Highlights from Facebook and the Twittersphere: 6/3/16

DEY takes a look at news making noise on social media. PARCC in the news for censoring critiques of the test on social media. USA Today reports: Publisher’s ultimatum in test leak riles educators Alan Singer poses an important question in the Huffington Post: PARCC Gets Parked: What Testing Companies Don’t Want Parents to Know Fantastic editorial … Read more

Highlights from Facebook and the Twittersphere: 4/29/16

DEY takes a look at news making noise on social media. Valerie Strauss reports on the kindergarten testing mess in Michigan. DEY weighs in: Some bad news for kindergartners in Michigan Via The New York Times: Pearson Under Fire for Monitoring Students’ Twitter Posts The Conversation on why play is vital to young children: Kindergartners … Read more

Highlights from Facebook and the Twittersphere: 4/8/16

DEY takes a look at news making noise on social media. The 2016 Opt Out movement is in full force and making news: Via the Village Voice: New York Opt-Out Rates Remain High, Tests Remain Massively Confusing The New York Post: ‘Opt out:’ Teachers email parents to boycott Common Core tests The New York Daily News: … Read more

Miami Parents Petition for More Time for Recess and Play

The front page of the March 28, 2016 edition of the Miami Herald, featured a nearly full page article about the efforts of parents in South Florida to demand more recess time for their young children.  After Florida’s legislature failed to pass a law mandating recess during the current session, parents decided to fight for their children’s … Read more

Learning to Count to 14 the Common Core Way and the DAP Way…

Learning to Count to 14 the Common Core Way and the Developmentally Appropriate Way – What is the Difference? Why Does it Matter? Unfortunately, in too many kindergartens today, even many of the best trained teachers in play-based, developmentally appropriate practice say they are being pressured into teaching fact-based, “one-size-fits-all” math lessons and find that play-based … Read more