@the Chalk Face radio Sunday at 6:00 pm Eastern. #chalktalk #CrazyinCO.

Tomorrow night @the chalk face radio. Another installment of “Crazy in Colorado.” We will be talking to bully journalist Karin Malchow. Karin just doesn’t understand how paid for reports and internal board press releases can be passed off as news to the public. We will try and help her understand “priority journalism.” Also we’ll be […]

Guest Post from Paul Horton. Standards?

National Standards not Common Core Standards Rather than permitting the issue of the Common Core Standards (CCS) to be a political hot potato in the upcoming election season, I call for our education secretary to establish a national commission on creating national standards. Currently, a few foundations, Microsoft, Pearson Education, and several governors, the Fordham Institute, and our education […]

Guest Post: Ken Derstine. “Talking Back to Mark Gleason”

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, held in Philadelphia from April 3rd – 7th, has come and gone. The thousands of delegates have left town, but for the general public of Philadelphia, the most memorable and long lasting thing to come out of the conference was to get a glimpse of […]

YOU are @thechalkface!

DON’T BE CONFUSED @the chalkface is still the punk rock thrill ride that delivers readers, viewers, and listeners the unfiltered truth about education reform. We don’t take corporate contributions from Gates and Walton. But what about this new Chalkbeat? Sadly they do take funds from Gates and Walton. This is your brain on Chalkbeat. This […]

#optout Chicago: Administrator Pledge


Michelle Gunderson: Administrator’s Pledge on Ethical Treatment of Students Who Opt Out Originally appeared here: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-in-dialogue/2014/03/michelle_gunderson_shares_an_a.html

Some thoughts on #edTPA: Guest Post by Celia Oyler

Celia made the these observations on Facebook in response to the article listed below that appeared in the Times Union. Student teachers in New York face daunting new exams The other fall out is that quite a few excellent beginning teachers are choosing NOT to get certified in the state of New York. Quite a […]

Getting drunk on #edtech: To hell with #poverty.

“Maryland schools need $100 million dollars!” For what? Maybe to, Reduce the rate of low birth weight children among African Americans, Reduce drug and alcohol abuse, Reduce pollutants in our cites and move people away from toxic sites, Provide universal and free medical care for all citizens, Insure that no one suffers from food insecurity, […]

Special episode of @thechalkface radio: What’s happening in Newark?

@the chalkface radio special episode-Thursday January 23rd 7:00 pm Eastern. Special Guest: Dr. Leonard Pugliese, Executive Director of the City Association of Supervisors and Administrators (CASA), the union that represents principals and vice principals in the Newark public schools. Shaun and Tim will spend time on Thursday speaking to Dr. Pugliese about the “suspension” of five […]

#CAEP strikes out.

As I have posted in the past I am no fan of CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) and I have criticized AACTE (American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education) for supporting the CAEP standards. Today I simply would like to present three reasons why opting out of CAEP is warranted. 1) Violates Academic Freedom and Research Ethics 1.4 Providers […]

@johnkuhntx: The Tyranny of the Datum

By John Kuhn Data is a big deal. A great deal of innovation is happening right now in the field of data collection, storage, and management in the field of education. There are some well-documented fears among parents and teachers regarding these trends. Who will control the data? How will the data be used? Will […]

Teaching: The Card Game

By John Kuhn In the spirit of “War” and “Old Maid,” I present a card game called “Teaching.” (Note: there is something inherently icky about symbolizing students with numbers or, in this case, playing cards. I didn’t create this game to imply that students are merely numbers or that some students are “worth more” than […]

@johnkuhntx guest post: Five New Years Resolutions for Public Education Supporters

By: John Kuhn 2013 was a pivotal year for parents, teachers and students who support a free public education for American children. In California, Governor Jerry Brown refused to over-test the state’s students to satisfy bureaucratic demands for data, even in the face of federal threats to withhold Title 1 education funding. In Seattle, Jesse Hagopian and […]

@johnkuhntx guest post: The Wizards of Ed.

By John Kuhn There is a conundrum facing American K-12 education. It is the same conundrum that has always faced American K-12 education. How do we educate “those” kids? “Those” refers to the kids who are dealing with any (or all) of a host of disadvantages. They are from the “wrong” side of the tracks. […]

@thechalkface and @slekar talking turkey: Studio Versions


Shaun and I have been doing the Sunday night radio show on Blog Talk Radio for the last three years.  However, at the same time we have been traveling to Madison, Wisconsin to record professionally produced episodes of @the chalkface at MidWest Family Broadcasting. Over the last three years, during marathon interviewing sessions we have […]

Guest Post by Joseph Rella: A letter to @arneduncan

Secretary Arne Duncan U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue,SW Washington, D.C. 20202 Dear Secretary Duncan: My name is Joseph Rella. I am the Superintendent of Schools in the Comsewogue SchoolDistrict located in Port Jefferson Station, New York. I am writing to you as a non-white surburban mother to express my deep concern over recent comment that you made regardingcriticism […]


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