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A school with an 85% pass rate on state tests is deemed a failing school under No Child Left Behind

In a Standardized Era, a Creative School Is Forced to Be More So

 

Cheryl Senter for The New York Times

Linda Rief says teachers' faith in themselves "has been turned aside" by standardized testing.

By MICHAEL WINERIP

Published: October 30, 2011

DURHAM, N.H. — Every spring,…

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Added by Dale Nienow on November 1, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

What can we learn about leadership from Occupy Wall Street?

This is a blog from Jessica Lipnack about leadership and the Occupy Wall Street movement.  It offers some insights for the Community Learning Exchange network.

 

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Occupying leadership #occupy

Without making the media the story here since the media has this recursive, repetitive pattern when it can't make sense of a story... a few words about leadership and Occupy.

Google "leadership occupy Wall Street" and you'll…

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Added by Dale Nienow on October 20, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

2011 National Opportunity to Learn Campaign National Summit

The National Opportunity to Learn Campaign (http://www.otlcampaign.org/) is  hosting a national summit in Washington, DC Dec. 8-10, 2011. I plan to attend. This year's theme is one that many of you can relate to: Uniting Communities for Education Justice and Action.  You can register for the summit at the following website: http://www.otlcampaign.org/summit

Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on October 17, 2011 at 11:01am — No Comments

Check out John Merrow's latest blog: "Be Careful What Your Wish For"

I don't always agree with Merrow, but he tries to be fair (and balanced:).  Anyway, he calls for "new narratives" so I had to share:

 

I hear folks on the right calling for vouchers.  Hello, have they thought that through?  And what about the lefties who want 'individual education plans' for ALL children?  Hello, have they imagined what that could lead to?   We desperately need a new narrative when we talk about public schools.  My thoughts here:…

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Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on October 13, 2011 at 7:34am — 1 Comment

An Invitation to Visit the New IPCR Website Discussion Forum



The website of The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative now has a Discussion Forum.  The IPCR Discussion Forum can be accessed from any IPCR website page at www.ipcri.net  and also at http://ipcrdiscussionforum.proboards.com/index.cgi . The Discussion Forum is from ProBoards (at www.proboards.com ).  The…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on September 19, 2011 at 11:06am — No Comments

Draft: IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011—Section #3 “The End of 'Cheap Energy' (Peak Oil)"



In a previous post titled “Draft ‘IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011’—Sharing Table of Contents, Seeking Input (July 6, 2011, at the Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative website, and other sites), I provided some information about my current project (“IPCR Critical Challenges Assessment 2011”).  While there is still much work left to do to realize the potential of this project, one section is close enough to completion to share (Section 3 “The…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on September 5, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

SAVE PELL DAY

July 25, 2011 is Save Pell Day, an online day of action to tell Washington that America can't afford to balance the federal budget on the backs of college students . If you agree that no student who is eligible for college should be denied access on the basis of financial need, please support the national campaign to save the Pell Grant program.

Pell Grants have been helping students for more than 30 years. In 2012, nearly 10 million students are expected to receive…

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Added by Cheryl D. Fields on July 25, 2011 at 8:10am — No Comments

Teachers Cheating and Incentives

Teachers cheating and Incentives

Blog by Dan Ariely
Jul 19

In recent years there seems to have been a surge in academic dishonesty across many high schools (…

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Added by Dale Nienow on July 20, 2011 at 8:54am — No Comments

Today is Nelson Mandela Day

Today is Nelson Mandela day and also his 93rd birthday.  People arouind the world have been encouraged to honor him by doing 67 minutes of service in remembrance of his 67 years of fighting aparthied in South Africa and to build a better nation.  There's a website where you can send letters to him that's very inspiring: www.letterstomandela.org 

Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on July 18, 2011 at 11:27am — 2 Comments

Union Chief Faults School Reform From ‘On High’

From the New York Times.

Union Chief Faults School Reform From ‘On High’

WASHINGTON — Amid one of the most contentious periods in recent memory for teachers’…

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Added by Dale Nienow on July 13, 2011 at 8:14am — No Comments

Draft “Ten Point Assessment of the Most Difficult Challenges of Our Times”—Sharing “Table of Contents”, Seeking Input



The Five Sections in This Post:

 

Introduction

Two Similar “Big Picture” Assessments

Previous IPCR Initiative Assessment Documents—and What is Different Now

Ways to Maximize Citizen Participation and Solution-Oriented Activity

Draft “Table of Contents” for “A Ten Point Assessment of the Most Difficult Challenges of Our Times”

 

 

Introduction

 

This writer [founder and outreach coordinator of The…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on July 7, 2011 at 4:51pm — No Comments

The IPCR Initiative and Community Visioning Initiatives: How to Grow Consensus for a Community Narrative—“Organically”



Introduction—How Comprehensive Can Peacebuilding Efforts Be?

 

There is much that can be done to generate goodwill and promote peace that has not yet been done.  Having this conviction—and seeing the potential for much compassion and much solution-oriented activity in many spiritual traditions and many fields of activity relating to peacebuilding, community revitalization, and ecological sustainability—has led this writer to explore ways of actualizing such potential. …

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Added by Stefan Pasti on July 3, 2011 at 12:02pm — No Comments

Groupings of Tweets, and Public Lists, as Outreach at Twitter (Ex: “IPCR Outreach 2011”)



The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative is currently carrying out an ongoing effort called “IPCR Outreach 2011”. 

 

This outreach effort includes:

 

1)  discussion postings at various platforms 

2)  cover letters and “A Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative” sent by post mail to many people and organizations 

3)  sending occasional “groupings of tweets” at Twitter (as a way of linking short tweets with…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on June 19, 2011 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Is the work of The IPCR Initiative a credible and trustworthy effort?



About The IPCR Initiative

 

A central focus of The IPCR Initiative is its advocacy for a combination Community Visioning Initiatives, “Community Teaching and Learning Centers” with ongoing workshops, and “sister community” relationships as a way of generating an exponential increase in our collective capacity to overcome the challenges of our times.

 

The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative is currently carrying out an…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on June 19, 2011 at 2:54pm — No Comments

IPCR Outreach 2011



Beginning in February, 2011, The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative has been sending outreach messages by postmail to many people, in many related fields of activity. 

 

Believing there is an urgent need to build bridges between diverse communities of people, this writer (founder and outreach coordinator, Stefan Pasti) has been sending out summary information about The IPCR Initiative (“A Four Page Summary of The IPCR Initiative”), and…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on June 12, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Grace Lee Boggs on Smiley and West radio/Webcast this week

I encourage you all to listen to this interview with Grace Lee Boggs.  Its quite deep but wonderful food for thought.  Check it out at: http://smileyandwest.ning.com/forum/topics/the-conversation-grace-lee

Added by S. Kwesi Rollins on June 10, 2011 at 10:13am — No Comments

Call is out for IDEA Organizers

There are lots of reasons to apply to be an IDEA Organizer. … Continue

Added by Scott Nine on June 2, 2011 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Ready to Relocate, Seeking Trade: Workshops for Room and Board



Having finished a cycle of writing projects as part of building The Interfaith Peacebuilding and Community Revitalization (IPCR) Initiative, and having also created a website for my “Collected Writings”—this writer feels he has sufficient resources to trade with, and is seeking to re-locate to any place where there are people who can make good use of the resources he has to offer.

 

Recommended resources include:

 

1)  “A Four Page Summary of The IPCR…

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Added by Stefan Pasti on May 28, 2011 at 1:03pm — 3 Comments

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