Brian Donlon is a social studies teacher with 24 years in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland and two children in a Montgomery elementary school. He thinks all educational institutions should be judged by how highly staffers, parents and students rate them. I’m not sure he’s right, but that doesn’t matter. The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act encourages schools to move beyond test scores and add the measures Donlon favors, usually called school climate data.
Is there any hope for reasoned dialogue between the angry forces of left and right that divide our country? I am not seeing much evidence of that in Washington. But something has happened in a small but important corner of American education that suggests smart people on both sides can get together. Three years ago, I wrote about an acidic battle over revisions in the Advanced Placement U.S. History exam and a 54-page framework that identified topics that might be on the exam.
About this time of year, during my first year in college, I began thinking I had made a mistake. I liked the school where I’d landed, Occidental College, but it was only 30 miles up the 710 Freeway from my birthplace in Long Beach, Calif. I wanted to see the rest of the country. And I wanted to learn Chinese. Small problem: Occidental did not then have that course. I was scared. Was I ready to tear up my plans? College guides rarely say much about the transfer option, maybe because of that fear factor.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
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find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".