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Education Bloggers Network Supporting the Public Schools

  • Dr. James Arnold is a product of public education. A native of Sunflower County MS, he graduated from Provine HS in Jackson MS in 1970, Ole Miss in 1974 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Ole Miss again with a Masters in Music in 1977 and the University of Alabama in 1993 with an Ed. D in Secondary Education. He served Lamar County AL as band director grades 6-12 from 1974–1991 and moved to Columbus GA as Director of Bands at Columbus HS in 1991. After the CHS band grew from 27 members to 225 in 1995, he was named Assistant Principal at Shaw HS, Principal at Shaw in 2001 and Superintendent of Pelham City Schools in 2010. He is a published author, has written 7 children’s books and contributes regularly to the Atlanta Journal and Washington Post on educational matters.

  • Arthur H. Camins is the Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at the Stevens Institute of Technology where he leads the Center’s curriculum, professional development and research work. He writes about issues related to education policy and STEM education.
  • Gerri Songer’s blog We Are More offers information intended to support teachers, public schools, and public education in America. Gerri is the Education Chair of the District 214 Education Association and she has 23-years’ experience working with both special education and general education students at the secondary level.
  • Paul Thomas hosts The Becoming Radical. He taught high school English in rural South Carolina before moving to teacher education where he’s an Associate Professor of Education at Furman University, Greenville, SC. He’s also the author of several books that may be found through his Amazon author’s page @ P. L. Thomas.
  • Russ Walsh hosts Russ on Reading where he discusses sound literacy instruction, support for teachers and defends public education.

  • Ralph Ratto is an elementary school teacher just trying to do the right thing. He hosts Opine I will.
  • Dave Greene is a former High School Social Studies teacher and coach in The Bronx, Greenburgh, NY and Scarsdale, NY. He has been an adjunct for Fordham University, mentoring Teach For Americans in the Bronx. He is a staff member of WISE Services, an advisor to the Foundation For Male Studies, a HS football coach, and is the treasurer of Save Our Schools March. Dave is also the author of Doing the Right Thing: A Teacher Speaks, and hosts DCGEducator: Doing the Right Thing.
  • Ken Bernstein posts at the Daily Kos and says that only a quarter of what he publishes there is on education.
  • Marie Corfield is a mother, artist, teacher, education activist, former NJ State Legislature candidate—that teacher in that Chris Christie You Tube video (below)—writes about education, poverty, politics, women’s issues, social justice and lives in a world gone strange.

Lovell recommends Tom Newkirk’s Holding On to Good Ideas in a Time of Bad Ones: Six Literary Principles Worth Fighting For and his 2013 Postscript: Speaking Back to the Common Core

  • Susan DuFresne and Katie Lapham co-author the Blog Teachers’ Letters to Bill Gates. Their mission is to create a dialogue with Bill and Melinda Gates in order to achieve a democratic influence on public education through the voices of education researchers, professors of education,administrators, school board members,  professional teachers, parents, students, and community members.


This is a film about the impact of poverty and corporate education reform on children.


Apple is giving 5 week trained TFA’s a free iPad, not to professional teachers with BA, MA, or National Board Cert Teachers.


How does Finland teach their children? Through Trust!

Stu Bloom wants to look closely at what’s happening in our schools and try to determine why it’s the politicians who are determining the curriculum and teaching methods. He wants to figure out why teachers have become the enemy to so many Americans and what he can do to rectify that misconception. He wants to help re-make the public schools in the US into places where children learn and teachers teach and discover the joy of that interaction. Stu wants to figure out ways to make readers and thinkers out of students … and he wants to find ways to help them let go of the pain of failure and learn to enjoy learning.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is a former U.S. Marine and Vietnam Veteran,
who taught in the public schools for thirty years (1975 – 2005).

His third book is Crazy is Normal, a classroom exposé, a memoir. “Lofthouse presents us with grungy classrooms, kids who don’t want to be in school, and the consequences of growing up in a hardscrabble world. While some parents support his efforts, many sabotage them—and isolated administrators make the work of Lofthouse and his peers even more difficult.” – Bruce Reeves

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Lofthouse’s first novel was the award winning historical fiction My Splendid Concubine [3rd edition]. His second novel was the award winning thriller Running with the Enemy. His short story A Night at the “Well of Purity” was named a finalist of the 2007 Chicago Literary Awards. His wife is Anchee Min, the international, best-selling, award winning author of Red Azalea, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year (1992).

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