Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Teach for America Summit Blogger to Co-Blog at Ed Notes

Ed Notes will no longer be under the sole stewardship of the old folk. TFA Summit Blogger who caused a bit of a stir with her posts from inside the TFA Summit on Feb. 12, will be doing some co-blogging at this site, using the handle "M.A.B."

The addition of a 5th year teacher's educational perspective should enrich the content of Ed Notes. M.A.B. brings a midwesterner's perspective as a counterpoint to the usual Ed Notes Brooklyn-tinged "in your face" attitude. The almost 40 year difference in age should make for some interesting interactions as M.A.B. brings a political/educational view directly from a kindergarten classroom in one of the poorest areas of the city. M.A.B. will remain anonymous to enable her to write about the classroom and the school.

I've been working with M.A.B. in the Grassroots Education Movement and have been impressed with the range of skills this young activist has demonstrated. On Feb. 12, her TFA Summit blogs came through all day with extensive coverage from the perspective of someone who is not a true believer. Diane Ravitch tweeted: "hilarious/depressing."

Links to M.A.B. Feb. 12 postings

Part 1: Live Blogging from Teach for America 20th Anniversary Summit

Part 2: Live Blogging from Teach for America 20th Anniversary Summit - Randi Weingarten

Part 3: Live Blogging from Teach for America 20th Anniversary Summit, - Afternoon Session

Part 4: Live Blogging from Teach for America 20th Anniversary Summit, With Closing Plenary

M.A.B.'s next post will be a follow-up to these posts. "Teach for America 20th Anniversary Alumni Summit:  Conclusions, Questions, and other Ruminations" will be posted March 2 in mid-morning.


  1. A great addition. The blogs from the summit were wonderful. It's hard to find balance in the media regarding "ed-deformers" and those who oppose it.

    Good luck, M.A.B.

  2. Welcome, M.A.B.

    Your voice is badly needed.

  3. Brilliant idea Norm - and great to have your voice in this great struggle with the forces of evil.


  4. In the struggle it's easy to view those with a different perspective as not worthy of respect. So good for you for trying to figure out how people can come to such different conclusions. Maybe some of them are actually evil. But maybe some are ill-informed. Or just plain wrong, as all us humans sometimes are. But trying to find ways to communicate with others who care about children reveals a purity of purpose--what's really important is not whose label you wear, but whether you're working to making educational equity for all our kids a reality. It's easy to label those with a different perspective. Good for you for having the courage to suggest a different path.

  5. Thank you all for your encouragement!


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