Monday, December 16, 2019

Spring 2020 MWF Schedule

Class Focus
Week 1

M/ 13

Katherine Christie, Berea Middle School

Apply for "Level 1" volunteering in order to tutor here:

W/ 15
"Theme for English B," Langston Hughes

“Eleven,” Sandra Cisneros

F/ 17
Course Rationale:

Week 2

M/ 20
MLK Day (no class)

W/ 22
Groups formed, topics chosen

“Banking concept”; Freire, Ch .2 Pedagogy of the Oppressed 

Topic 1: The Teaching Profession
Topic 1 reflection email DUE before class session
F/ 24
Topic 1, Freire continued

Choice text 1

Read, share choice text 1 in-class
Week 3

M/ 27
Topic 2: Educational Philosophies

Topic 2 reflection email DUE before class session
W/ 29
Topic 2 continued

F/ 31
Group assignment workshop in-class

Out of town

Week 4

M/ 3

W/ 5
Topic 3: Historical Foundations of Education
Topic 3 reflection email DUE before class session
F/ 7
Thomas Jefferson on Education ( and “The American Scholar,” Ralph Waldo Emerson (

Choice text 1

Out of town
Read, share choice text 1 in-class
Week 5

M/ 10
Corridor of Shame (documentary) excerpt

W/ 12
Topic 4: Diversity, Multiculturalism, Poverty/Privilege, Class, and Race

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The danger of a single story
Topic 4 reflection email DUE before class session
F/ 14

A Talk to Teachers, James Baldwin

Choice text 1
Read, share choice text 1 in-class
Week 6

M/ 17

W/ 19
Little Rock Central: 50 Years Later (documentary) continued

F/ 21
LRC discussion

Midterm assignment/explanation

Week 7

M/ 24
Choice text 1
Read, share choice text 1 in-class
W/ 26
Group Presentations Workshop

F/ 28

Email to professor BEFORE class 5-10 key talking points from your first choice supplemental reading with evidence (quotes and/or page numbers).

Connect as many aspects of the first half of the course as possible—topic readings, class discussions, documentaries, tutoring.

Have key points in class to discuss in small groups before opening discussion to the whole class.
Email to professor BEFORE class 5-10 key points per midterm assignment

Choice Text 1 Reflection DUE

Week 8

M/ 2
Group Presentations

W/ 4
Group Presentations

F/ 6

March 7-15
Spring Break

Week 9

M/ 16
Topic 5: Legal, Political, and Financial
Topic 5 reflection email DUE before class session
W/ 18
Topic 5 continued

Cited essay, APA discussion

F/ 20
Choice text 2
Read, share choice text 2 in-class
Week 10

M/ 23

W/ 25
Ruby Payne, deficit perspective

Return of the Deficit, Curt Dudley-Marling

F/ 27
Deficit perspective continued

March/ April
Week 11

M/ 30
Choice text 2

Read, share choice text 2 in-class
W/ 1
Topic 6: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Topic 6 reflection email DUE before class session
F/ 3
Topic 6 continued

Week 12

M/ 6
Topic 7: Current Issues and the Future of Education

Choice text 2
Topic 7 reflection email DUE before class session

Read, share choice text 2 in-class
W/ 8
Topic 7 continued


F/ 10
Good Friday (no class)

Week 13

M/ 13
Easter Break (no class)

W/ 15
Essay draft DUE

In-class peer review
Essay draft DUE
F/ 17
Virtual Schools Report DUE/ share in class
Virtual Schools Report DUE
Week 14

M/ 20
Choice text 2

Read, share choice text 2 in-class
W/ 22
Hard Times at Douglass High (documentary) continued

F/ 24
Hard Times at Douglass High (documentary) continued/ discussion

Week 15

M/ 27
Tutoring share

Choice text 2

(last MWF class session)
Read, share choice text 2 in-class

Choice Text 2 Reflection DUE
W/ 29

F/ 1


Tu/ 5
8:30-11:00 AM
Final Portfolio (see below) submitted with all assignments included

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Thread by @James_S_Murphy: SAT

Thread by @James_S_Murphy: "The latest WSJ journal piece about the SAT is the usual sloppy mess (what on earth is an adjusted SAT score?) but how a high school's average SAT score correlates with socioeconomic advantage powerfully knocks down the myth […]"

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Teacher Effects on Student Achievement and Height: A Cautionary Tale

Teacher Effects on Student Achievement and Height: A Cautionary Tale

Marianne BitlerSean CorcoranThurston DominaEmily Penner

NBER Working Paper No. 26480
Issued in November 2019
NBER Program(s):Program on ChildrenEconomics of Education Program 
Estimates of teacher “value-added” suggest teachers vary substantially in their ability to promote student learning. Prompted by this finding, many states and school districts have adopted value-added measures as indicators of teacher job performance. In this paper, we conduct a new test of the validity of value-added models. Using administrative student data from New York City, we apply commonly estimated value-added models to an outcome teachers cannot plausibly affect: student height. We find the standard deviation of teacher effects on height is nearly as large as that for math and reading achievement, raising obvious questions about validity. Subsequent analysis finds these “effects” are largely spurious variation (noise), rather than bias resulting from sorting on unobserved factors related to achievement. Given the difficulty of differentiating signal from noise in real-world teacher effect estimates, this paper serves as a cautionary tale for their use in practice.

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Pete Buttigieg Is a Lying MF

Friday, November 8, 2019



Most School Shooters Showed Many Warning Signs, Secret Service Report Finds

Most School Shooters Showed Many Warning Signs, Secret Service Report Finds

Atlanta Public School Officer Derrick Hammond walks through the cafeteria greeting students during a lunch break at Grady High School in Atlanta, Ga.
Atlanta Public School Officer Derrick Hammond walks through the cafeteria greeting students during a lunch break at Grady High School in Atlanta, Ga.
—Melissa Golden/Redux for Education Week-File
Most of the violent attacks in schools over the past decade were committed by students who telegraphed their intentions beforehand—and could have been prevented, a new report from the U.S. Secret Service concludes.
Most of those students were motivated by a specific grievance, and every single one was experiencing extreme stress. But there remains significant variation among the perpetrators, and schools should use a comprehensive analysis to detect true threats rather than trying to profile students, the report says.
The report, released Nov. 7 by the Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center, analyzes 41 violent incidents in schools between 2008 and 2017. The devastating school shootings in 2018 in Parkland, Fla., and Santa Fe, Texas, helped prompt the study, but were not included in the report.
The analysis generally confirms the conclusions of the agency’s influential 2002 publication on school safety, which said checklists of characteristics supposedly common to school shooters were not helpful in preventing violence.
Instead, that earlier study popularized the idea of threat assessment, in which teams of educators, administrators, counselors, and school resource officers compile academic, behavioral, and other evidence to decide whether a student who’s made a threat is acting out or actually poses one.
“The implications for schools seems to be the same,” including using those teams to triage threats, said Anthony Petrosino, a school safety expert and director of the WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center. Schools should also consider broader strategies such as trying to connect every youth to at least one caring adult in the school, he added.
Still, some areas of emphasis in the report differ from the past—most notably its attention to the attackers’ social and emotional health.
The analysis comes as school safety remains a top issue for school districts—and a contested one. Many districts have struggled with two, often competing philosophies: one, to “harden” schools through physical measures and school police, which nearly half of all schools now employ; or two, to invest in efforts to improve school climate, such as through restorative justice programs favored by civil rights groups who note that discipline policies and the presence of school police too often lead to the disproportionate punishment of black students and students with disabilities.
On that tension, the report effectively punts: “Schools should implement a threat assessment process in conjunction with the most appropriate physical security measures as determined by the school and its communities,” it states.
Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was killed in the Parkland shooting, said he hoped the report could help bridge those debates.
It’s not about figuring out, ‘Boy this student is a threat, let’s get law enforcement involved,’ he said. “That’s the perception a lot of educators have and it couldn’t be farther from the truth.”

Social and Mental Factors

Here are some of the report’s key findings:
  • Secondary schools were the most frequently targeted. Just 2 percent of the incidents occurred at elementary schools, while 75 percent occurred at high schools.
  • Attackers were usually white and they were overwhelmingly male. Mirroring the characteristics of U.S. mass shootings in general, 83 percent of the school attacks were carried out by males and 62 percent of the attackers were white.
  • Police presence varied. Nearly half of the schools with incidents employed at least one full-time school resource officer.
  • Guns were the most often used weapon. In what’s sure to add fuel to the gun-violence debate, of the 25 attacks involving firearms, 19 of the attackers obtained firearms from the home of a parent or relative. Nearly all the other attackers used knives.
  • Most attackers had a grievance. At 83 percent, grievances were the perpetrators’ most common motivation, usually against peers. Forty one percent were suicidal, and 37 percent had a desire to kill. (Attackers had multiple motivations.)
  • Many attackers had a plan. Half the attackers engaged in observable planning of their attacks, like researching weapons, documenting their plans, trying to recruit others, or packing a bag with weapons.
An eye-opening section of the report likely to kick up debate also details the combination of social, emotional, and behavioral factors that may have been linked to the attacks.
At least 40 percent of perpetrators had a mental-health diagnosis; 54 percent had received some kind of mental-health treatment; 80 percent had been bullied; and all but two came from homes with adverse childhood experiences, such as an incarcerated parent, abuse, or financial difficulty.
And every single attacker had faced high levels of stress from social, family, or academic problems. Almost three-quarters also had been disciplined at school within five years of the attack.
Those issues will resonate in the wake of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Some families of the slain students there have blamed the tragedy in part on the district’s alleged failure to act on a record of the shooter’s mental-health problems, and its decision to put him in a program meant as an alternative to suspension and expulsion.

No Guarantee

The report also noted that four attackers had been referred to their school’s threat-assessment team, three of them within a year of the incident. In some cases, the team didn’t review all the available data, and in one case, a team considered a student low risk despite several troubling pieces of data.
That’s a good reminder that risk-mitigation approaches shown to be effective, like threat assessment, aren’t foolproof, and they depend on good implementation to work.
Petty said threat assessments teams need to be meeting regularly. That way they can be comfortable with each other, with the threat assessment process, and be willing to share pieces of relevant information when a threat occurs.
“My guess is where these are failing, you’ll find threat teams that are meeting only when there’s an identified threat. Where they’re working, they’re meeting on a regular basis,” he said.
Many states have considered or passed legislation requiring schools to conduct threat assessments since the Parkland incident, though there is considerable variation in their policies.
Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, and Texas required all schools to begin it in the 2019-20 school year. Washington state schools will join them in 2020-21.