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What We're Reading: Questioning whether "grit" can be taught

  • A teacher who says she didn’t learn “grit” until she was 29 questions whether the skill can be taught. (Tween Teacher)
  • A Brooklyn teacher says the city’s special education reforms haven’t helped students with special needs. (Pedagogy of the Reformed)
  • The Common Core gets a 16-“card” explainer. (Vox.com)
  • Principals — and the state’s evaluation system — are under scrutiny after Indiana’s new evaluation system produced many top ratings. (Chalkbeat IN)
  • A city teacher describes how test prep killed the love of reading that he had just successfully instilled. (Slate)
  • A “war room” approach to using data to improve student performance is paying off at a Miami high school. (NPR)
  • A state appeals court rejected a challenge by New Jersey’s teachers union against online learning-heavy schools. (N.J. Spotlight)
  • An upstate kindergartener accidentally went to the wrong school — and no one figured it out for a day. (People)
  • A Harlem fourth-grade teacher shares his greatest worry, about his students who aren’t on the “college track.” (Humans of New York)
  • A principal explains how her school connects data and classroom visits to understand student behavior. (Charter Notebook)
  • The strict discipline code at Chicago’s Noble charter schools network continues to draw fire. (Chicago Tribune )
  • New York City is once again seeking sponsors for its public schools athletic program. (New York World)
  • “Last Chance High” takes viewers inside Moses Montefiore Academy, a Chicago school for at-risk teens. (Vice Media)
  • Former chancellor Dennis Walcott, sporting a beard, jokes that he should be considered for David Letterman’s job. (Observer)
  • After a week of state testing, a Brooklyn mother examines her own comfort level with being average. (Sweetfineday)
  • An early review of Chalkbeat CEO’s Elizabeth Green’s forthcoming book finds hope for the future of education. (Gadfly)
  • An educator offers a reminder: If your kids’ assignments aren’t good, it’s not the Common Core’s fault. (Atlantic)
  • The story of Avonte Oquendo’s death is well known. This version starts with snapshots from his life. (New York Magazine)
  • Murry Bergtraum High School’s UFT chapter leader chronicles the life and times of his “hatchet principal.” (Labor’s Lessons)
  • Hundreds of city private schools have immunization rates that don’t provide “herd immunity.” (Daily Intel)

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