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    Teachers and Schools Can't do it Alone...

    Posted in: 21st Century Literacies

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  • Peter Smagorinsky

    essay at writers who care

    Posted in: CEE: Conference on English ...

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    RE: New Role as Dept Chair

    Posted in: Secondary Level

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  • Peter Smagorinsky

    Essay in The Atlantic

    Posted in: CEE: Conference on English ...

    Smagorinsky, P. (2014, July 19). The ideal head:... more


Ruth FavinIn Honor of Mrs. Ruth Favin
By Emily Zauzmer

I would like to pay tribute to my amazing teacher, Mrs. Ruth Favin, who teaches creative writing and English classes at Upper Dublin High School in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania.

Mrs. Favin’s passion for writing is contagious, and her gift for teaching fosters rich classroom discussions. But the true hallmark of Mrs. Favin’s instruction is her deep sense of personal investment in each and every student. More than any other teacher, she shares her time generously, takes genuine interest in her students, and delights in their successes. For example, when I won a playwriting contest, Mrs. Favin drove an hour away on a weekend to see the production of my play–literally and figuratively going the extra mile.

Mrs. Favin stands out as a remarkably caring, devoted educator who goes above and beyond to support, encourage, and inspire her students. I feel so fortunate to have been one of those students.


Dropping the Ball  The Common Core State Standards Initiative is supposed to prepare K-12 students for higher education -- but college and university faculty members and administrators remain largely removed from planning and rolling out these new assessments and standards. So argues a new paper from the New American Foundation, which urges colleges and universities to get involved in the Common Core to ensure the program ends up doing what it was supposed to do.  Inside Higher Ed, July 22, 2014 

A Plethora of Recommendations Based on a Paucity of Evidence  CEE Chair Louann Reid writes in response to the latest teacher education report and rankings from the National Council on Teacher Quality.  NCTE Website, June 17, 2014