Archives for January 2011

The Art of Science Learning

I wanted to call your attention to a new initiative, The Art of Science Learning, through a grant from the National Science Foundation to the Steifer Associates. The grant will explore the impact the arts can have on science (STEM) literacy and creativity in the workforce through a social network for teachers, 3 conferences in […]

The Principle of Tolerance

Yesterday, the monstrous shooting of innocent people in a Tuscon, AZ shopping center parking lot, was not only an act against these persons, including a 9 year old child, a U.S. Congresswoman, and Federal Judge, and husbands, wives, brothers, and sisters of the 20 people that were shot or killed, but an act of extreme […]

On Teaching from Spencer's Scratch Pad

One of the blogs on my blogroll that I suggest that you visit is Spencer’s Scratch Pad by John Spencer, a social studies teacher in Arizona.  He actually has several blogs, that you can visit here, here, and here. Today, one of his postings was in reference to the shooting of more than a dozen […]

On Teaching from Spencer’s Scratch Pad

One of the blogs on my blogroll that I suggest that you visit is Spencer’s Scratch Pad by John Spencer, a social studies teacher in Arizona.  He actually has several blogs, that you can visit here, here, and here. Today, one of his postings was in reference to the shooting of more than a dozen […]

PISA Test Results Through the Lens of Poverty

PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment, released results last month, and you would have thought the sky was falling if you listened to our Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.  PISA is an international assessment that is administered to 15 year-old students in participating countries. The PISA assessment has been administered in 2000, 2003, 2006 and 2009. […]

The Fallacy of Focusing on Teachers as a Means to Reform Schooling

Some educators and corporate leaders would have us believe that the single most important factor influencing student achievement is the student’s teacher. They have launched a campaign to use student learning data to rid the schools of ineffective teachers.  There is no research evidence to support the claim that the teacher is the single most significant factor influencing […]