• A third-grade teacher writes a letter to his students on the eve of their first state test. (Mr. Foteah)
  • Another city teacher pens “An Ode to the Big Tests,” concluding that “this too shall pass.” (Jose Vilson)
  • A longtime observer of gifted and talented programs answers post-screening questions. (Insideschools)
  • A teacher lists the books she’s found are good at getting her students to read for 15 minutes. (prelife)
  • A useful primer on how schools accumulate local, state, and federal funding. (Schools of Thought)
  • A panel on education that included Joel Klein and Randi Weingarten stuck to the script. (Atlantic)
  • Philadelphia is adding an average of 120 seats at 19 high-performing schools. (Notebook)
  • Philadelphia is also recalculating the grades of schools where cheating was detected. (Notebook)
  • An argument for forcing teachers to work together more often, instead of isolating them. (Atlantic)
  • A math teacher offers 10 principals for designing math assignments that will engage students. (dy/dan)
  • In a beautiful video, an NPR series analyzes just what makes up kids’ cafeteria food.  (Russo)
  • The education department Republican candidates love to hate probably won’t disappear. (CSMonitor)
  • A Finnish education expert explains what the U.S. can and can’t learn from his country. (Answer Sheet)