Blogs and Websites
The Caucus of Rank and File Educators (CORE) is a group of dedicated teachers, retirees, Paraprofessional School Related Personnel (PSRPs), parents, community members and other champions of public education. They fight for equitable public education and to improve the Chicago Teacher’s Union (CTU).
Deborah Meier on Education has been working in public education as a teacher, principal, writer, advocate since the early 1960s, and ranks among the most acclaimed leaders of the school reform movement in the U.S. She spent 45 years working in K-12th grade public schools in New York City (East Harlem) and Boston (Roxbury) including leadership of several highly successful small democratically run public urban schools–the Central Park East schools and Mission Hill. She has written many books, and is the recipient of well-deserved awards. She is a fierce defender of democratic schools.
Edutopia: The George Lucas Education Foundation is a nonprofit which advocates programs for K-12 public schools across the nation. While I don’t always agree with them, they have a prominent presence on social media and many fine articles about teaching and schools.
Get Schooled with Maureen Downey is an Atlanta blog with timely discussions about schools that are important for parents and educators around the country. Her blog is timely and engaging.
Great Schools for America was started in 2009 by teacher Debby Mayer, and later with the addition of her colleagues Judy Eustice and Hazel Tribble. It’s still relevant and provides history about education reform and problems in public education.
Rosanne Wood is the campaign website of Rosanne Wood. Rosanne was principal SAIL (School for Arts and Innovative Learning) and has won many awards for her advocacy for children.
NYC Educator is a blog primarily for New York City teachers, but has interesting topics pertinent to all teachers.
ProTeacher Community (PT)–a website with a lot of threads where teachers can find support for issues they face in the classroom. There is also a JOB SEARCH link. Mostly this site appears to be for early childhood and elementary school, but other areas like special education are included.
Stories from School: Practice Meets Policy is from Washington, amd there are quite a few teacher leader authors who contribute to this Blog and they also have an award sticker from the Washington Post, so I’m sold. But really the posts are interesting and cover new ground to consider.
Teachers for Social Justice (TSJ) is a Chicago organization of teachers, administrators, pre-service teachers, and other educators working in public, independent, alternative, and charter schools and universities in the Chicago area. They came together based on their commitment to education for social justice and their work to create diversity with multicultural/multilingual classrooms. They want good, fair but caring education that provides students with the understanding to ask questions in the world. The group also works on campaigns and to assist educators in getting their voices into the discussion of school policy.
Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates includes, “Educators from the U.S. and beyond” share there poignant teaching stories with Bill Gates. They tell how the education policies of the Gates Foundation have influenced their classroom, the students, their teaching schools and the communities. The letters are heartfelt. Are Mr. and Mrs. Gates listening?
Film Documentary and YouTube Videos
Go Away TFA Deb Mayer
Good Morning Mission Hill See how teachers are meant to work with children. By Tom and Amy Valens
“Teach for America: The Hidden Curriculum of Liberal Do-Gooders.” by Hartman, Andrew. 2012. Jacobin.
Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag by Laurel M. Sturt
Developing a Winning Grant Proposal by Donald C. Orlich and Nancy R. Shrope
Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks by David A. Greene
Educational Renewal: Better Teachers, Better Schools by John I. Goodlad
Education’s Missing Ingredient: What Parents Can Tell Educators by Victoria M. Young
The Empowerment of Teachers; Overcoming the Crisis of Confidence by Gene I. Maeroff
Renewing Schools and Teacher Education: An Odyssey in Educational Change by Kenneth A. Sirotnik
Teachers for Our Nation’s Schools by John I. Goodlad
Teaching Strategies: A Guide to Effective Instruction by Donald C. Orlich, Robert J. Harder, Richard C. Callahan and Michael S. Trevisan
Trivializing Teacher Education: The Accreditation Squeeze by Dale D. Johnson, Bonnie Johnson, Stephen J. Farenga, and Daniel Ness
Who Controls Teachers’ Work? Power and Accountability in America’s Schools by Richard M. Ingersoll