Speak Out: Waiting for "Superman"

Phone Booth, February 2008 by Flickr user Maggie Osterberg.

The documentary film, Waiting for “Superman,” by producer Davis Guggenheim is scheduled to open in Columbus on Friday, Oct. 14. A film that evokes strong emotions, it tells the story of injustice in America’s education system. It says important things about the challenges of the public education system. However, the reductive messaging—“charters are good” and “teachers unions are bad”—oversimplifies complicated issues and threatens to thwart thoughtful discussions about improving public schools.

You will be tempted to get defensive about this film. But CEA welcomes and encourages filmgoers to join us in our mission of making great public schools for every student. Association members have always led the fight for great public schools, and we hope the movie inspires others to become engaged in a larger discussion about the shared responsibility for public education.

The CEA Blog wants to know:

What are your thoughts about  Waiting For “Superman”? Do you think this film will create a constructive or divisive dialogue about improving public education? Feel free to write a review if you have already seen the film!

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Speak Out: How Did You Spend Your Snow Day?

"I Miss Summer" by Flickr user Fensterbme.

The convergence of an excessive accumulation of snow, high winds, low temperatures and treacherous driving conditions prompted Columbus City Schools to cancel classes and all extracurricular activities on Friday, Jan. 8.

Throughout central Ohio, thousands of CEA members woke up to the silent beauty of freshly fallen snow and the realization of an unexpected day out of the classroom.

Friday marked the district’s first use of a snow day for the 2009-2010 school year. For hundreds of first-year teachers in CCS it was their first snow day ever.

How did you spend your first snow day of the 2009-2010 school year?

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Speak Out: What's Your Instructional Dream Item?

The Surprised Onion Man by flickr user smithco.

The Surprised Onion Man by flickr user smithco.

For this Speak Out, The CEA Blog would like its readers to put on their thinking caps.

Imagine—you’ve returned to school after a long and restful winter break. You open your door, and there’s a surprise. In the center of your room is a cardboard box of indeterminate size.

On the box, there’s a typed card that reads:

“This is what you had said you needed to improve instruction with your students. This is the instructional dream item you had always said you wanted to help you educate your students.”

What instructional dream item would you like to return to in your classroom after winter break that would help you improve your students’ achievement?