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  •  a bit of an explanation (33+ / 0-)

    I applied for a Spencer Fellowship at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, which in conjunction with Teachers College subsidizes three people per year to do long-form journalism on education.  When I applied no teacher had ever been award one of the fellowships.  Most of what you have read is from my proposal, with some additional material added as I reworked it at the suggestion of Roger Hickey who said he might want a version of it at the Campaign for America's Future's blog.  

    I was able to offer it to him because I did not get the fellowship -  they decided they would rather give all three awards to journalists.  Thus the irony -  a proposal on how to include teacher voice in the making of education policy was not deemed worthy enough, once again preventing the voice of teachers from being heard.

    I am not doing the book I had planned.

    I have moved on.

    But I am proud of that proposal.

    Which is why I was delighted to have an opportunity to rework it.

    I thank Roger and CAF for allowing me to guest blog.

    And like my good friend Jeff Bryant, their regular blogger on education and a member of this community, I am choosing to cross-post here so more people might see it.

    I will be honored if you choose to share it, in either version, and perhaps to keep it visible here?



    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Tue Jan 15, 2013 at 02:50:36 PM PST

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