Monthly Archives: September 2012

10 blog posts have SepTENber

Made the 30 day challenge… … But not by much. — September 30, 11:43 PM

Happy birthday Sue Siegel!

  This is Sue Siegel at her 90th birthday party today. For simplicity of explanation, Sue is basically my great aunt. To everyone around her, she is an object lesson in how to live fully, joyfully, and beautifully. Go Sue! Happy birthday!

Why I’m supporting Jumoke Hinton-Hodge for Oakland School Board

Tomorrow night, I’m hosting a party for a personal local hero of mine, Jumoke Hinton Hodge (details at the end of this post). Jumoke is running for reelection to Oakland’s school board, in District 3 (West Oakland-Downtown). Over many years, I’ve had the opportunity to witness her fearlessness in the interest of our students, and I’m […]

Remembering Henry Bamberger

This week, my mother’s cousin Henry died peacefully at the age of 92. I worked with Henry’s wife Margot and his sons Mark and John to write a brief remembrance, which is below. Henry, we will miss you. Henry J. Bamberger, a onetime refugee who became one of the most respected and trusted members of […]

Setting the Record Straight on School of One

If you happened to read the New York Daily News story on School of One last week, you should read this as well. School of One is an innovative middle school math program that based on a high-tech system that helps teachers determine students’ daily learning needs, and then enables them to work with students […]

Paul Tough’s book about character and education is out. Read it.

If you live anywhere near the intersection of education and underserved kids, you’ve already probably heard a lot about the new Paul Tough book, “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.” In it, Tough, a former New York Times Magazine editor and a longtime contributor to This American Life, takes on […]

Teachers union leaders, entrepreneurs talk; no one injured

CHARLOTTE, NC: The leaders of the two major US teachers unions, together representing about 4.7 million teachers, talked with two leading education entrepreneurs in a panel that I had the honor of moderating in an event connected with the Democratic National Convention yesterday. The event was sponsored by Democrats for Education Reform, as a follow-up […]