From ASCD, here is a very interesting and timely interview with Diane Ravitch. "If you create a bookshelf of the education writings of Michelle Rhee, Joel Klein, Michael Bloomberg, and Arne Duncan, it would be a very tiny shelf indeed. I am willing to bet that 10 years from now (or maybe 20 years from now), we will look back and say, What was that all about? Why were we willing to have the whole education enterprise directed toward an obsession with standardized test scores when we knew that the tests aren't that accurate? We made a fetish of testing. What we are missing right now are the voices that say so.."
Winter brings it's own host of stressors and EAP is a benefit we have that can assist us. Click here to view the winter newsletter. If you have any questions about EAP please contact any of the representatives or officers of the WBTA. We will be happy to support you in any way we can.
There's a site called Spokeo.com that's a new online, USA phone book w/personal information:
everything from pictures you've posted on FaceBook or web, your approx credit score, home
value, income, age, etc. You can remove yourself by first searching for yourself on their site to
find the URL of your page, then going to the Privacy button on the bottom of their page to
remove yourself. I right clicked on the privacy link as you must fill in the URL of your
information page to be removed. You also have to give an email address so you can send back a
confirmation that you wish to be removed. I suggest creating and using a hotmail account
instead of your regular email. They limit how many times you can use the mail account for
removal in a day. What Spokeo lists for free is scary, but for $2 someone can gain full access
to your profile. Make sure your kids, spouses, and colleagues know to remove themselves as
well. Remember that you have to click on the link in the email to confirm removal. If
you are listed more than once, you must remove yourself from each listing separately.
A message regarding education reform.
"The debate about education reform has intensified over the last few months." states Michael Powell, Assistant to the President for Communications. Click here to read the full message.
Awards and Grants
The New York State Education Department has a listing of Awards and Grants for Teachers. Check
out this link;
http://usny.nysed.gov/teachers/awards.html for more information.
West Babylon Alumni Foundation Hall of Fame Dinner
The WB Alumni Foundation will be honoring five individuals at our second annual hall of fame induction dinner on October 2nd at 6pm at the Galaxie. Last year's dinner was truly a night to remember.
For additional information and the reservation form click here.
Seating is limited so please reserve your seat by September 20, 2010.
Please feel free to share this information with friends and associates.
New! Technology Incentives for Innovation Funding
The Suffolk™s Edge Teacher Center is very excited to unroll our new Technology Incentives for Innovation Funding applications. Teachers can win up to $1500.00 from the Teacher Center to begin programs in their schools using technology to impact teacher and student practice. Applications are due on January 22, and there will be a workshop to help teachers write the applications on January 6. An application and a flyer regarding the January workshop can be found at the link below.
Ask your elected officials to protest mid-year budget cuts to education!
It is important that each of us make the effort by taking a stand in support of our schools and the needs of our students. The following link to the NYSUT page has letters that you can use to help you in this worthy cause.
Thank you for your participation and assistance during this critical time.