From a Half-Century-Old Novel, Wisdom about Teaching and Education Reform, with 2020 Political Implications

The recent victory of Jake Auchincloss in a Massachusetts Democratic congressional primary inspired me to try reading one of the novels by the politician’s distant relative, Louis Auchincloss.

The New York Times obituary of Louis Auchincloss, who died in 2010, said, “ ‘The Rector of Justin’ (1964), which was a best seller and a finalist for the National Book Award, is regarded by many critics as Mr. Auchincloss’s best and most important novel. Its protagonist is Frank Prescott, the headmaster of a New England boys’ school before the war, a man of intellect and idealism who could be noble,

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It’s Notoriously Hard to Evaluate PD. A New System Aims to Change That – Teaching Now

A new process for judging the quality of professional development has made its debut, with the aim of answering a notoriously difficult question: Which PD is high-quality and which isn’t?

The Professional Learning Partner Guide got started with little fanfare earlier this month. Its first round of reviews evaluates 16 providers who offer PD in math, English/language arts, and science. Some are curriculum publishers, such as Zearn and Great Minds. Others, such as TNTP, offer PD on other organizations’ curricula.

Organizations that want to be evaluated had to submit packages of evidence, which typically ranged from 200 to 400 pages,

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Take the Certified Kind Classroom Challenge & Win Prizes

The world is a hard place right now, and we could all use a little more kindness. So when our friends at Random House Children’s Books told us about their 2020-21 Certified Kind Classroom Challenge, we knew we had to share.

Here’s how it works

  • Inspired by the beloved book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, invite your class to take the Certified Kind Classroom Challenge.
  • Label an incentive jar with a Certified Kind label (if you’re teaching remotely, you can use a virtual jar or document).
  • Every time you witness a kind deed or action, add a marble to the jar. 
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The Rise of Dual Credit

Aniken Castaneda took his first college course, art history, in the summer before his freshman year in high school. He liked the idea of being a college student, he said, and his parents told him it would give him a head start on a degree.

“It was kind of cool to be ahead of everybody,” he recalled.

And he didn’t stop there. By the time Castaneda graduated from Mercedes High School, in Mercedes, Texas, he had amassed 30 credits, enough to bypass of full a year of college. He hopes to complete his bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University

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