On Monday, Add Your Voice
One theme of this blog over the past several months has been concern that the conversation on public education does not reflect that the reality of most public schools. It reflects the spin of mainstream and talk show media, political figures and business celebrities. Educator and parent voices are often left out of conversations on the state – and future – of our nation’s schools.
Others share this concern. That is why this coming Monday, November 22 has been declared a national Day of Blogging for Real Education Reform. It is a grassroots effort to bring together educators (including parents) to offer their ideas on how to improve America’s public schools.
On that day, give thanks for educational successes, share your ideas for real reform or describe an educational community that makes a difference for contemporary learners.
Other potential topics include:
- Can we fire our way to success? Some educational reformers view the inability to easily fire teachers and principals as a substantial barrier to increasing student achievement. What do you think?
- What role do charter schools play in driving public school transformation? Are there charter schools in your community? How have they impacted your school or district?
- What state and federal policies have driven the students in your school to success? Describe how your experience as an educator, parent or student has been impacted by governmental policy. Moving forward, what kind of policies do you advocate?
Once you have written a blog post, you can add it to the collective voice in a couple of ways.
1) Post it on the Educator’s PLN at http://edupln.ning.com/
- Create a profile
- Add your post to the “Blog Post” panel on the right sidebar (or create a post linking back to your own blog)
2) Drop ASCD your link on Twitter @ASCD_Inservice
3) Add your link to the comments section of http://coopcatalyst.wordpress.com/2010/10/29/ideas/
Whichever you choose, if you tweet your post, include the hashtag #blog4reform
And if you feel so inclined, you can leave a link in the comments on this post as well…
Click here to browse dozens of Public School Insights interviews with extraordinary education advocates, including:
- National PTA President Otha Thornton on the Common Core
- 2013 School Counselor of the Year Mindy Willard on the state of her profession
- Supervisor of Administration John Swang on saving money in energy costs
The views expressed in this website's interviews do not necessarily represent those of the Learning First Alliance or its members.
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