This Week @DonnellKay - Playing Catch-up on the Ravitch-Brooks-Bruce Randolph Debate

It was another fairly quiet week at Donnell-Kay, given Monday’s holiday. But the ed news didn’t seem to stop, despite vacations and the general midsummer lull.

What we’re working on…

Innovative New Schools:

DKF’s executive director Tony Lewis quoted in The Denver Post: DPS OK’s teacher’s new charter

Blended Learning:

Tom Vander Ark: How to double learning time

THE Journal: The disruption of blended learning

What does a good flipped class look like?

What we’re reading…

Denver’s Bruce Randolph School stayed firmly at the center of the Diane Ravitch vs. Reformer debate this week. After Ravitch singled out the school in a late May New York Times op-ed, others came to its defense. Then, this week, columnist David Brooks slammed Ravitch (no mention of BR), sparking a letter from Ravitch and a Paul Tough NYT Magazine piece, the latter which does mention Bruce Randolph. Phew! Tired? Guess what: the debate isn’t over yet. The New York Times promises more about this in Sunday’s Review section.

If you need to play some catch-up, click away:

All this, of course, started when Barack Obama mentioned Bruce Randolph in his 2011 State of the Union Address.

Ravitch: Waiting for a School Miracle

Brooks: Smells Like School Spirit

Ravitch’s Response

Tough: No, Seriously: No Excuses.

Ed Sector’s take: The Bruce Randolph Rorschach Test

Kristina Tabor, Donnell-Kay

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Friday, July 8, 2011