Posts in category "Vendor-Ama"

Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?

Here Come School-Level PISA Scores!?
For over a decade now, PISA scores have allowed international comparisons of student achievement but that was about it.  One nation could be compared to the other, or at best subnations like Shanghai could (controversially) be compared.  More recently, however, individual US states have started signing up for their own PISA scores — FL, MA,... Read more »

Video: Karen Lewis In Texas

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This past week there’ve been two ed-related events in Austin — first was the National Education Policy Network’s event, which featured speeches by CTU’s Karen Lewis among others, and second was SXSWedu, the edtech-focused education event that has become part of the music event down there over the past five years.  Let us know what... Read more »

Viral Video Misses Real PD Problems

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This much-viewed clip of a recent PD session in Chicago isn’t necessarily indicative of bad PD or illustrative of PD in general, says LA-area teacher Paul Bruno.  It’s engaging, clear, and practical (and just a minute long so who knows about the rest). “I’m not sure that that one-minute clip above is really representative of... Read more »
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The Rise and Fall of Juan Rangel

The Rise and Fall of Juan Rangel
Be among the first to read Chicago Magazine’s look into the UNO story, written by the magazine and the BGA. “One man turned a small activist group into the nation’s biggest Hispanic charter school operator. And then the trouble started.” Then come back and let us know what they missed (or got right).

EdTech Program Loses Mellios

EdTech Program Loses Mellios
While some districts (LAUSD, Guilford County N(NC) are having big problems with their tablet rollouts, Chicago seems to be having a much easier (if also slower-moving) experience. For a time, CPS claimed to be “the largest centralized deployment of iPads in the United States.”  However, it started with a pilot program — just 750 devices... Read more »

Computer Tablet Problems

Computer Tablet Problems
There’s been a smattering of problems implementing tablet programs in other parts of the country. But what about in CPS, where iPads have been piloted in some schools and were promised to receiving schools this year?  I haven’t really heard a peep, which usually means things are going ok. Way back in Spring 2011, CPS announced... Read more »
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Public TV Features Wells HS Turnaround

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According to this WTTW/PBS NewsHour segment, Wells HS has come a long way in the past five years, thanks in large part to the arrival of UIC-trained principal Ernesto Matias. Other programs training principals include New Leaders — I’d almost forgotten about them. What do you think/see/know/have to say about Wells, UIC, New Leaders, or... Read more »

Credibility, Contracts, & Safety

Credibility, Contracts, & Safety
As you can see below, Friday's web-only WTTW Chicago Tonight Week In Review segment focused almost entirely on CPS -- the SUPES contract, the layoffs, the issue of credibility, and safe passage...

Tech Site Features Chicago Kids

Tech Site Features Chicago Kids
Yes, tech site Engadget has a video show — and the June episode focuses on teaching kids about and through technology (and begins featuring a Chicago ed tech initiative). I can’t get it to embed properly but you can watch and read all about it here: Education with Google, OLPC, Code.org, LeapFrog, SparkFun, Adafruit and more.
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Charter Confusion

What a strange time it is for charter schools in Chicago.  The politics are fierce.  The signals are mixed.  Communication seems to have broken down.  The approval, review, and closure processes all seem a little broken. This is all good for die-hard charter opponents, but it may or may not ultimately be a good thing for parents and children dealing with public schools in Chicago -- both low-income parents with few viable options and middle-class parents who don't want to leave CPS or the city but know that the "good enough" schools are way too few. ...