Modoc County Office of Education

Modoc's schools through the years


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  • What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Standards? I suspect one of the reasons conversation about Common Core state standards has gotten so very confusing and inflammatory is because so few articles, commentaries, and discussions ever spell out what standards are, how teachers use them to guide instruction, and why it might be useful to have common standards.Why the lack of specificity? Maybe because talking about actual standards is -- at least to many non-educators -- kind of boring.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Jul 29, 2014, 1:19 PM by Gary Jones
  • State lawmakers should restore budget control to school boards By: Christine Lizardi Frazier, Kern County SuperintendentIn his 2013 State of the State Address, Gov. Jerry Brown called upon the Legislature to embrace the principle of subsidiarity, stating "it is the idea that a central authority should only perform those tasks which cannot be performed at the more immediate or local level."I could not agree more. This principle was at the heart of the governor's Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), which was enacted a year ago as a means to put more decision-making authority in the hands of local school boards -- which are chosen by voters -- and ensure student needs drive the allocation of resources and development of programs. The educational community applauded the funding overhaul ...
    Posted Jul 15, 2014, 6:45 AM by Gary Jones
  • 10 reasons it's time to move beyond the textbook 1). Paper is getting more and more expensive and textbooks frankly aren't very environmentally friendly.2). Because the typical history book has just a few pages on the Civil War and when I google the 'Civil War' I get 870,000,000 results in .047 seconds.3). I have never seen a textbook that wasn't written with bias or written free of errors. So all the folks who believe that textbooks are 'reliable' and 'unbiased' resources, are sadly mistaken.4). Textbooks can't be adapted and can't be updated once they are printed.5). There are so many relevant and up-to-date resources that are available for free or for very low cost. When it comes ...
    Posted Jul 12, 2014, 8:21 AM by Gary Jones
  • Draft revision of LCAP rules moves forward Members of the State Board of Education uniformly praised the way school districts have created plans to comply with California’s new school improvement and accountability system, but said Thursday that students should have more of a voice in the process. They agreed to move ahead with modest proposed changes in regulations while counseling patience before making more.“Trust the process, be patient and thoughtful, not precipitous,” said board member Patricia Rucker.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Jul 11, 2014, 8:33 AM by Gary Jones
  • Schools expanding social media use to reach parents Ninety-five percent of local and state education agencies nationwide are on Facebook and/or Twitter, according to a recent survey by the Reform Support Network.Eighty percent are or plan to be active on YouTube, and over 50 percent are or intend to start blogging.The survey is included in a four-part tip sheet released by the U.S. Department of Education urging LEAs and SEAs to continue to embrace social media as a communication tool between them and students, parents and the community as a whole.Read more HERE.
    Posted Jul 8, 2014, 7:38 AM by Gary Jones
  • Avoiding the Trap of "Q & A Teaching" "Q & A teaching" is a practice that I was sometimes guilty of, and one that I've frequently seen throw off a lesson in many other teachers' classrooms. This occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson -- the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation.Read this short article HERE.
    Posted Jun 29, 2014, 1:33 PM by Gary Jones
  • California teacher tenure and seniority system is struck down The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan called the ruling a nationwide "mandate" to change similar "laws, practices and systems that fail to identify and support our best teachers and match them with our neediest students." He said the welfare of "millions of young people" is at stake.Read entire article HERE.
    Posted Jun 14, 2014, 8:50 AM by Gary Jones
  • California schools superintendent race heads to runoff Despite a big push of support by the California Teachers Association in the final weeks of the campaign, incumbent Tom Torlakson fell short of clinching re-election for the nonpartisan office in Tuesday’s primary.Though both Torlakson and Tuck are Democrats, they fall on opposing sides of several controversial issues involving teacher evaluation and hiring practices that have drawn interest from education activists looking to overhaul California’s public education system – as well as immense pushback from unions.Torlakson was heavily backed by organized labor, which provided the majority of the more than $1.3 million he raised for his re-election effort leading up to the primary. Independent spending efforts, primarily by the CTA, put more than $2 ...
    Posted Jun 5, 2014, 8:17 AM by Gary Jones
  • 40 Alternatives to College "Kids at 18 have no idea what they want to do in life. The world is a very big place. It's bigger than 5 classes a day on philosophy or chemical engineering."This slideshow challenges the notion that college is the best path for graduating seniors.View the slides HERE.
    Posted Jun 12, 2014, 1:03 PM by Lindsay Christensen
  • ACLU Sues California For 'Equal Learning Time' The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that high poverty schools in California are denying students the learning time they need to succeed. The problem is so great and so pervasive, the lawsuit claims, that it violates the state constitution. "We just celebrated the anniversary of Brown v. Board of Ed, and some of these schools are in worse shape than those in Topeka," says ACLU attorney Mark Rosenbaum, referring to the district that gave the landmark case its name.Read more HERE.
    Posted May 31, 2014, 9:43 AM by Gary Jones
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