In the Confusion of 911, We Stay Together

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This posting day is always bittersweet for me. This day of hardship for many was a day of celebration for me, and today it is the 20th anniversary of our marriage. Yes, Linda and I married on this day in 1994 seven years before there was any trouble in 2001!

On this day in 2001 my wife was teaching third grade in the Bronx and I was writing my research at home on the upper west side. The tv was on and I saw the station break in to announce that the first plane had hit. I called Linda’s school and they said all was fine. When the next plane hit, I called again and on the landline (old fashioned phone) was able to speak with her. She told me that she would supervise pick up of all kids and that she and three other teachers would walk across the bridge to Manhattan. I told her I would drive up 3rd Avenue and pick her up. She was about 8 miles away from me.

New Tests Threaten New York State Teacher Evaluation

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The first round of new tests for the Common Core resulted in very low scores for many students around the country. In NY State, the passing rates, the rates at which students met or exceeded standards, dipped as low as single digit percentages. Since teacher evaluations are partially determined by their student’s test scores, The NY State Union of Teachers (NYSUT) has protested.

“NYSUT’s goal is to do an overhaul of the entire APPR,” Karen Magee told Chalkbeat, referring to the state’s evaluation law. “This is the first step towards doing so.” Magee wouldn’t comment on the negotiations, which are centered on the role that tougher, Common Core-aligned state tests will play in teacher evaluations this year and next year.

NSA Lags Behind Knewton in Collecting Data on Children?

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Remember how the government is all upset about Edward Snowden releasing information about them spying on the public? Well it turns out that this story line is a little more complicated. Since this is an education blog I will not divert into the Snowden stuff too far, but, it has come to my attention that whatever the NSA is doing, it may be far less than some others.


What? Yes, the first thing pointed out to me was that Google had invented, long ago, a system to data mine your email. This allows incursion into your mail analyzes it for the meaning you are making, and connects that analysis with sellers who want to advertise. Example, you say you want to play golf, and up pops the ad the the right of your email, about golf. Remember how we all thought it would be too much data for the NSA to analyze in real time? Well, Google can do it now as you write your email.

Arts Based Education Research

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This is the list posted on the ABER website, A special interest group in the American Education Research Association AERA…and it is very useful! Thank you ABER!

ABER Resources

Please contact us if you know of other resources that can be added to this working list.

WebsitesA/r/tography website:
International Society for Education through Art:

Centre for Arts-informed Research:

Arts Based Educational Research SIG:

The Image and Identity Research Collective:

Values Based Education (VBE) in England

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Values Based Education is a quickly spreading school reform movement in England that seems to call for our attention here in America. “Values-based schools emphasize values education in their curriculum and teaching. As a consequence students become more academically diligent, the school assumes a calmer, more peaceful ambience, better student-teacher relationships are forged, student and teacher wellbeing improves and parents are more engaged with the school” (VALUES BASED EDUCATION). I offer two pieces of evidence, one from their home page and one from an article written by the guardian. You decide!

Collective Impact in Art Education

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On March 20, 2013, John Kania, managing director of a consulting group called “FSG,” presented his research into the uses of “collective impact” by the social sector, followed by a discussion with NEA Director of Arts Education Ayanna Hudson. Both Kania and Hudson then took questions from the public. As defined by FSG, collective impact is the commitment of a group of actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a complex social problem. The webinar examined how collective impact can help federal, state, and local leaders move forward in a common direction. – See more at:

Notes of Collective Impact Webinar

I took some notes on the outline of this talk, to get you excited about the language and the importance of these ideas. For example, John mentions five strategies in being successful at collective impact:

common agenda,
shared measurement,
mutually reinforcing activities,
continuous communication,
backbone support organization.
He came up with these by doing research across multiple sectors, not just education, not just art. These ideas are for working cross sector in the arts, education, etc. He talks about a mindset shift that is needed to be successful at large-scale change: For example, thinking that is more adaptive (answer not know, solution is complex) vs. technical problem solving (if there is a problem, there is a solution); There is no silver bullet, but silver buckshot—the outlook is further out…as in incremental success over time. Credibility vs. credit was another idea where your would demonstrate your organization is producing results but you were also sharing the spotlight.