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New Jersey State BOE Testimony: 1/11/16

Good afternoon and thank you for the opportunity to speak. My name is Melissa Katz and I am a junior in the 5-year Integrated Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Teaching in Urban Elementary Education at The College of New Jersey. Today I would like to speak about PARCC testing and the “unintended consequences” that…

With credit to Ed Birch and Tap Into South Brunswick-Cranbury

The Illusion of Local Control

It started out as a typical Monday night–South Brunswick Board of Education had their regularly scheduled meeting in progress, discussing updates on district goals that were outlined at the beginning of the school year. There was only one problem: this presentation was nowhere to be found on the agenda. Therefore, no one in the public…

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11 Signs You’re A Future Teacher

So many sleepless nights questioning the very foundations of what we call “education.” Someone is bound to bring up standardized tests since it’s what *everyone* is talking about. So in typical fashion, when you’re asked, “So, what are your thoughts on standardized tests?” (the person expecting a simple, “ugh, I hate them” response), you take…

Changes before the State Board of Education (entire presentation can be found here: http://www.state.nj.us/education/sboe/meetings/2015/June/public/NJAC%206A%209%209A%209B%209C%20Propsal%20Level%20Presentation%20Enhancing%20Teacher%20Preparation%20and%20Certification_P.pdf)

To Be or Not To Be: A Teacher

Every day I am confronted with the reality of what it’s like becoming a teacher under new accountability regimes that are too often backed with little to no evidence, while often times evidence exists proving the ineffectiveness, unreliability, and invalidity of these changes – all of which I, as an aspiring teacher, will soon be…

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…