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Dec 4, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss Secretary Duncan's recent about face on the abundance of standardized testing time.

"Methods Lab" - Flippin' Review

How much time, if any, should be dedicated to review?
Nick offers a great solution for increasing test preparation while preserving instructional time in the classroom.
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Links from the show:

NY Times article on the rollback of testing time by Secretary Duncan
A listener shares a great video

Nov 11, 2015

Nick and Marc welcome Dr. Carol Burris, former New York State High School Principal of the Year and current Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Fund, as well as the co-director of the Schools of Opportunity Project at the National Policy Education Center.

"Methods Lab" - The Observation Process

What is a principal looking for?
What makes for an effective post-observation conference?

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Links from the show:

NY Times article on the rollback of testing time by President Obama
Dr. Burris takes on APPR
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/the-dangers-of-building-a-plane-in-the-air/2011/09/30/gIQAojqWAL_blog.html
www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/forging-ahead-with-nutty-teacher-evaluation-plan/2011/12/29/gIQAkMiYQP_blog.html
www.newyorkprincipals.org/appr-paper
www.nepc.colorado.edu/blog/teacher-evaluation-going-bad
www.nepc.colorado.edu/blog/what-thoughtless
Dr. Burris tackles Common Core
www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2013/03/04/principal-i-was-naive-about-common-core/
www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2014/09/17/four-common-core-flimflams/
www.nepc.colorado.edu/blog/why-young-kids-are-struggling

Oct 30, 2015

Nick and Marc welcome Karen Bronson, former teacher and principal, who currently serves as a staff developer for SAANYS.

"Methods Lab" - Professional Development

  • Why does PD get such a bad wrap?
  • What are the keys to providing quality PD?

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Oct 4, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss Arne Duncan's exit and the arrival of John B. King as U.S. Secretary of Education.

"Methods Lab" - The First Progress Report

  • How optimistic should the first one be?
  • To what extent does student behavior change around this time?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Arne Duncan is leaving
Sep 19, 2015

Nick and Marc welcome Dr. Christina Sapienza to the show. They discuss the impact that gender bias is having on young girls and the role schools can play in ending this unfair practice.

"Methods Lab" - Teacher Training

Are new teachers adequately trained to enter the classroom?
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Links related to this episode:

Teacher Training piece in NY Times
The Threat of Stereotype by Joshua Aronson
Aronson’s research - Women and math
Dr. Sapienza’s links on gender bias
seejane.org
Bechdel test

Aug 21, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss some changes to A.P.P.R. in New York State, an ongoing legal action by a teacher in Great Neck and a valedictorian's appeal for greater college affordability.

"Methods Lab" - The First Days of School

  • How can you turn a traditionally rote, boring day into one that fosters excitement and interest?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Great Neck teacher’s trial
  2. Kacie Candela’s Newsday piece
  3. Victor Fleischer’s indictment of Yale
  4. First Five Days
  5. Twitter Hashtag on First Days
Aug 6, 2015

Nick and Marc welcome Barry Isseks, former Technology Coordinator of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, to discuss the infrastructure and software that has driven unprecedented change in education over the past two decades.

"Methods Lab" - Distance Learning

  • To what extent is this transforming learning?
  • Can we ever truly replace a three-dimensional learning environment?

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Links related to this episode:

    1. NY Times: Disconnecting From Our Digital Lives
Jul 29, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss social-emotional learning (a.k.a. character education) and how it can create improved learning environments in schools.

"Methods Lab" - Vocabulary

  • How can we improve students' vocabulary skills?
  • Is a dictionary better than dictionary.com?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Overcoming Obstacles
  2. NY Times: Teaching Social Skills
Jul 14, 2015

Nick and Marc welcome their first guest, Mary Craig, to the show. They discuss the ousting of Pearson, the Value Added Model and the incredible efforts of librarians and teachers in Charlottesville, Virginia to bring books to underprivileged children.

"Methods Lab" - Summer Assignments

  • What does a quality assignment consist of?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Carole Burris’s Blog Post
  2. Pearson Is Out in NYS
  3. Link to the Books on Bikes program
  4. Books on Bikes on Facebook
  5. David Brooks’ column on attention span
Jul 9, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss personnel changes at the New York State DoE and debate whether or not cell phones should be permitted in class.

"Methods Lab" - Attire

  • The case for and against school uniforms
  • Should there be a dress code for professional educators?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. NY Times article on Screen Addiction
  2. The Science of “Inside Out”
  3. School Uniform Debate
Jun 30, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss the educational impact of the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, "scrubbing" in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and Pixar's latest film, "Inside Out."

"Methods Lab" - Differences in teaching preadolescents and teens

 

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Links related to this episode:

Common Core Documentary

NY Post Article on Scrubbing

Jun 20, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss a recent article in the Washington Post regarding teacher burnout and high turnover rates.

"Methods Lab" - The Drain

a) How can teachers leave at the end of the day with more energy than the students?

 

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Washington Post: Why So Many Teachers Want To Leave - And How To Get Them To Stay
  2. Joe Nocera's NYT column: How To Grade A Teacher
Jun 10, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss Nick's recent sojourn to Kentucky to score AP US History exams.

"Methods Lab" - College Board Workshops

a) What sessions did Nick attend?

b) Is there anything worth implementing in the classroom? Sharing with colleagues?

c) Were there any administrators in attendance?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. EdWeek:Decision-Making Game
May 28, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss the recent appointment of Commissioner Elia. They also break down various commencement speeches and offer suggestions to the Class of 2015.

"Methods Lab" - Cooperative Learning

a) How can you make it work well?

b) When is it too much?

c) Why doesn't it work all the time?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. Washington Post announces Commissioner Elia
  2. Graduation Speeches - Excerpts from the NY Times
  3. Commencement Speech by David McCullough Jr.
May 19, 2015

Nick and Marc discuss the social, emotional and academic damage caused by social media and offer suggestions to help children and parents navigate the dark waters of technology with greater success.

"Methods Lab" - Reading Aloud

a) When should a teacher read aloud in class? What about the students?

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Links related to this episode:

BBC: Rescue Our Kids From the Digital World

NY Times: Diagnosing The Wrong Deficit

 

May 12, 2015

Nick and Marc celebrate 100 downloads! They also discuss Advanced Placement courses, debate merit pay and review the recent cheating scandal in Atlanta.

"Methods Lab" - Homework

a) How much is too much?

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Links related to this episode:

  1. The Daily Show segment: Fraud City
  2. CNN covers Atlanta Cheating Scandal
  3. Freakonomics’ take on Atlanta
  4. http://www.wsj.com/articles/cheating-in-atlanta-a-teachable-moment-1428521500
  5. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-was-the-atlanta-cheating-scandal-was-uncovered-2014-9
May 3, 2015

Nick and Marc debate the need for tenure (for both teachers and administrators). They also discuss the impact of Vergara v. California and the educational reform agenda of New York's Governor Cuomo.

"Methods Lab" - Testing

a) What should classroom assessments look like?

b) To review or not review?

 

Listeners are welcome to ask a question, suggest a topic or share their thoughts: ask@stateofedpodcast.com

Links related to this episode:

Time Magazine: A Brief History of Tenure

Opinion piece on tenure and the Vergara case in The Daily News

Education Reform in New York State

Details of Vergara v. California

Can you figure out Cheryl's birthday?

Kristof's column: Are You Smarter Than An 8th Grader?

Apr 22, 2015

Nick and Marc debate the need for Common Core Learning Standards and how "core" has become a four-letter word, in every sense.

"Methods Lab" - Discipline

a) What role does it play in the learning process?

b) A review of both simple and complex strategies to "do discipline right."

 

Listeners are welcome to ask a question or share their thoughts: ask@stateofedpodcast.com

 

Links related to this episode:

Big Mac Test

New Study Linking Education to Income

Opening Ceremonies in Beijing, 2008

Which states have adopted CCLS?

Sir Ken Robinson's amazing video

Apr 18, 2015

Nick and Marc launch the podcast. They discuss the "Opt Out" movement that is resulting in tens of thousands of students refusing to take the New York State assessments.

In the "Methods Lab" segment, Nick and Marc share their views on the importance of the Motivational Activity.

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