Student Teachers: The Missing Piece to the Reform Puzzle

At a time when there is such extensive conversation around PARCC testing and teacher evaluations, especially in places like New Jersey, one area that hasn’t been explored as much is the impact on student teaching. Essentially, the opportunity for field placement\student teaching in the spring semester has disappeared. While we as student teachers are still…

Mr. President Mark Biedron: Do Our Kids Deserve Less?

Yesterday was the monthly State Board of Education meeting at the New Jersey Department of Education. Around 100 parents, teachers, students, and concerned citizens showed up to testify during the afternoon open-topic session, mostly speaking in regards to concerns over the new state-standardized PARCC testing, and general concerns around high-stakes standardized testing. It was quite…

My Response to SB Superintendent

At the last South Brunswick Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jelling came to the podium for about 10 minutes to give a short speech on PARCC, testing, and opting-out. I recorded his short speech, which can be seen below (the link should bring you right to the video). After coming home from the meeting…