Follow the Power: Who Controls the Conversation Around Reform?

Recently, a former student called me to vent about the rules of married life and how these rules don’t match the vision that she has for herself as a change agent.  As she talked about drowning in externally imposed expectations about being a married woman (sounding like a feminist just as much as sounding like … More Follow the Power: Who Controls the Conversation Around Reform?

Education Next Poll Results, ECAA, and State Level Accountability

This summer, I wrote a piece in favor of the Senate’s modified version of NCLB (as it is currently up for renewal).  I summarized its position in the following statement… In light of last minute amendments, the (Senate’s) final version maintains NCLB’s position to disclose student performance and expose gaps by way of standardized tests.  … More Education Next Poll Results, ECAA, and State Level Accountability

Critical Pedagogy: The Struggle and the Community

A few years ago, when having breakfast with a former instructor (now friend), I told her with excitement that I had stumbled across the concept of critical pedagogy.  After 20 years of unknowingly serving as a critical pedagogue, I was super elated to learn there were other educators out there with a similar passion and … More Critical Pedagogy: The Struggle and the Community

For the Love of Data

Earlier this summer, Diane Ravitch highlighted in a blog post several points made by Susan Ochshorn in her writing of Big Data and Little Kids.  In short, an argument was made that a push for data based achievement creates casualties among students. While I have an affinity towards all children, my work as an educator … More For the Love of Data