✧ Christie: Don’t #OptOut
At a town hall meeting yesterday, Gov. Chris Christie defended New Jersey’s new standardized exams, and asked parents not to opt out. New Jersey’s public schools began implementing Common Core-aligned PARCC tests for the first time earlier this week.
✧ Teach the Arts
Urban school districts in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, and San Diego are making room for more arts education, years after many art and music classes were cut in the wake of No Child Left Behind’s emphasis on math and English Language Arts.
✧ Math Problems
A new study by EdReports.org found that an overwhelming majority of math curricula across the country aren’t aligned with Common Core standards. How can we resolve implementation and alignment issues?
✧ Blended Learning
Teachers in California are using “blended-learning environments” to leverage technology, individualize student instruction, and create new roles for teachers.
✧ Empowering Teachers
The “Distributed Leadership” movement, which encourages school principals and district superintendents to empower teachers, is making inroads across the United States by putting teachers in charge of school functions as diverse as admissions, professional development, and new teacher mentoring.