Washington Post reporter and education blogger Jay Matthews and his blogging Post colleague Valerie Strauss highlighted their picks for best education blogs for 2010. They sought a mix of the serious and the sublime, and disqualified the legendary education blogs they already display in the margins of their own blogs. Mathews blog can be found by clicking here. Strauss’s blog can be found by clicking here.
Here is the list for 2010, along with descriptions provided by Matthews and Strauss. You can view the blogs themselves by clicking on the hyper-linked titles:
A Passion for Teaching and Opinions : By a northern California teacher and coach, one of the best written and most interesting of teacher blogs. Good with an expletive, like my favorite coaches, he often makes me laugh.–Jay.
Assorted Stuff: The blogger is a Fairfax County (Virginia) schools tech guy who kicks me around frequently, thus getting extra points–Jay.
Charter Insights: Fun to read, very droll, focuses mostly on Colorado but has some national insights.–Jay
Free Tech 4 Teachers: I am not qualified to judge ed tech blogs, but we need to have some. Many readers mentioned these guys, and they seem smart and vivid.–Jay
Educated Reporter: Author and former Washington Post reporter Linda Perlstein is public editor for the Education Writers Association. Her writing is aimed at helping journalists improve coverage of schools and children but is accessible to non-journalists as well.–Valerie
Education Policy Blog: Smart educators, including local classroom star Ken Bernstein, a.k.a. teacherken. They debate everything from school lunches to standards. –Jay
Education Week–Bridging Differences: Diane Ravitch and Deborah Meier may be the most knowledgeable and articulate education experts in the country.–Jay
Eduoptimists : A professor of education and a director of education policy take in-depth looks at “the power of sociey, schools, colleges and educators to empower individuals, further learning, and reduce inequities … and have a little fun along the way.” — Valerie
GFBrandenburg’s Blog: This blogger loathes the D.C. schools chancellor, so his work is instructive for Rhee fans like me. He is terrific with statistics and a dogged reporter.
Inside School Research with Debra Viadero: Veteran education reporter Debra Viadero of Education Week knows how to dig into research on schools and learning and tell us whether it makes sense or not. Her posts are informative and lively.–Valerie
My Bellringers: Here are the tart observations of a Texas teacher and author. She has been flogging her book lately, but what’s wrong with that? –Jay
National Journal : A well-rounded blog that presents a wide of voice on all aspects of education policy.– Valerie
New America Foundation blogs: Early Ed Watch, Higher Ed Watch, Ed Money Watch all offer informative and original reporting and analysis on their respective subjects.–Valerie
Public School Insights: Sponsored by a consortium of districts, the Learning First Alliance, this site has a very smart and interesting blogger who ranges wide over the country.–Jay
Schoolgate: Journalist Sarah Ebner helps readers understand what she calls “the maze” of Britain’s education system. –Valerie
Stories From School: National Certified teachers tell stories about how policy decisions impact learning and teaching. — Valerie
The Quick and the Ed: The blog of the independent think tank Education Sector offers unorthodox analysis on the latest in education policy and research on a range of education subjects.– Valerie
The Line: Smart, funny comments by a 7th grade teacher, Dina Strasser, who writes very well. — Jay
The Teachers Desk: By teacher Jacqueline McTaggert, this is a place where teachers share ideas and opinions–and parents can stop by too. McTaggert has some fun features, including “Dunce Cap,” where she dishonors somebody every month for doing something dumb, and “Gold Star,” where she gives praise where praise is due.– Valerie
This Week in Education: Journalist and former Senate education staffer Alexander Russo writes about everything happening in education news and politics. Always something new to learn.–Valerie