Sunday, November 10, 2013
History, Civics, and STEAM vs. STEM
7:37 am est
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Literacy Forum: Teachers, Librarians, and Young Readers
7:57 am est
A recent Literacy Forum gave voice to teachers, librarians, and students addressing, “Why read?”
This is a timeless question that each generation
has to answer, from the agricultural and then the industrial era to the advent of radio, TV, and many more technologies since.
One accessible, brief exploration is Motoko Rich’s November 2007 New York Times article.
Saturday, November 2, 2013
10:36 pm edt
It’s bloody likely
that I’ll give blood next week, eight weeks since my last donation. More donors are needed.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
“Every Community Deserves a Public School”
7:04 am edt
Sunday, October 6, 2013
“Why Read, Anyway?”
8:47 pm edt
Informed by work including Kelly Gallagher’s Readicide,
the Literacy Coalition of Greater New Haven and the New Haven Free Public Library will co-sponsor an October 23 event.
Saturday, October 5, 2013
A School Gets Its New Building
12:50 pm edt
The new East Rock School, which opened in August and was used for a citywide kindergarten canvass, has its formal dedication tomorrow. Compliments to everyone who made this new school happen.
It will be a boon to the city and the neighborhood.
This is progress; the old building, where I was dozens of times, was badly
in need of replacement years ago.
A July 2008 (July 19) post treated school facilities.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
New Curricular Resources, by Teachers for Teachers
8:52 am edt
Volumes of curriculum units that New Haven public school teachers developed as 2013 Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute Fellows – in four seminars
led by Yale faculty members in the sciences and the humanities – are online.
Also available are units that teachers, from New
Haven and other communities around the country, developed while participating as National Fellows in six seminars led by other
Yale faculty members. These units are at the Yale National Initiative website.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
12:57 am edt
With Hispanic Heritage Month underway
from September 15 through October 15, PBS is airing a documentary series on Latino Americans.
Ifill interviewed Ray Suarez, her colleague and author of a book that accompanies the series.
Among the historians consulted for the series was Stephen Pitti of Yale, mentioned in an August 2013 (August 10) post below.
the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute, Steve Pitti led New Haven and national seminars on “Latino Cultures and Communities”
in 2006 and 2007, with Fellows developing curriculum units on such topics as “Civil Rights Struggles in the Latino Community.”
Sunday, September 8, 2013
International Literacy Day
2:42 pm edt
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Shanker Blog, Travis Bristol
8:47 am edt
Saturday, August 31, 2013
March on Washington, 1963 and 2013
4:23 pm edt
The fiftieth anniversary
of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom has drawn attention (for example, from NPR and the New York Times)
throughout August. My father participated in the 1963 march and returned to Washington for the commemorative
occasion on August 28.
reflected on the 1963 experience and its significance, in a Hartford Courant op-ed and a New York Times post, and in a local NBC TV story from D.C. this week.
my wife, children, and I were in D.C. last weekend, as mentioned in the August 25 post below.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Visiting the Lincoln and MLK Memorials
1:41 pm edt
Yesterday my family wasn’t marching, just strolling (and briefly
biking) around the National Mall. But we walked amid the anniversary marchers following their pilgrimage to the Lincoln and King memorials on Saturday – and we previewed that march on Friday.
It was the first time my wife and children had seen the Lincoln Memorial, and the first time any of us had seen the
new King Memorial.
the Lincoln Memorial, I read my children the inscribed Gettysburg Address and told them of the July 1863 battle that Lincoln
recalled in his brilliant speech months later. We looked out over the reflecting pool (along which we had
just walked), to the Washington Monument and beyond. We imagined the scene fifty years ago, the speakers
on the steps and the crowd (which included my father) listening below.
At the King Memorial, among the powerful inscriptions of his words
are these from 1967, in the final months of his life: “If we are to have peace on earth, our loyalties must become ecumenical
rather than sectional. Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and
this means we must develop a world perspective.”
Beyond evoking the legendary event of August 28, 1963, this weekend prompted my own
memories of three D.C. marches in which I participated from the late 1980s through mid-2000s – one for housing and two
for women’s lives. When my children grow a bit older and develop more endurance for sustained walking
and standing in crowds, I expect we will participate as a family in such a march. The need for collective
protest and affirmation will surely continue.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
Historian Stephen Pitti on Families, Spanning Borders
7:24 am edt
Sunday, August 4, 2013
Guns and Domestic Violence
7:56 am edt
The relationship between
guns and domestic violence is in the news, as it too often is on the crime blotter.
At the bottom of a New Haven Independent article on legislation proposed by Connecticut’s U.S. Senators, Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy, I
posted a comment containing various links.
Domestic violence has been a recurring topic on this blog, for example in a January 2012 (January 21) post.
Saturday, August 3, 2013
John Lawrence’s “DOMEocracy” on Government Secrecy
8:45 am edt
A March 2013 (March 9) post mentioned John Lawrence’s new blog, DOMEocracy. His latest observations, on “The Clandestine Congress,” as well as other historically
informed posts, are incisive.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Edward Ball’s “The Inventor and the Tycoon”
8:10 am edt
A July 7 post below
mentioned Sticks and Stones, a book by Emily Bazelon. I just finished a book by another New Haven-based
author, Edward Ball, known for works including his important book Slaves in the Family.
Edward Ball’s latest book, The Inventor
and the Tycoon, is about an inventor of motion pictures, E. Muybridge (who gave himself various names and spellings over
the years) and his onetime patron Leland Stanford – the railroad tycoon whose land and fortune created Stanford University.
The book’s history (including of Gilded Era-political corruption and extravagance, as well as of technology)
and the author’s understated wit make the story both enlightening and entertaining.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
7:22 pm edt
I donated blood recently and encourage
others to give blood, which one may do every eight weeks.
(For example, locally on August 16, there will be a blood drive at New Haven’s municipal Hall of Records; other
Fridays, the Red Cross chapter house on Whitney Avenue is typically the location.)
Sunday, July 7, 2013
“Defeating the Culture of Bullying…”
8:35 am edt
I recently read Emily Bazelon's book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy.
Her book is valuable and subtle, informing readers about bullying without exaggerating it in promoting a positive culture
of “character and empathy.”
of the authorities she cites, Susan Swearer of the University of Nebraska, describes "five myths about bullying" (December 2010, Washington Post).
Emily Bazelon’s book also gives attention to Facebook’s fitful
attempts to reduce bullying behaviors through that online medium.
Now, Facebook is benefiting from Yale's Marc Brackett and the psychological insights that he and colleagues at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence bring to this effort.
They are focusing on 13- and 14-year-olds and advice for their parents, teachers, and guidance counselors.
Thursday, July 4, 2013
“Those Who Serve”
2:31 pm edt
NPR’s “Those Who Serve”
series today featured Sgt. Chris Cunningham, now on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan and training Afghan soldiers.
Thanks to Sgt. Cunningham, and the other members of the military and their families, for their service to our nation
and the world.
A July 2012 (July 4) post cited a prior installment in NPR’s “Those Who Serve” series. A March 2013 post treated Tomas Young’s “Last Letter” on the Iraq War.
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Recruitment, Experiences, and Retention of Teachers
9:03 am edt
Travis Bristol –
a doctoral candidate at Teachers College and a clinical teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency program –
recently sent me information about his dissertation project, “Men of the Classroom: An Exploration of how the Organizational Conditions, Characteristics, and Dynamics in Schools
Affect the Recruitment, Experiences, and Retention of Black Male Teachers.”
Travis, whom I met when he was a 16-year-old senior at Manhattan’s
Washington Irving High School in 1998-99, has a profile on the Boston Teacher Residency website.
teaching of Othello to New York City 10th-graders was featured on a Teachers College site before he entered graduate school there.