Back in August I passed the two year mark since I started this blog!
Today I would like to draw your attention to many wonderful blogs, websites and books about education which I have been collecting like rare coins for the last year. I already listed many others when I first started this crusade. Check out my WEBSITE! If you don’t see your favorite in this list please check the website categories.
Everything has to do with the desire for good public schools and education for all children.
Some of these sites you already know due to their popularity. I mean who doesn’t know Peter Greene? But I had not added him in the beginning so there is Curmudgucation!
I also know there are more sites I have not included. I have a stack on my desk which I still need to add. There are many wonderful voices out there who want the same thing—great democratic public schools!
I love to read other educator and parent and student viewpoints and I feel it is worth the time to write a little bit about them.
I also added some new sites from different countries. Through social media I’ve met some savvy educators from England (like Roger Titcombe, John Mountford, and Leah Stewart) and Canada. Many thanks to Roger for helping me with the sites for England and check out his book! Learning how other countries handle schooling is a special interest of mine.
If you care that I missed your blog, or there is a website you love that you want added, let me know and I will read it and include it as soon as I can. Go easy on me if I forgot something please, or if I have listed a website you disagree with please message me. Or, if I spelled something wrong or misplaced it…I have my own challenges.
It is time consuming to list new sites on a separate page to present once a year, and not very helpful. So from now on I will try to add a new item after every post. All new items will blend into the website.
When I quit blogging, I will keep working on the website.
And, although it is a little late since my blogging/website anniversary, thank you for reading my posts when you do.
I love to write about these issues, but frankly it sometimes feels like being stuck in a revolving door. So, I always appreciate comments even if you disagree with me.
I will be posting less frequently for a while. I have another education manuscript for a book which is in need of revisions. But I need to work on it and get it out there.
A Blog About School: A Parent’s Thoughts about School, in Iowa City and Beyond is focused on local public schools. This blog reminds us that public schools belong to the local community. Every town should have bloggers like Chris Liebig who raise tough questions about what is happening in the school district.
All Things Gifted and Talented is a website loaded with articles for gifted and talented students and their parents. There is much tech talk too.
The Becoming Radical is a blog of the “pubic and scholarly” writing of Furman University Professor P.L. Thomas who writes about a variety of subjects having to do with school reform, including reading and English issues. He is well-known in the education community and has also written many fine books. The blog is described as “A Place for a Pedagogy of kindness.”
Big Education Ape is a great blog filled with up-to-date and also archival information. Ordinarily I’d fine this blog a bit frenetic with pop out pictures etc., but it is oddly contrarily engaging. More importantly, it is full of the day’s trials and tribulations relating to public schools and students. An added perk is that it is organized by topic.
Blue Jersey “All the News that Slips from Print” often has articles about education, and Jersey Jazzman is one of the staff writers. They also include a 2011 “A Special 6-Part Series from Blue Jersey,” entitled “Ed Reform 101.”
BPS Education Odyssey is “One parent’s journey through the Boston public school system: good, bad and interesting experiences, thoughts along with important issues which all parents should be aware of.” I find this blog to be heartfelt and provides valuable information especially if you are living in Boston.
Bright Light Small City: Independent Education News and Analysis from Minneapolis is a blog by Sarah Lahm. Sarah writes vividly about high-stakes testing and a variety of issues concerning Minneapolis and schools across the country.
Bob Braun’s Ledger is about “Education, taxes, housing immigration, politics and other issues that affect the people of New Jersey.” For 50 years Braun wrote for the Star-Ledger. And for 30 years he was their education editor. Like other regional and city writers, the information is relevant to education no matter where you live.
BustED Pencils: Fully Leaded Education Talk is what you get from Timothy D. Slekar, PhD and Jed Hoplins, PhD, two educators who write candidly about current education issues.
Catalyst Chicago I don’t always like what I read, but I think they tell it like it is.
Common Core Diva is a blog with the title “We Will Not Conform: I’m Ready to Make Common Core History.” The blog is from North Carolina but it addresses the general problems of Common Core.
Conversation ED is a great blog with a lot of juicy content. I always learn something new here. Kathleen Jasper is the founder. She hs represented educators and parents tired of current hazardous education reforms, including Common Core State Standards. And she courageously spoke out about the Common Core on the Glenn Beck Show. Kathleen not only writes intersting blogs herself, she is kind to also share other blogger’s content in order to get the word out.
Creative by Nature: Glimpses of a Creative Universe is a blog by Christopher Chase who leads an interesting life teaching in Japan! Chris has an excellent education background and writes about interesting topics involving school reform and beyond. His posts are always philosophically thought provoking and he starts long and interesting discussions about school-related issues on Facebook too!
Curmudgucation is by Peter Greene who describes himself as “The slightly-cranky voice navigating the world of educational ‘reform’ while trying to still pursue the mission of providing quality education.” His posts are serious but often mixed with droll humor that helps one avoid spiraling out of control with depression when reading too many blogs about the today’s troubling state of education.
DCG Educator: Doing the Right Thing is by David Greene a longtime teacher who blogs on many issues surrounding public schools. He often writes about the struggle of urban schools and New York City, but his blog is relevant to schools around the country. He is also the author of Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks.
DEFEND-ED: Unashamedly Pro-Family and Pro Teacher. There are many informative posts about education, and areas that are related to education, that affect children and family. This is a website I just learned about and it is intriguing.
The Education Activist: From Student to Teacher is the ongoing blog by student and activist Mel Katz who is studying education in New Jersey. It is critical to understand how young people feel about the teaching profession. It is important to learn the perspective of future teachers who are committed to teaching as a career. Mel is bright beyond her years when it comes to education and the loss of public schools.
Education Opportunity Network has a nice rundown of blog posts about current news items.
The Edvocate Blog~Standing up for Public Education covers Florida education and especially the testing crisis there. We need to all watch what happens in Florida. These posts are well-done. Kathleen Oropeza is a parent and tireless writer and advocate on behalf of children. She also is coordinator of Fund Education Now. Help them out. They are working to keep you informed as to the changes taking place in that state that have the potential to affect everyone.
Empathy Educates is a blog whose mission is to “act and advocate for equal and equitable [formal and informal ] education as an inalienable human and civil right.” I like a lot of these posts and the two words “empathy” and “education” work well together.
Florida Stop Common Core Coalition is an active group in Florida fighting Common Core through legislative updates and more.
GADFLYONTHEWALLBLOG is educator, husband, father, teacher and education advocate Steven Singer’s popular blog which fights bad school reforms. His posts are timely and unique. His writing always makes me think.
Gary Rubenstein’s Blog is about education and more specifically Tennessee. Gary is a good authority on the problems with Teach for America. A math teacher, he has several books out which I have listed. He also has a children’s book–The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. My only complaint is he doesn’t blog more often!
Hoosier School Heist Blog is by Doug Martin who also wrote the book Hoosier School Heist: How Corporations and Theocrats Stole Democracy From Public Education. Doug is a true activist fighting for public schools in Indiana and beyond! His blog and book both require serious study. He weaves in and out of the connections between individuals and companies and their harmful influence on public schools and you will be stunned! You will come away from both his book and blog a better informed parent and/or educator, ready to stand up for children and their public schools.
Jan Resseger breaks down the education news and describes it in an easy format to understand. She raises serious questions, and I learn something new here.
Jersey Jazzman is all about New Jersey, but the content is very relevant to the rest of the country too. He is popular, does serious research (and makes sense of it for you), and he writes with a great deal of wit.
JK Voices LLC Jenifer Kasten is a rising star when it comes to activism for children and their public schools, especially in the area of disabilities. A JD, she has a passionate voice for children. Her blog is focused and easy to read. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook. She will keep you informed.
José Luis Vilson is a math educator in New York, and is also a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father. He is the author of This is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education. He writes compassionately about children and public schools.
Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J) “is an alliance of grassroots community, youth, and parent-led organizations in 21 cities across the country: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Eupora, MS, Hartford, Los Angeles, Newark, Patterson, Camden, Jersey City and Elizabeth NJ, Minneapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., and Wichita.”
Life’s A Poodle is a whimsical website by two moms who understand learning differences and the arts and decided to write about them. You can embrace diversity and find joy in the challenge. I like this website and the women who run it. It will make you smile.
Living in Dialogue started out as an Education Week blog once written by educator Anthony Cody who now has his own blog with the same name. The old posts are always interesting and still timely and could be listed under any of the headings on this website. But teachers know Anthony as one of their own so I posted about his blog under educators and activism. In the new Living in Dialogue Anthony shares the ideas and thoughts of many educators and activists concerned with education issues.
Live Long and Prosper is written by a retired teacher who was in the classroom for 35 years. He raises tough questions about the privatization of public schools and his bio is interesting.
Minnsanity is described as the “Land of 10,000 education reformers chipping away at public education. Let’s join together to save our public schools.” The website is a group of teachers, parents and community members concerned about public education in Minnesota.
The National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy “works to prohibit the automatic release of student information to military recruiting services gathered through the administration of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Career Exploration Program in high schools across the country.”
The Northeast Indiana Friends of Public Education (NEIFPE) “was founded in 2011 after a small group of friends, teachers, and retired teachers traveled to Washington D.C. for the Save Our Schools March.” Phyllis Bush was one of the co-founders. If you are thinking of starting a local group to advocate for public schools, this is a great website to learn from. They outline the steps they took push back bad school reforms. They write about problems. This is an active blog and is critical for not just those in Indiana but everyone to read.
North Carolina Policy Watch Education is a timely blog with objective commentaries about the school problems in North Carolina. Other states see similar reforms and problems.
NYC Educator writes serious sarcasm and is easy to appreciate. Who doesn’t like to see Joel Klein get picked on? The atmosphere is all NYC but we all can relate and it is easy and enjoyable to read even though very serious.
Public Schools Central is “a site dedicated to the United States’ public school system: examining the impact of the Common Core, the free market, and privatization on education. Deborah Duncan Owens is the author of The Origins of the Common Core: How the Free Market Became Public Education Policy, and she is Associate Professor of Literacy Education at Elmira College.
Public Schools First NC is an important statewide nonpartisan group focused on creating good public schools in North Carolina. Red4EdNC is a part of this group which collaborates with teachers, parents, business and civic leaders. They discuss the budgetary process too. The website also contains good research studies.
Public School Shakedown is a blog that is part of The Progressive and includes the writings of a variety of well-known bloggers.
Russ on Reading covers much fine information about literacy instruction, but he also writes serious posts in support of teachers and public schools. Always on target.
Save Maine Schools is an interesting blog about issues relevant to everyone concerned about school reform.
Scathing Purple Musings has a great blog heavy on Florida issues but important for anyone concerned about education reform. Education writer Bob Sikes has this to say about himself, “A long time ago and a planet far, far away I was an athletic trainer for the New York Mets. I was blessed to be part of the now legendary 1986 World Series Championship. My late father told me that I’d one day be thankful I had that degree in teaching from Florida State University. He was right and I became twice blesses to become a teacher in the late 1990′s. After dabbling with writing about the Mets and then politics, I settled on education.”
Seattle Schools Community Forum debates the issues facing Seattle Public Schools. This website supports “high quality public schools that educate all students to become passionate, lifelong learners. Also find out about meetings happening in the school district. There are articles for all and good coverage of special ed. issues.
Seattle Education has timely blog posts about Seattle’s public school system, and like most of the regional blogs, they provide excellent information for the country about education reform. Sue Peters and Dora Taylor, both were founding members of Parents Across America, and Dora was acting president of that group 2013 and 14.
StopCommonCoreNYS posts many anti-Common Core articles that are up-to-date and relevant not only to New York State but the country. Meant to help parents and teachers stop Common Core!
SourceWatch is from The Center for Media and Democracy and it provides “well-documented information about corporate public relations (PR) campaigns, including corporate front groups, people who ‘front’ corporate campaigns, and PR operations.
Tennessee Education Report by Andy Spears, covers serious education issues in the State of Tennessee that resonate across the country. This blog includes issues like high-states testing and value-added measurement.
Wait What? is a blog by educator Jonathan Pelto. Read about it HERE. Wait What? works “to educate, persuade and mobilie through ‘perceptive and acerbic’ observations about Connecticut Government and Politics.” It is a blog for everyone concerned about schools and education.
With A Brooklyn Accent is Mark Naison’s blog. Mark is a Professor of African-American Studies and History at Fordham University and Director of Fordham’s Urban Studies Program. He has many interesting views on public education and school reform and is a proponent of authentic community schools. He is a great supporter of public schools.
Comprehensive Future campaigns for fair school admission policies in England. The campaign is non party political and open to all. It has the support of school staff, governors, parents, members of both Houses of Parliament, local councilors, academics and other public figures who want quality schools. This website includes interesting publications, personal stories, and a section to answer parent questions.
Education Perspectives is a blog by John Mountford who writes about testing and other education issues in England and beyond. The post is also called Ordinary Voices.
Francis Gilbert was educated at Sussex University, Cambridge University and completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University Of East Anglia, studying under Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. He published Working The System — How To Get The Very Best State Education For Your Child in 2009 and more recently has published a series of study guides. There is a lot here about publishing books, English literature and schools. Also check out his blog!
Let’s Think is a classroom teaching approach that has its roots in Cognitive Acceleration, first developed in the 1980′s at King’s College, London by Michael Shayer and Philip Adey. This program uses Piagetian and Vygotsky research and focuses on questioning, collaborative work, problem solving, independent learning, metacognition and challenge. I need to explore this website more, but it is full of interesting suggestions that might be helpful for parents and teachers.
Local Schools Network provides a variety of current articles describing school issues, including discussions about the school reforms taking place in England. Learn about schools and academies (like our charter schools). While this is a critical blog for those living there, it is also valuable for Americans and those in other countries to understand. It is important to compare our countries to the kinds of reforms taking place and the reactions of the parents and educators to those reforms. Looking at similarities and differences is enlightening.
Ordinary Voices is a website dealing with the governance and strategic planning of England’s education system. Educator John Mountford is behind the website which reveals problems with education in England. The difficulties found in the education there mirror the problematic reforms involving America’s education system
Roger Titcombe’s Learning Matters Describes what’s happening in England’s schools and is a complementary blog to Roger’s book listed below. Many fine topics about the problems facing schools in England and you will see similarities to schools in other countries.
The Tiger Chronicle is an interesting website for homeschool parents and regular teachers too. Many thoughts and ideas are here for lesson planning. I think it is from England. I like the “Mum’s Learning Page.”
Working Families has news and events, blogs, and more dealing with “working families in the UK’s leading work-life balance organisation.” It has a section concerning support for parents whose children have disabilities and how employers can support employees with childcare needs.
Pasi Sahlberg Blog We have known for years that Finland’s education has lessons for those who want to do education right. Pasi Sahlberg Finnish educator, author and scholar helps us to understand the Finnish educational system. “He has worked as schoolteacher, teacher educator, researcher and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and reforms around the world. His expertise includes school improvement, international education issues, classroom teaching and learning, and school leadership. His best-seller book “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award. He is a former Director General of CIMO (Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation) at the Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture in Helsinki and currently a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA, USA.”
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog is a website with articles on a variety of interesting topics dealing with children and adolescents. The site is run by clinical psychologists out of Canada.
Child Psychology and Parenting Blog is a website with articles on a variety of interesting topics dealing with children and adolescents. The site is run by clinical psychologists out of Canada.
Rosanne Wood: Perspectives of a Principal is a blog by someone who I admire very much. Rosanne was principal of a school for students who needed an alternative way of learning. SAIL (School for Arts and Innovative Learning) was that school, and it is still helping students and parents find their way through her activism. Both SAIL and Rosanne have won many awards, and Rosanne’s presence is still felt by her leadership on many community boards. Her blog is well-written and informative like you would expect from a great principal and educator. She is also running for the Leon County School Board and I am sure would appreciate your support.
Good Morning Art Teacher to find ideas for student art projects for children.
The Grumpy Language Teacher looks like a nice site to reflect upon everything ELL. “English, Spanish and Some Russian, OH MY!”
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL might be considered especially important to the ELL, ESL, & EFL crowd, but I post it here under Anti-Corporation as well. Ferlazzo chooses the most engaging sites from the education news for the day. It is an interesting blog filled with current event stories for today and yesterday.
Family Voices of North Dakota “is there to help families because we are too are parents who have children/youth and young adults with chronic health, physical, developmental and mental health challenges.”
Marcie Lipsitt/Education Advocate is a blog and also a place to go when you are wondering how to navigate the rough waters of special education in Michigan and in the federal government. Marcie provides help to parents and information on her website for special education news and views. This is a treasure for those concerned about the state of special education and students with disabilities. She does not hold back on her fight for the best treatment and education for children and teens. Marcie is also founder and co-chair of a popular FB page called Michigan Alliance for Special Education.
Early Childhood Education
Pre-K Pages: Inspiration for Early Childhood Education has many ideas for creating a good preschool environment from an early childhood teacher. The ideas seem simple and easy to do.
Smedley’s Smorgasboard of Kindergarten has some creative ideas for this age group and there are plenty of pictures to make the directions easy to follow.
Tinker Lab has numerous links to creative art ideas! “Rachelle Doorley is an arts educator and author who works with families and educators to foster creativity through hands-on making. TinkerLab supports process-based art, experiments, curiosity-driven projects, and the intersection of art and science.”
Emotionally and Behaviorally Disturbed
Young Minds Advocacy Project “is a non-profit organization that engages in legal advocacy and community education to assist low-income youths and their families and communities in accessing appropriate mental health services and supports. We also work to ensure adequate performance and accountability of mental health care programs and providers.”
Decoding Dyslexia – MS is a grassroots organization by parents. If you live in Mississippi and are looking for parent support when it comes to your child’s reading difficulties check them out.
Learning Alley is a national non-profit dedicated to helping blind, visually impaired and dyslexic students succeed learn. This might be a support group you will want to check out. Started in 1948, the organization utilized volunteers to record books for blinded veterans returning from WW II. This all took place in the New York Public Library. They now offer the world’s largest collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature. And they provide possible solutions for students and support and community for parents, teachers and students.
The Belin-Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development is a comprehensive center focused on nurturing potential and inspiring excellence. They provide a variety of programs and services, and they provide professional development courses and workshops. They also have the Iowa Online Advanced Placement Academy. For students there are special programs throughout the year including summers. They emphasize academic acceleration and have the Acceleration Institute.
Crushing Tall Poppies Celi Trépanier passionately advocates for gifted children and has a new book about advocating for gifted children (out in 2015). Her blog provides insightful advice from a homeschooling mom and public school teacher. Celi also provides many resources that parents may want to check out.
Duke TIP is a program through Duke University to support academically gifted students. The website provides information, research and resources.
Gifted Challenges is written by blogger and clinical psychologist Dr. Gail Post, who is an advocate, consultant and parent in the area of giftedness. I think her website is written candidly and is helpful for young people facing the difficulties of giftedness.
Gifted Development Center provides “assessment, advocacy, counceling, books, articles, Advanced Development Journal, and a Speakers Bureau.” Linda Kreger Silverman, Ph.D. and other gifted specialists appear to have much to offer parents and teachers with this site.
Gina Kennedy-Brown, Talented and Gifted Specialist: Callison Elementary “Living Life Large in TAG” is a lovely website addressing the needs of students who are gifted. Gina provides helpful advice about getting a child referred and navigating the world of gifted education. The links are of added importance. Gina is a teacher making gifted education work for her students!
Methods and Materials for Gifted Education includes videos about teaching gifted students. There are a few here I disagree with, but there are enough that might be helpful in the classroom.
Stephanie S. Tolan has woven her advocacy for gifted children into her books for children. Her website provides information about her books and also a list of books about gifted education. There is much information here, including her article “Is It a Cheetah,” which was published in the Highly Gifted Child newsletter.
Advanced Psychology: Child Psychology and Parenting Blog is a website with many useful articles dealing with children and adolescents. The site is run by clinical psychologists out of Canada. Information is provided for contact.
Free Range Kids has the subtitle: “How to Raise Safe, Self-Reliant Children (Without Going Nuts With Worry).” This title is also the title of Lenore Skenazy’s book. If you are a neurotic parent or normal parent who worries, Skenazy’s outlook on raising children might put your mind at ease or at least help balance you out. Or you are free to disagree. But I find Free Range Kids refreshing in this big old world of worry. Take what you want and leave what you don’t like, but by all means check it out.
Thinking About Tests and Testing: A Short Primer in “Assessment Literacy.” by Gerald W. Bracey
“On Shaky Ground” by California Watch is a California “investigation uncovering the systemic failures by the state’s chief regulator of construction standards for public schools.” Everyone should look into school building safety no matter they live.
“URM-FREE By 2033: Toward A National Safe Schools Agenda” by Edward C. Wolf and Yumei Wang, P.E. Pre-publication draft.
Gifted and Talented
A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students Vol. I by Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, and Miraca U. M. Gross
A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students Vol. II Edited by Nicholas Colangelo, Susan G. Assouline, and Miraca U. M. Gross
“National Excellence: A Case for Developing America’s Talent” Ross, Pat O’Connell and Others. 1993
Beyond Measure Challenges Americans to look beyond test scores at the students themselves. Looks at various schools that are working. This is by the author of Race to Nowhere. By Vicki Abeles
Defies Measurement Is about the unique Chipman Middle School, closed after the implementation of NCLB. A variety of leading education experts discuss the problems involved with high stakes testing. By Shannon Puckett.
Education, Inc Is a documentary about how money and politics are affecting our public schools. by Brian Malone
Good Morning Mission Hill See how teachers are meant to work with children. By Tom and Amy Valens
Race to Nowhere is a documentary that describes the troubled high-stakes testing emphasis in schools today. By Vicki Abeles
4 A Better Education is a Facebook page involving special education issues.
No Kid Hungry is an organization that addresses hungry children. I know it is corporate and I’m not sure how it is run, but they point out that sixty-two percent of teachers see students in their classrooms who are hungry. Check out this website and see what you think. Perhaps the corporations are doing something good here. Better yet, check on the food banks where you live and help out or send them a check.
Books and Blogs about Schools in Other Countries
Learning Matters: The Truth About Our Schools by Roger Titcombe (England)
Anti-Corporation and Anti-Common Core
Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools? by Mercedes K. Schneider
Education Flashpoints: Fighting for America’s Schools by Alan Singer
The Educator and the Oligarch: A Teacher Challenges the Gates Foundation by Anthony Cody
Hoosier School Heist by Doug Martin
NeoVouchers: The Emergence of Tuition Tax Credits for Private Schooling by Kevin G. Welner
No Choice, No Voice: Something’s Rotten to the Core by Karen Lamoreaux
The Origins of the Common Core: How the Free Market Became Public Education Policy by Deborah Duncan Owens
This is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and the Future of Education by José Luis Vilson
Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg
Learning Matters by Roger Titcombe
The Hurried Child: Growing Up too Fast too Soon by David Elkind
Bringing Out the Best: A Guide For Parents of Young Gifted Children by Jacqulyn Saunders with Pamela Espeland
Children With Learning Disabilities: Theories, Diagnosis, and Teaching Strategies by Janet W. Lerner
The Creative Spirit by Daniel Goleman, Paul Kaufman, and Michael Ray
College Planning for Gifted Students: Choosing and Getting into the Right College by Sandra Berger
College Success for Students with Learning Disabilities: Strategies and Tips to Make the Most of Your College Experience by Cynthia Simpson and Vicky Spencer
Educating Your Gifted Child: How One Public School Teacher Embraced Homeschooling (Perspectives in Gifted Homeschooling) (Volume 6) by Celi Trépanier
Get Off My Brain: A Survival Guide for Lazy Students by Randall McCutcheon
Learning Disabilities: A Family Affair by Betty B. Osman
Learning Outside the Lines by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
The Gifted Kids’ Survival Guide: A Teen Handbook by Judy Galbraith, MA. and Jim Delisle, Ph.D.
Married with Special-Needs Children: A Couples’ Guide to Keeping Connected by Laura E. Marshak and Fran P. Prezant
No Easy Answers: The Learning Disabled Child at Home and At School by Sally L. Smith
Re-Forming Gifted Education: How Parents and Teachers Can Match the Program the Child by Karen B. Rogers
The Sibling Slam Book: What it’s Really Like to Have a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Don Meyer and David Gallager
Views From Our Shoes : Growing Up With a Brother or Sister with Special Needs by Donald Joseph Meyer
You’re Going to Love This Kid!: Teaching Children with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom by Paula Kluth
Beyond Survival: How to Thrive in Middle and High School for Beginning and Improving Teachers (Practical Guide Series) by Gary Rubenstein
Reluctant Disciplinarian by Gary Rubenstein
Jenifer Kasten says
Congratulations on your two year anniversary! I love your blog and am not exaggerating when I say that I’ve had some truly life-altering insights as a result of following it.
Thank you so much for assembling this terrific list. I am honored and humbled to be included, and I deeply appreciate your generous endorsement. It means a lot to me.
Nancy Bailey says
Thanks, Jennifer. Thanks for all YOU do. Thanks for all your parent activism. You have a strong voice. Nice to know you!
Allan Freedman says
Great list and thank you for sharing via your blog – I enjoy reading it even if I don’t always leave a comment. @decode_dyslexia
My thanks, too, Nancy, for including my blog in your list. I mostly use it as a place to vent about the damage the “reformers” are doing to public education, but it’s nice to know that there are a few actual readers.
Amy Flatt says
Congratulations on 2 years. Outstanding! And thank you also for the list of resources. I have some blogs I want to begin following including yours.
Nancy Flanagan says
Great list. Bummed not to see “Teacher in a Strange Land.”
Nancy Bailey says
Nancy Flanagan! You were one of the first ones I listed (originally) under School Curriculum and Educators but I misspelled Flanagan. I’m sorry. I knew I would miss someone great, but you are definitely not one that I missed!
Teacher in a Strange Land is Nancy Flanagan who is well-respected and has a nice writing style with her blog at Education Week. She often nails it when it comes to public school issues. One gets the sense they are sitting and having a cup of coffee with her when they read her posts. Teachers need all the friends they can get these days, and Nancy Flanagan is a friend to teachers. That’s because she is one herself.
Nancy Flanagan says
Thanks! One of my life goals is to actually sit down, Nancy to Nancy, and have a cup of coffee with you.
Nancy Bailey says
Thumbs up! One of these days! ( :
It is a shame the popular blog Invisible Serfs Collar by Robin Eubanks has been left off this list in addition to her book Credentialed to Destroy: How and Why Education Became a Weapon.
Nancy Bailey says
I will certainly look into it! Thanks for letting me know!
Leah K Stewart says
Congratulations Nancy! Comprehensive Futures is actually a new one for me; I’ll hopefully make their annual conference in a couple of months 😀 So excited by the bubbles of sense and communication going on in this field of education- in the broadest sense of the word. Keep writing! Leah
Thank you for this comprehensive list and for including my blog in it. I feel honoured to be included amongst educators who are working tirelessly within the public schools system to improve it. While I’ve chosen to apply my ideas for educational improvement directly to my own child in my capacity as a homeschooling parent, I share many of the same concerns that teachers and educators in different parts of the world have about the general state of public education.
Hwee (from England, UK)
Nancy Bailey says
The world keeps turning and children still need good instruction and projects. Thank you! I’d like to just focus on good teaching practices. Maybe someday!
No matter how many websites, blogs, and books you put on the list there will be some you have missed. I hope you don’t feel bad about that. The fact that there are so many resources out there for people who are supporting public schools in one way or another is great.
For everyone who’s favorite resource has been skipped, or overlooked think of this awesome list as a starting point.
Thanks Nancy! Excellent choices…excellent work!
Proofread, proofread, proofread…before you hit send.
Nancy Bailey says
Thanks, Ethan! You are right. There are many excellent blogs and books! Just let me know. I will add new ones. It should make public school supporters feel good to know there is plenty of support out there!