Archive for May 2013

When Chicago public schools close, we just gotta chuckle

A satirical guest post by my former student Andres Martinez, who will one day be a math teacher   With 40-60% of minority children dropping out of school in the City of Chicago, I stand by Major Rahm Emanuel and the closing of 50 public schools.  The closings will greatly reduce these statistics.  No kids... Read more »

Top 10 reasons teachers should blog

Two years ago today, around 2 a.m., my blog was born.  During a time when I struggled to find my place again as a teacher on the Southwest side, when I felt unsuccessful, when I thought I abandoned my dream to be writer, I could not sleep.  So on May 17, 2011, in the middle... Read more »

My mom who loves music: a Mother's Day post

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A guest post by my mom, Maria C. Salazar In 1962, I was fourteen years old.  I had only been in the U.S. for a few months.  I felt like Cinderella attending my first concert; it was with mariachi music. I was going with Mr. and Mrs. Meza.  Mr. Meza was the director of the... Read more »
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Teacher evaluation panel audio segment: Education Writers Association national seminar

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Click on the clip above to listen to an audio excerpt from the Education Writers Association National Seminar panel on teacher evaluation May 3, 2013. Panel: K-12–Teacher Evaluation: Seeking Common Ground Few areas of education policy and practice are evolving as rapidly as teacher evaluation. Moving beyond a Lake Wobegon world where all teachers are... Read more »

Teacher evaluation panel 2013 Education Writers Association National Seminar

On Friday at the Education Writers Association National Seminar at Stanford University, I’ll speak on a panel titled K-12 Teacher Evaluation: Seeking Common Ground with a professor and school district administrator: Linda Darling-Hammond, Standford Graduate School of Education David Steele, Hillsborough County Florida School District Our focus question is “What are the best ways to... Read more »