Why We Should Expand Our OER Advocacy to Commercial Publishers

iterating toward openness

Effective Advocacy. This has been the core of the open source software advocacy strategy – not appeals to altruism, and certainly not moralizing grandstanding – but a rational, self-interested explanation of why a business would benefit from adopting the open source model.

Advocacy Group to DOJ: Cengage-McGraw Hill Merger Could Create a ‘Platform Monopoly’ in Education


An open-access advocacy group on Wednesday sent a formal filing to the U.S. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in New York, argues that the publisher is “not fairly or accurately” paying revenue to the authors in the subscription system it created.

Opportunities, Coding Advocacy and Credibility


Maybe…just maybe, a kid will rush home completely inspired to not just play the games on his/her game system but create them. In a perfect world, all teachers would not only have the desire to be instructionally creative but also the freedom to do so.

Senator Alexander: Here are the building blocks for your new accountability system in the HEA

The Christensen Institute

Alexander’s critical accountability system proposal, here are a few of the overarching considerations lawmakers should take into account: Consideration: A focus on multiple outcomes for accountability. In a recent New York Times op-ed , Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

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Joint Finance Committee Launches Assault on Wisconsin Retirement System #wiedu

Reading By Example

9) into the Wisconsin State Budget that drastically changes the way in which our Wisconsin Retirement System is governed. Kathleen Marsh states that Wisconsin public employees have one of the best pension systems in the world.

TCEA 2011 Legislative Update Advocacy Panel


Barriers include the system we are in and the fact that teachers don''t send lobbyists to Austin. Notes from TCEA 2011 Panel. The speakers words flowed fast and I caputred/paraphrased them as accurately as I could. For an additional take on this event from someone else who also live blogged it, you can visit this post from Bryan Doyle. Members of Panel: Representative Scott Hochberg - Houston, TX Representative Mark Strama - Austin, TX Mr. Thomas Ratliff, State Board of Education - Mt.

The Permaculture Classroom: A Systems-Based Approach


Photo credit: Edutopia Michael Becker Environmental Education Permaculture is ideal for teaching ecology, yet also works as a classroom design system that fosters empathy, inspires advocacy, and increases productivity within your school's existing standards and framework

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. .

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.


The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CETPA Board Treasurer Peter Skibitzki and Ruthmary Cradler of Educational Support Systems further enhanced California’s representation. .

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

How CUE Will Help Guide ESSA in California


For more information about CUE’s Legislative Platform and efforts, visit CUE’s Legislative Advocacy page. Advocacy Connected Educator CUE News ACSA CDE CETPA ESSA TICAL

Wisconsin Legislator @SenStroebel to Introduce Bill to Reduce Payments, Raise Retirement Age for Public Employees

Reading By Example

” His reason: To ensure solvency of the state retirement system, even though this system is already solvent. A representative for the Employee Trust Fund stated that the retirement system can currently cover 100% of its obligations. Advocacy Duey Stroebel Employee Trust Fund School Administrators Alliance Wisconsin Retirement System

Do We Still Need Standardized Tests? A Bold New Approach


That means we would have one set of data that satisfies accountability for all systems – parents, schools, the state, and the federal government.

Graduate Programs Suspended Due to Cuts in Higher Education in Wisconsin

Reading By Example

This bill would slash an additional $300 million from the University of Wisconsin system. It also opens the door wider for private charter school systems to come in and take over poverty-stricken schools , siphoning off more public dollars to corporations. I was also disappointed in the response from the University of Wisconsin System leaders. Advocacy Assembly Bill 1 cuts funding government UW-System

Leadership as Process

Reading By Example

These systems are set up to shoot for just above the status quo instead of for the stars. Advocacy Leader as a Thinker Literacy professional development qualitative data Reflection beliefs evaluation identity Lucy Calkins Units of Study

Teacher Observations: Are we talking about the right thing?

Reading By Example

In response, the principal empathized with the teacher, acknowledging the limits of their evaluation system with a promise to be more present. Can this happen when a principal’s time is monopolized by a system that positions them primarily as an evaluator instead of a mentor and a coach? Advocacy Coaching Leadership Principalship ASCD Education UpdateI’ve got it written in my planner: start the teacher evaluation cycle.

Student Agency is More Than Voice and Choice

A Principal's Reflections

For many schools, this flies in the face of a traditional schooling mindset that was more geared to learners having to buy-in to a one-size-fits-all system where success was determined by how well everyone did under the same conditions more or less.

What to do when you have done everything you can

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For higher education, our legislators proposed a $250 million dollar cut and opened the doors for the University of Wisconsin system to get rid of tenure. Advocacy Community Leadership budget higher education K-12 privitization Scott Walker Valerie Strauss

Seeing RED at ISTE : The Latest Edtech Findings


How can technology help re-engineer our education system? Project RED, a national research and advocacy plan, is seeking to answer this question through its large-scale national studies.

Coaching Work: Curriculum & Assessment by @danamurphy68 #litleaders

Reading By Example

As anyone in the field of education knows, curriculum and assessment are the backbone of the school system. Advocacy classroom instruction Coaching data Literacy qualitative data quantitative data Reading Teaching Becoming a Literacy Leader curriculum and assessment Daniel R.

Recommended Read: Schooling Beyond Measure by Alfie Kohn (Heinemann, 2015)

Reading By Example

This article should be required reading for any school or district committees revisiting their grading system. Kohn moves beyond the argument between A’s and B’s vs. standards-based grading, and highlights the problems with the system itself.

Boys Will Be Boys

Reading By Example

The fact that girls are now faring better than boys in school achievement leads one to believe that this is not just a boy problem, but rather an issue with the educational system as a whole. My son, appreciating the view of the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

In our current education system, we continue to see gaps in graduation rates and unequal access to high-quality public schools. When an educator is unprepared and unable to access high-quality resources to meet our unique learners’ needs, the system penalizes the educator.

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On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

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They were relatively easy to tell apart from one another and advocacy was rather straight forward. As people advocate for one priority over the other, this advocacy often ends up becoming formalized in policies and programs.

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$750,000 in proposed cuts to Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools

Reading By Example

This is not an issue with private schools per se, but with how the system is being (mis)used to defund public education. Advocacy budget cuts legislators private schools school choice vouchers Wisconsin Today, I wrote this post on our school’s blog. It will also serve as the front page for our school newsletter next week. We need to advocate for what’s right for our students, families and staff.

Agency: Important for Students and Educators

A Principal's Reflections

The desire to increase agency in the form of voice, choice, and advocacy should be viewed as just as important for educators (teachers and administrators) as it is for students. You can visit her site HERE and begin to earn your own badges through choice or work to implement your own system.

Activating the Community to Support Education Innovation

Digital Promise

KMSD knows that innovation and change, however, are not sustainable without systemic buy-in at all levels. Deklotz and her team are committed to setting up teachers with the resources they need to be successful, providing extensive and differentiated professional development opportunities through the district’s micro-credentialing system. Student advocacy reinforced Kettle Moraine’s implementation of CBE and expanded opportunities around personalized learning.

School Counselors Helping More Women Go Into Computer Science: Tips and Advice to Find the Fit

The CoolCatTeacher

So school counselors have this ability to look at the system as a whole and to support students. School counselors have this ability to look at the system as a whole.

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Evolution vs Revolution

iterating toward openness

I love everything Rajiv is saying in his recent, excellent essay Pragmatism vs. Idealism and the Identity Crisis of OER Advocacy and I’m really looking forward to the discussion we’ll have when he presents this paper early next month. Fireflies and Star Trails No.

3 Things to Remember When You Have a Gifted Child

Fractus Learning

Advocacy. Advocacy encompasses the many instances where it is needed to improve the lives of gifted children. Despite the focus or form it takes, advocacy will always be a necessary tool for educators and parents of gifted children. Advocacy.

Tool: Project Unicorn—Making the Mythical Idea of Data Interoperability Real


Project Unicorn is an advocacy initiative whose eight partner organizations want to improve data interoperability within K-12 education. As schools and districts implement innovative learning systems, they must address issues of data interoperability. The initiative hopes to leverage data to create better outcomes for students, save time for teachers, increase efficiencies for schools and allow them to interact more with their community.

Inside a Student’s Hunt for His Own Learning Data


That didn’t stop Bryan Short, who was a student at the University of British Columbia in 2016 when he got curious to know what information the learning management system at his university had collected on him and how it was being used. You log in to the system and you leave the window open.

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It’s a Long Game After All

iterating toward openness

OER advocacy, like most work, is filled alternately with advances and setbacks. Third, the overwhelming majority of the few OER that do exist aren’t integrated with a system that provides online interactive practice and assessment. The same Babson Survey referenced above states that 39% of faculty require students to use an online homework system for their classes (p. It’s a world of laughter. A world of tears. It’s a world of hopes. And a world of fears.

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?Resource: Project Unicorn Interoperability


Project Unicorn is an advocacy initiative focused on improving data interoperability within K-12 education. It strives to make the broader case for secure interoperability for students and school system. At a more sophisticated level, systems should have the ability to integrate or import unique student identifiers such as those used by student information systems.

Some of my leadership beliefs

Dangerously Irrelevant

Systems approach. We are embedded within systems. You deserve the strongest support and advocacy that leadership can provide. [I have some new job responsibilities this year. I decided to send this out to some of the new folks with whom I’m working.].