforts to expand digital learning in the classroom. Teachers will now be able to jump onto YouTube and find other teaching tools on that website and others to create playlists for..

Meeting in Mount Greenwood to address longer school day Southtown Star: Chicago Teachers Union vice president Jesse Sharkey will speak and answer questions until 7:30 pm, according to Becky Malone, a parent with children at Mount Greenwood Elementary School. Malone and other parents oppose the mayor's plan for 7 1/2-hour day.

Parents, students of Marquette Elementary speak out against turnaround Medill Reports:  This year Chicago Public Schools will "turn around" more schools than ever. Parents and students at Marquette Elementary say the focus instead should be on stopping violence.

Chicago Bears owners: keep Crane High School open Chicago Journal: In the letter, addressed to Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, McCaskey said his family wanted to see the school stay open to honor the past as well as provide for neighborhood kids in the future.

Parents stand up for teachers under attack CMS:  With Mayor Emanuel aligning himself with an extremist group focused on attacking teachers, a group of Chicago parents has decided it’s time to speak up in their defense.

Quinn: End natural gas tax, give families relief WBEZ: Gov. Pat Quinn used Wednesday's State of the State address to call for ending an Illinois tax on natural gas.

State Lawmakers Set Light Schedule CNC:  Despite bipartisan support for pension and Medicaid reform — two programs Gov. Pat Quinn acknowledged during his State of the State speech Wednesday need fixing — Illinois lawmakers are on course to spend the least amount of time in Springfield since 2006.



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  • The Reader's Ben Joravsky notes that CPS has a faith director named Renaldo Kyles who gets paid $82k

  • Catalyst comes up "banned" at my school. Is this the same city-wide?

  • The hottie that leads the eLearing team is awesome. Tech Talk was the best thing CPS has eve done. We need more people like him pushing all os us forward.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    I am so happy to see a positive comment here! What did you like about Tech Talk? How has it helped you to do your job? What else would you like to see at next Tech Talk?

  • In reply to COwonk:

    I attended (and presented) as well and it was by far the best CPS event I have ever attended. In fact, it was the only good CPS event I have ever attended. What was so great about it was the wide variety of innovative ideas being presented by passionate educators who were sharing their experiences. It gave me a shred of hope for our district again. I hope that CPS can see that they actually have quite a few talented teachers and that they choose to grow their own and invest in those teacher helping others instead of bringing in more outside consultants who are not connected with classrooms. I am also please to see the ban on Youtube lifted, not because I really want to use it all that much, but because it represents a more progressive attitude towards the benefit of technology as a learning tool. Now, they have to follow through and support teachers in implementation

  • In reply to COwonk:

    I also attended Tech Talk and loved it. Learned a ton of stuff that I already brought back to my school for our pd day on Friday. If central office people read this, please expand opportunities like this and clone the guy that leads the tech ed team.

  • In reply to Anonymous:

    what was the eleader's name and is there a link to the talk that the rest of us can see?

  • Everyone, Rep. Cynthia Soto introduced HB4487 calling for a moratorium on school closings, turnarounds, phase outs and consolidations in the Chicago Public Schools for the 2012-2013 school year!

  • Mary Mitchell says she mis-transcribed Phyllis Lockett's controversial remarks about neighborhood schools

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