It's not easy being real and rigorous: How tough teaching can help turn around classrooms and schools
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Efforts to improve post-secondary outcomes are often focused on increasing rigor. But simply amping up curricular intensity and expectations isn't enough - and can lead to negative outcomes among students who are already struggling to succeed. We can set expectations that are both ambitious and achievable, though, by coupling increased curricular rigor with tough teaching approaches aimed at cognitive and non-cognitive growth.
Attention California charter school educators: During the week of April 8, the California Assembly Education Committee will hear AB 787, another CTA sponsored bill targeted at drastically changing the autonomy of local charter school boards. Learn more about the proposed legislation here. Get involved and reach out to your state representative. Here is a template letter to get you started.
by Glenn Walker
Webster’s dictionary defines the graphic novel as story presented in comic book format presented in a book. In 1978 Will Eisner published what many consider the first graphic novel: "A Contract with God." (1) By the 1980's the graphic novel gained popularity with such titles as "Maus: A Survivor's Tale", "The Watchmen", and "The Dark Knight Returns." By 2006 sales of graphic novels reached $250 million. (2) Educators have recently begun using graphic novels in schools. School librarians are stocking them on their shelves in order to get students excited about reading. In part one of this series I want to share with you some titles that are out there that you might want to include in your classroom library or in your lesson plans. Here's a list of books to get you started: