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  • READ: TAKING NOTE: NAEP & “GETTING TOUGH ON TEACHERS”: Much has been made of NAEP gains in DC, but lets take a second look. Read more here.
    (November 12, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE -NEWS AND A REQUEST: If you were Arne Duncan, what would you do? Share your thoughts here.
    (November 7, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - A RASH OF STUDIES: John Merrow writes about 4 new education studies. Read here.
    (October 31, 2013)
  • WATCH: REBIRTH LIVE CHAT: John Merrow and John Tulenko¬† discuss the making of the film. Watch the video here.
    (October 28, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - A PROFESSIONAL AT WORK: A video example of great teaching. Read and watch more.
    (October 16, 2013)
  • WATCH: THE TRAINING GAP: How should reading teachers be trained? We visit an innovative public school in Hartford, CT that may serve as a model for the rest of the nation. Watch here.
    (October 15, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - EDUCATION NATION VI: John reviews NBC’s education event. Read more.
    (October 11, 2013)
  • WATCH: APP CAMP: High school students build their own mobile phone apps in a summer program. Watch here.
    (October 8, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - VALUING TEACHERS: How do we feel about teachers? John looks at surveys. Read more.
    (October 3, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - DO WE NEED MORE HEROES?: John feels that we toss around the word ‘hero’ way too easily. Read more.
    (September 19, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - A HEARTBREAKING - AND PREVENTABLE - DEATH: How can schools prevent cyberbullying? Read more.
    (September 19, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - NO MORE RHEE: John Merrow has decided to stop reporting on Rhee. Why? Find out here.
    (September 12, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - BACK TO SCHOOL- WHAT LIES AHEAD?: John Merrow feels that this school year is going to bring into bold relief some disconnects between and among various interest groups in education, starting with the Common Core. Read more here.
    (September 3, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - CRITICIZING COMMON CORE REPORTING: Was our last report an infomercial? John Merrow responds to critics. Read here.
    (August 21, 2013)
  • WATCH: STUDENTS SOUND OFF ON COMMON CORE TESTS: A group of New York 8th graders share their thoughts. Watch here.
    (August 14, 2013)
  • WATCH: PBS NEWSHOUR - COMMON CORE - PART 2: TESTING: Will the new Common Core tests be able to measure reading critically, listening carefully and working collaboratively, in addition to math and English? Watch here.
    (August 14, 2013)
  • WATCH: PBS NEWSHOUR - COMMON CORE - PART 1: TEACHING: How are the new standards, which emphasize skills like reading critically, listening carefully and working collaboratively, likely to change classrooms in 45 states and the District of Columbia? Watch here.
    (August 13, 2013)
  • WATCH: PODCAST - JOHN KING: The Commissioner of Education for New York State shares his thoughts about the Common Core. Listen here.
    (August 13, 2013)
  • READ: WHY I TEACH: Teacher Kim Wootton shares the story of her entry into project-based learning. Read here.
    (August 8, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - “WHAT KIND OF FOOL AM I?”: John discusses Tony Bennett & school accountability. Read more here.
    (August 7, 2013)
  • READ: WHY I TEACH: Alysia D’Urso of Providence, RI talks about making a difference. Read here.
    (August 1, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - A STORY ABOUT MICHELLE RHEE THAT NO ONE WILL PRINT: Much of the Michelle Rhee story is not mentioned in the mainstream press. John’s 4x-rejected op-ed - read it here.
    (July 31, 2013)
  • READ: WHY I TEACH: Tom Ehrlich writes on how he learned to teach. Read more.
    (July 25, 2013)
  • WATCH: PBS NEWSHOUR - THE LANGUAGE WAR IN NEW BRITAIN: This PBS NewsHour report profiles a new English Immersion program in the majority-Latino school district of New Britain, CT. Watch here.
    (July 18, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - THE BUSINESS OF SCHOOLS IS…?: Why aren’t schools teaching the skills employers want? John writes on this here.
    (July 18, 2013)
  • READ: WHY I TEACH: Joseph Murphy’s poetic ode to teaching - read here.
    (July 17, 2013)
  • READ: WHY I TEACH: Julie Pickhaver on why she puts herself through all the stresses of teaching middle school - read here.
    (July 11, 2013)
  • READ: TAKING NOTE - SUMMER READING FOR WONKS: Summer is a good time to relax with an education book - check out John’s reading list here.
    (July 3, 2013)
  • READ: THE QUALITY OF TEACHER TRAINING IS NOT… John discusses the recently-released NCTQ study, which lambasts the profession, and offers his own ideas about the issues surrounding teacher training. Read more.
    (June 24, 2013)
  • READ: IS MICHELLE RHEE A FRAUD? Read John’s take here.
    (June 19, 2013)
  • READ: ARE TEACHERS BEING ADEQUATELY PREPARED FOR THE CLASSROOM?: A new study says no. Watch John Merrow discuss the many issues with teacher training on the NewsHour here.
    (June 18, 2013)
  • READ: THE COMMON CORE AND THE END OF THE WORLD: What do the new standards really mean for education? Read more here.
    (June 13, 2013)
  • READ: MAKING DEMANDS: Suppose you were a superintendent. What guarantees would you demand from your principals? John Merrow discusses here.
    (June 5, 2013)
  • WATCH: INTERVIEW - DOLLY PARTON & JOHN MERROW: An extended web-exclusive interview. Watch or listen here.
    (May 29, 2013)
  • WATCH: DOLLY PARTON’S IMAGINATION LIBRARY: The country superstar’s program gives away thousands of books to children. Watch here.
    (May 29, 2013)
  • AN OPEN LETTER TO THE ARCHITECTS OF THE COMMON CORE: How can a standardized test really test for grit, teamwork, communication, innovation, ambition and the like? Read more.
    (May 29, 2013)
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