Monthly Archives: July 2012

(Fake) response from TFA over Dr. Royal’s remarks

Today I received (actually I am making this up) an email from one of the directors of communication at the TFA national office about the controversy I’ve sparked by writing about a YouTube video (now deleted) where TFA staffer and … Continue reading

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Live ‘spreecast’ show with guest Roxanna Elden

On Wednesday July 11th at 10:00 PM EST, I will be hosting another live show on Spreecast, with guest Roxanna Elden. Roxanna is TFA alum, a current teacher, and the author of ‘See Me After Class’ and recently did a … Continue reading

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Join me for another live episode of ‘Talking Ed’ this Wednesday

In the past year, I have done only three shows of my internet talk show.  You can see them on my spreecast page here.  Except for the most recent one, which was me responding to questions that people typed in … Continue reading

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The man who saved TFA

One day, that is what I’ll be known as because of this post. But, you’re thinking, aren’t you the guy whose life purpose is to destroy TFA?  Are you not The Joker to their Batman?  No, my purpose is to … Continue reading

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I approve of the recent Wendy Kopp interview on New York 1

Not that she needs my approval, or even reads this blog, most likely, but on T.V. here in New York I saw a recent interview with TFA founder Wendy Kopp which I actually liked.  This is newsworthy because I have … Continue reading

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Royal-ly Screwed

One of the more bizarre things happened today.  Earlier today I came across a video on YouTube from the opening ceremony of the recent Philadelphia institute.  One of the speakers was Dr. Camika Royal, a 1999 Baltimore alum who now … Continue reading

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Surprising ‘anti-reform’ speech at opening of 2012 Philly institute

[Updated] I have spent a lot of time, over the past year, criticizing TFA alums who have gone on to become education ‘reformers.’  These are the people who after two or three years of teaching have entered the leadership pipeline … Continue reading

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Classroom Management? How about Anger Management?

For eight years starting in the summer of 1995 and ending with the summer of 2003, I presented a workshop at TFA institutes.  Back then I described it as a ‘classroom management’ workshop since the last half of it had … Continue reading

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Ms. Lora’s Tall Tale

[Updated version] For the past 10 years, new TFAers have been inspired by the lengthy reading entitled ‘Ms. Lora’s Story,’ about a Houston ’00 corps member who worked miracles in her first year at Blair Elementary School in Houston, getting … Continue reading

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Sugar Bugs

Last week I wrote a post entitled ‘The power of negative thinking’ in which I analyzed a video created by a corps member participating in the 2012 Mississippi Delta institute.  I explained in the post that my intention was not … Continue reading

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