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Netroots Nation Unite!

July 23, 2010
I’m going to a bloggers conference. My first. I am qualified because I write this blog. But maybe there’s something else that qualifies me. I write what matters to me. I represent 3.2 million educators in America’s public schools, colleges and universities. And when you represent people, you try to give voice to them.
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Building the Perfect Teacher

July 19, 2010
I said to the kids, “You’re building the perfect teacher. Give me a word that describes this person.”
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Good-bye to World Cup, But Not the Teachable Moments - Global Girl Media

July 13, 2010
The euphoria of the final World Cup match is over and so many people around the world don't know what to do with themselves. Summer 2010 has been marked by one nation after another facing off in the stunning World Cup, with the entire world (especially the Americans, more than ever before in the...
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We Don't Live in a Multiple Choice World

June 28, 2010
These Standards are everything. Because they are the foundation. On the cardboard foundation of No Child Left, the house falls. Strong standards are something we can build a future on.
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There's something crazy with the way we approach food

June 25, 2010
You know there’s something really crazy with the way we approach food in this country when 1 in 4 U.S. children stand on the brink of hunger AND 1 in 3 children are obese or overweight . We finally have a chance to change this! This month the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act was...
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April showers bring May flowers, June brings…Early Learning Advocacy Day

June 21, 2010
I always look forward to June—it’s the month to celebrate Father’s Day, the arrival of summer and Early Learning Advocacy Day. This June, California’s Early Learning Advocacy Day convened more than 350 early learning advocates from across the state—including teachers and providers, parents,...

Questions the Media Should Be Asking About Education

June 21, 2010
I knew what was coming. I knew from the pre-show questions the producer asked me off camera how “balanced” the Friends would be. Q. Wouldn’t you say that the key to reform is to fire bad teachers, which is now impossible? A. Well, I’m so glad you asked the question because a lot of people out there...
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Who Needs More Women in Government? Dads.

June 17, 2010
As the first-time mother of an 8-month-old, I’m often concerned with making the world better for my daughter as she grows up. But every day, I also realize that I’m not in this struggle alone. Not only are there millions of moms out there trying to figure out how to balance work, a personal life,...

NYT: Moms are losing work for one simple but shocking reason:

June 7, 2010
Less than two weeks ago, the New York Times reported that more and more moms are losing their jobs and turning to welfare for one shocking reason: They simply can't afford to work. Can't afford to work?! How could that be? Well, it turns out that too often the high cost of childcare is more than...
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Experiment on Sex-Segregated Classes Goes Terribly Awry

June 3, 2010
The ACLU filed an appeal brief last Friday in its lawsuit against a Louisiana school district that segregates students by sex. The ACLU is representing two girls who attend the Rene A. Rost Middle School in Vermilion Parish School District in Kaplan, Louisiana. Two weeks before classes were to...
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