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Thoughtful and Critical Conversations About Education in Georgia

Graduation Rates in Georgia: The Emperor Doesn’t Have Any Clothes

If we are using data to drive our practice, we need to use solid numbers that allow practitioners to identify and isolate individual variables so that we can at least know what the issue is. Let's actually close the achievement gap, not just pretend that we are.

“I’ve Given Up Writing Referrals” — An Examination of Positive Behavior Interventions & Support

As more and more data emerge showing the inefficacy of using in-school and out-of-school suspension to address problematic behavior, the use of “positive behavior interventions & support” (PBIS) has become more common. In fact, the Georgia Department of Education has... Continue Reading →

Not All Elementary Schools Offer After-School Childcare…But They Should

Since I’ve only ever taught high school, my knowledge of pre-K, elementary, and middle school programs has been quite limited. Well, that’s all about to change, I guess. Recently I was registering my daughter for the lottery-funded pre-K program that... Continue Reading →

How to Deal with Smart-Aleck Students (or, Rethinking Differentiation)

Then, while I’m teaching the rest of the students, I can allow these students to create their own independent projects, allowing them to do work that interests them. They can then insert the grades earned from these independent projects in place of other assignments that measure similar skills. On the other hand, if they don't earn A's on both the essay and test, I can explain to them (using data) why they need to pay attention and complete the assignments leading up to the test.

PTA Legislative Update

Last Week In Session: Senate Passed: HB 224, allows for students living in military housing to choose any public school in the district with capacity, passed the Senate. It now goes to the Governor. HB 338, The First Priority Act,... Continue Reading →

3 Groups of Latina Students Begin to Form Coalition to Strengthen their Communities

Exciting things happen when you combine the intellectual power of fifteen teenage girls. Last weekend, students from Pinckneyville Middle School, Summerour Middle School, and Cross Keys High School joined forces at Mi Pilon, a Caribbean restaurant in Norcross, Georgia, to share... Continue Reading →

GA Education Legislation Update: Incentive Pay for Teachers, Students Applying Sunscreen, & School Turnaround Plans

At this point, I'm not offering my opinion on these pieces of proposed legislation except to say this: I think kids should be able to apply their own sunscreen (see HB200). The other ones probably require a little more homework.... Continue Reading →

American Citizen Children are Losing Their Parents

All the while, our students are still trying to be teenagers. Almost 70% of our students at Cross Keys are U.S. citizens, so even if there are some who try to explain away students’ pain by saying that they are “illegal,” they can’t say that. These are legal residents – U.S. citizens – whose parents are being taken away from them. For people who value family as the fundamental building block of society, how can we support these types of initiatives?

Georgia Legislators Propose New Education Improvement Plan to Assist Low-Performing Schools

My initial impression is that this "plan B" school improvement plan (as opposed to Governor Deal's Opportunity School District) is better, but I would like to know what indicators the Chief Turnaround Office will be using to determine which schools are "low-performing."

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